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South Carolina releases record-breaking industry recruitment in 2022

The South Carolina Department of Commerce today released its 2022 industry recruitment results which reflect historic economic activity. From January to December 2022, the state announced total capital investment of $10.27 billion, the single largest year in state history. That investment represents 120 projects and the creation of 14,083 new jobs.

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Grants awarded to improve 20 South Carolina communities

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State and community leaders graduate from South Carolina economic development training program

 The S.C. Department of Commerce (S.C. Commerce) and S.C. Economic Developers’ Association (SCEDA) today announced that 45 state and community leaders have graduated from a statewide economic development training program, S.C. Economic Development Institute (Institute).

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S.C. Commerce awarded grant to support export assistance programs

The South Carolina Department of Commerce (S.C. Commerce) has been awarded a State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) grant from the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) for the 10th consecutive year. The state received its full requested amount of $250,000 to support and encourage small business export success.

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Develop Carolina fellowship earns federal apprenticeship designation

Develop Carolina, a software development fellowship spearheaded by the South Carolina Department of Commerce (S.C. Commerce), Build Carolina and Apprenticeship Carolina, today announced that the program is officially a registered apprenticeship with the United States Department of Labor.

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S.C. Commerce launches new LocateSC online platform

Scribble season four lineup announced

The S.C. Commerce Office of Innovation today announced the cast of season four of Scribble’s Notes on Innovation series. The lineup includes thought-leaders from electric vehicle companies to innovative startups – all who exemplify the relentless pursuit of transformational ideas. The season four cast includes:

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Innovative workforce and education initiative visits Darlington Raceway on statewide tour

Governor Henry McMaster, Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III and statewide workforce development, higher education and career readiness officials convened at Darlington Raceway on March 29 to celebrate the visiting Roadtrip Nation RV, currently on a statewide journey.

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State and community leaders graduate from South Carolina economic development training program

The S.C. Department of Commerce (S.C. Commerce) and S.C. Economic Developers’ Association (SCEDA) today announced that 71 state and community leaders have graduated from a statewide economic development training program, the S.C. Economic Development Institute (Institute).

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State leads the nation as top exporter of tires and completed passenger motor vehicles

Gov. Henry McMaster, the S.C. Department of Commerce and the SC Ports Authority today announced that the state's 2021 export sales totaled $29.7 billion, according to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce. The state remains the top exporter of tires and completed passenger motor vehicles.

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