6 Reasons to Choose Charleston, SC, as Your Next Business Location
To most Americans, Charleston, South Carolina, is known for its plentiful historic landmarks, its alluring architecture, its Lowcountry cuisine and its abundant Southern charm. But in the business world, the Charleston area — and the entire Palmetto State — have an altogether different claim to fame: their business-friendly policies and success-supporting attributes.
If your business is considering a relocation or an expansion, consider these six reasons the Charleston area should land high on your list of options — whether your company is looking for an industrial park, commercial real estate, or office space for sale in Charleston, S.C.
- A success-supporting state — South Carolina has long been a haven for business growth. In fact, the Palmetto State was ranked as a top-four state for doing business by Area Development magazine in 2021.
And the accolades for being business friendly certainly don’t stop there. Among the other honors South Carolina has recently claimed for its favorable business environment:
– Chosen the No. 1 state for economic development incentives by industry experts in a 2019 Area Development magazine survey.
– Named the 5th best state for business climate by Site Selection magazine in 2019 (and the 2nd best state for business climate in the executive portion of the same survey).
- A trained and ready workforce — The Charleston region offers a diverse and well-trained workforce over 500,000 people strong, with 21% of residents holding a bachelor’s degree and 11% holding a graduate degree or higher. Further, 40,000-plus students in the area’s colleges and trade schools are preparing themselves to join the region’s workforce. And the Charleston region continues to grow quickly, with an average of 34 new residents moving in each day.
- Easy global accessibility — With a seamless network of transportation infrastructure, the Charleston region offers a range of logistical advantages for business.
– By land: The Charleston region is served by a network of interstate and U.S. highways that make travel, as well as the transport of goods and materials, fast and efficient. Several major interstates and highways run throughout the region, with I-26 serving as the primary route into and out of Charleston. Interstates 95, 77, 20, 85 and 40 all connect directly to Charleston via I-26, and more than 150 trucking firms operate in the Charleston area.
– By air: Charleston International Airport is the state’s busiest, serving nearly 5 million passengers in 2019. More than a dozen major airlines provide passenger travel at the airport, where a $200 million terminal redevelopment project completed in 2016 saw the addition of five new gates and upgraded the terminal’s interior appearance. Cargo options at CHS include Atlas Air, FedEx Express and FedEx Feeder.
– By sea: The Port of Charleston is the deepest port on the Eastern Seaboard. And over the past 10 years, it’s been the nation’s fastest-growing major container port.
- A stellar site for business — Next generation commerce park Camp Hall — named the No.1 (and only ranked) commerce park in the Southeast and the No. 7 industrial park in the entire nation in 2021 by Business Facilities magazine — is located just a short drive inland from Charleston. Offering direct access to a brand-new I-26 interchange and a planned future connection to the CSX railroad via Palmetto Railways’ new industrial line, the commerce park’s strategic location makes sending and receiving goods and materials simple.
Further, with the infrastructure, permits, entitlements and people already in place, Camp Hall is designed with growth in mind. Designated commercial sites within Camp Hall are site-ready with innovative infrastructure, including strong technology connections so that your business can be easily transitioned to and prosper in South Carolina. And the commerce park offers the infrastructure and facilities needed for both explosive industry growth and a high quality of life for the workforce.
- A focus on sustainability —Camp Hall industrial park is constantly striving to maintain and improve the Lowcountry’s beautiful natural habitat. 28% of the entire site will be preserved land devoted to natural growth, wildlife habitats, and features developed to maintain and improve a healthy ecosystem. And South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has recognized Camp Hall for its environmental design with its prestigious Community Star award.
- Plenty of places for workers to call home — Camp Hall is also at the center of growth for the Charleston MSA. The region’s top three residential communities sold over 1,000 new homes in 2019 alone, and all three are located close to Camp Hall. For workers who choose to reside in the neighborhoods and communities surrounding Camp Hall, all of the elements needed to maintain a strong quality of life are within easy reach. And with plenty of nearby residential choices — including established neighborhoods and new developments in local communities such as Ridgeville, Sangaree, Summerville, Whitesville and Windwood — there’s no shortage of options for workers looking to put down roots.
To see all the benefits that next generation commerce park Camp Hall can provide to support your business’s needs, visit the Camp Hall website. To learn more about campus availability for your business plans, view our available sites. And if you have any questions at all about our master-planned commerce park, don’t hesitate to contact us today.