Lowcountry Region Economic Development
The Lowcountry Region is comprised of the four southernmost counties of South Carolina that includes; Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton and Colleton Counties. Located along the “Aerospace Corridor” of the southeast, the region’s locational proximity between the two major ports of Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA and three military installations including; Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island and the U.S. Naval Station Beaufort, the region’s economic vitality and workforce strength positions it among top locations for business and industry in the State and along the south coast.
Robust interstate and highway networks connect the Lowcountry Region to major U.S. markets via Interstate 95 and US Highways north/south via Highway 17 and east/west via Highway 26.
Locationally advantageous position between two major U.S. ports of Savannah, GA and Charleston, SC.
Substantial and diverse inventory of available buildings including business park sites and developing industrial parks with available greenfield sites for new construction.
Ample water & sewer infrastructure and electric & gas utilities offering competitive rates to business and industry supports existing and future development growth in the region.
- Workforce & Education
The Technical College of the Lowcountry, the Lowcountry Region’s premier education and workforce training partner, provides education and training to early-college high school students, post-secondary students and job-seekers on three campuses located in Beaufort, Hampton and Colleton counties and on-line anywhere in the U.S.
Strong pipeline of highly-trained transitioning military entering the local workforce.
The University of South Carolina Beaufort (USC-B), South Carolina’s newest 4-year university, offers two regional campuses.
Robust career and technology education programs (CATE) in regional public schools.
- Business Climate
The Lowcountry is the fastest growing region in the State of South Carolina.
Competitive state and local incentives promote the location of new and expanding business and industry.
Utility providers offer cost reductions through competitive rate structures for business and industry.
The State of South Carolina’s readySC program works in partnership with the Technical College of the Lowcountry to provide customized workforce training to prepare a workforce that meets the needs of new and expanding business and industry.
Government and private investments in distribution facilities, developing business and industrial parks in the region.
Positive real estate market boasts affordable housing, commercial and industrial properties.
- Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development
The Beaufort Digital Corridor attracts, nurtures and promotes Beaufort’s knowledge and tech economy.
Incubation and support of technology business start-ups is available through the Don Ryan Center for Innovation.
USCB Small Business Development Center provides technical and managerial support to individuals wishing to start or expand a business enterprise.
Service Corps of Retired Executives, SC Lowcountry SCORE, is a highly active and successful small business mentoring and training service provided by experts and professionals from business and industry.
Labor Market Information
SC Works Online deploys and maintains the state’s largest workforce development database. This comprehensive tool provides employers access to labor market statistics, state-wide jobs posting portal, database of potential candidates and job-market trends and demographics by county and region, in real-time.
Beaufort County Geographic Information System.