Charleston County Economic Development Provides Comprehensive Business Support> Charleston Business Journal
The mission is to provide assistance for business success, to lead the advancement of economic growth
VSHarleston County Economic Development is a valuable business partner for local industries. Department staff compare their service to that of a corporate concierge, available to assist business leaders with hiring, resources, relocation assistance, or whatever else they need to succeed.
This includes specialized training of the workforce, linking businesses with financial assistance programs and advocacy for local businesses at the government level.
Since its inception in 1993, Charleston County Economic Development has helped facilitate and advertise over 36,000 jobs and a $ 6.7 billion investment by businesses in the community.
âOur mission is to lead the advancement of economic growth and shared prosperity for all of Charleston County,â said Ashley Richardson, director of strategy and communications for economic development for Charleston County. âWe are approaching this by recruiting new companies, taking care of our existing industry and improving the business climate. The most impactful part is building relationships with business owners for the life of their business. ”
The main industries that the Economic Development Department supports are aerospace, automotive, international trade and logistics, life sciences, information technology, defense, manufacturing, distribution and headquarters social.
âWorkforce has become an increasingly important discussion among all the businesses we support, and we’ve become rooted in connecting businesses with resources in the region to train workers and promote opportunities. jobs, âsaid Richardson. âOur relationship with a company does not end with a ribbon cut. We are an added value for the whole life of their business.
A major success has been the training of workers at the Mercedes-Benz Vans plant which opened its $ 500 million campus in 2018 in North Charleston.
âWhen Mercedes-Benz Vans announced the opening of its plant here, it had to hire 1,300 people in no time. We rolled up our sleeves and found a way to do a lot of job fairs and work not only with the SC Department of Commerce, but also with Trident Technical College to deliver a program (ManuFirst SC) to train people. workers, which has speeded up their hiring process and provided tremendous skills for future employees who want to start a career in manufacturing, âsaid Richardson.
Charleston County Economic Development promotes job openings on its social media platforms, which helps recruit top talent, and posts positive news about business events to the media.
âThe work we do improves our community,â said Richardson. âIt is gratifying to see our citizens find jobs in one of our existing industries and create rewarding careers and better lives. That’s what public service is, and we’re proud to build a thriving business community in Charleston.