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South Carolina recognizes the importance of and supports international companies that locate here, ranking as the #1 state for attracting jobs through Foreign-Direct Investment per capita, three of the last five years. There are more than 520 international companies located in the Upstate, including Michelin, BMW, Bosch, ZF, Fujifilm, Toray, and Adidas. We understand the needs of international companies, and our region has the resources to assist foreign-owned companies who seek to expand their operations to the U.S.

South Carolina also recognizes the value of exports to our economy. As the #1 exporter of automobiles and tires in the nation, we have the infrastructure and the resources to support companies that want to export their product to the world. The Upstate SC Alliance is seeking to further this support with new initiatives being implemented as a product of our participation in the Global Cities Initiative.