County, South Carolina: Location, Livability and an International
of the top "Ten U.S. Adrenaline Outposts" according
to National Geographic magazine. Georgetown County, South
Carolina recently earned this distinction for its world-class
fishing, boating and recreational opportunities.
Georgetown County offers will give a "rush" to more
than just outdoor enthusiasts. With easy access to ports,
an available and trainable work force, and lower costs than
almost anywhere in the country, Georgetown County will "quicken
the pulse" of all businesses in search of a standout
number of companies are discovering that Georgetown County
offers a strong economic climate, which holds down operating
costs and increases return on investment. Over the past year
alone, six industries have announced plans to locate in Georgetown
County, according to Jeff Kinard, chairman of the county's
economic development commission.
successes can be attributed to having a strong product to
sell. The good quality of life, paired with the availability
of land and buildings at reasonable prices, make Georgetown
County attractive," said Allen Burns, Director of Planning
locating industry reduce startup time, Georgetown County provides
an abundance of ready-to-go sites and buildings. Currently,
the county has established infrastructure at three separate
industrial parks, with an additional 500-acre park under development.
This latest venture, Georgetown County Commerce Center, is
a Class "A" business park served by all utilities
and home to a new 40,000 square-foot shell building.
Airport Park, another one of the county's sites, Horry-Georgetown
Technical College recently completed a $1.5 million expansion.
As part of the expansion, Coastal Carolina University also
brought its branch operations and four-year curriculum under
the same roof. Now, companies at the industrial park and throughout
Georgetown County can benefit from proximity to the unique
Technical College, companies can also take advantage of South
Carolina's highly acclaimed work force training program, called
The Center for Accelerated Technology Training (CATT). At
no cost to the company, CATT is available to recruit, screen
and provide customized training of employees anytime a company
enlarges its South Carolina work force.
part of what makes Georgetown County so attractive is the
rare combination of location and livability. For example,
it is positioned halfway between New York and Miami for easy
access to both customers and suppliers. Although distinctively
rural, the area is flanked by larger communities like Myrtle
Beach, 35 miles to the north, and historic Charleston, 60
miles to the south.
County is also home to a major port, enabling companies to
conveniently and cost-effectively receive raw materials and
ship finished goods. Directly on the coast, the International
Port of Georgetown handles more than 1.8 million tons of bulk
cargo from Latin America, Europe and Asia every year. With
Charleston so nearby, Georgetown County companies can also
utilize the second largest container port on the East Coast
where 40 steamship companies carry materials to 140 countries
with a strong geographic location, quality of life in Georgetown
County has proven a major draw for businesses and individuals
alike. Newcomers are discovering the area at a record pace
attracted by the opportunity to enjoy life. The population
is projected to grow 11 percent by 2010 and 25 percent between
2000 and 2025, further enlarging the available work force.
to the livability are 35 miles of white-sand Atlantic Coast
beaches, stunning natural beauty, historic appeal and culture,
along with small-town living graced by big-city opportunities.
For golf enthusiasts, the county is home to 17 championship
courses (with 100 more nearby) designed by legends such as
Pete Dye, Tom Fazio and Jack Nicklaus.
end, it's affordable business costs, ready-to-go product,
a growing work force, central location and an outstanding
quality of life that make Georgetown County, South Carolina
one of the South's most thrilling spots-not only for adrenaline
junkies, but also for businesses on their way to the top.
information on Georgetown County, visit www.seegeorgetown.com