The Council's new website, next steps for the aerospace cluster, Transform SC to host spring conference
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The South Carolina Council on Competitiveness launched a new website:  The updated site features streamlined navigation as well as:
Our President & CEO Ann Marie Stieritz was a recent guest on South Carolina Business Review to discuss the name change and new website.  Click the image below to hear the interview.

Aerospace Industry Cluster Surging Ahead in 2015

Q&A with Deborah Cameron

By Summer Ramsey

Communications Director - SC Council on Competitiveness

Aerospace is an emerging industry cluster in South Carolina, but one that holds the promise of significant and increasing economic impact. In 2014, the SC Council on Competitiveness entered a partnership agreement with the SC Department of Commerce to develop and strengthen the cluster. 

I sat down with our Director of Aerospace Initiatives, Deborah Cameron, to discuss her work so far. She recapped an eventful year and gave a preview of what’s next.

Q:  How do you define and measure success?

"A couple of critical things we will monitor are the number of aerospace firms and increases in employment.  We are also researching how we are competing with other states in the Southeast so that we can build and maintain a competitive edge..."



iTs|SC Industry Cluster Graduates First Class of Leadership Insurance


iTs|SC, Columbia's Insurance Technology and Services cluster graduated eight participants from its first annual Leadership Insurance program in November. The program was designed for up-and-comers of the local insurance tech and services industry, attracting some of the local industry's highest potential employees. Participants represented a range in age and experience, and came from five different companies from around the Midlands.

"Leadership Insurance 2014 provided me the perfect opportunity to network with other insurance professionals in the Midlands, learn more about their organizations and about the broader insurance industry," said Jason Zier of Colonial Life, a 2014 Leadership Insurance graduate. "It was definitely time well invested!"

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TransformSC to Host Spring Conference March 9th

Agenda Tailored for Business Leaders, Legislators and Educators

TransformSC will be hosting its spring conference on March 9th at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.  This year's agenda includes specialized tracks for business leaders, educators and policy makers.  Participants will hear about early results in TransformSC Schools and learn about tools to build a culture of innovation in schools and communities.  Keynote speakers Dr. Jeff Borden and Diana Laufenberg will speak on creating personalized classrooms and "Education 3.0."    The draft schedule and registration information is now available on the Council's website.

Port of Charleston Tour with the TDL Council

February 5

Charleston, SC

Join the TDL Council and the Charleston Regional Business Journal
for an exclusive tour of the Port of Charleston aboard SpiritLine Cruises
  • Hear from SC Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome as well as a panel of railways and South Carolina manufacturers as they discuss moving freight through the Port 
  • Tour the Wando and Columbus Street terminals by water aboard a SpiritLine Dining Yacht (tour led by Jack Ellenberg of SCPA)
  • Enjoy a networking happy hour as the sun sets over the Charleston Harbor

South Carolina Automotive Summit

February 23-25

Greenville, SC

The 4th Annual S.C. Automotive Summit is organized by South Carolina's Automotive Industry Cluster (the South Carolina Automotive Council) and presented by KPMG.  This year’s Summit features national and global thought leaders from nearly every key automotive sector, including manufacturing, design, engineering, R&D, education, government, and journalism. 

TransformSC Spring Conference

March 9

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
Columbia, SC

The TransformSC Spring Conference features an agenda tailored for business leaders, policymakers and educators.  Participants will hear about early results from TransformSC Schools, how to build a culture of innovation, and personalizing classrooms.

TDL Summit

March 17

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
Columbia, SC

The annual Summit hosted by the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Council (TDL Council) brings together political and business leaders from around the state to review the status of the TDL industry cluster in South Carolina.  The agenda will examine latest national trends, celebrate industry successes, and discuss the critical issues to be solved in order to move our state forward.

2015 Manufacturing Conference and Expo

April 13-15 2015

Greenville, SC
SCBIZ has organized the inaugural SC Manufacturing Conference and Expo. The event, which will include the 13th Salute to Manufacturing Awards Luncheon, a manufacturing expo, several interactive, practical workshops, and tours of area manufacturing plants, will be held in Greenville - the heart of South Carolina’s Upstate region and one of the strongest manufacturing centers in the country. 
The South Carolina Council on Competitiveness is a nonpartisan, business-led non-profit organization committed to advancing the long-term economic competitiveness of our state, industries, and citizens.  Our work is accomplished through:
  • Actionable research on opportunities and threats to South Carolina’s competitiveness;
  • Support of industry clusters that provide South Carolina a competitive advantage; and
  • Education and workforce development initiatives that ensure all South Carolina’s citizens are equipped to compete in a global economy.  
We execute our work through partnerships recognizing that our state’s economic success is secured through sustained collaboration among the private, public, academic and non-profit sectors.  For more information, visit  
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