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First in Aerospace Cluster Event Series Held at SiMT

Nearly 50 people representing 20 aerospace firms attended a networking event on January 30th organized by the SC Council on Competitiveness and hosted by the Southeastern Institute for Manufacturing Technology (SiMT) in Florence.

The series of quarterly networking events is one of many activities implemented by the SC Council on Competitiveness in partnership with the SC Department of Commerce to develop South Carolina’s aerospace cluster. The events are designed to connect aerospace firms with one another and with assets in the state that benefit the industry.

The January event included lunch, an update by the USC McNAIR Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research and a tour of SiMT's machining center, additive manufacturing center, 3-D interactive center, conference center and business incubator.

The next event is scheduled for April 29th in Charleston.  For more information, contact Director of Aerospace Initiatives Deborah Cameron at

Agribusiness Industry Cluster Releases Updated Economic Impact

$41.7 billion economic impact; 23% growth since 2006

South Carolina’s agribusiness industry cluster released an updated economic impact study prepared by Dr. James London and commissioned by the Palmetto Agribusiness Council (PABC), the South Carolina Department of Agriculture, South Carolina Farm Bureau, and Clemson University Public Service Authorities.  The agribusiness industry cluster impacted South Carolina’s economy to the tune of $41.7 billion in 2013.  The direct output of the agribusiness cluster is $26.8 billion, making agribusiness the largest industry cluster in the state. 

State Board of Education Adopts TransformSC's Profile of the South Carolina Graduate

South Carolina’s policy-making body responsible for public elementary and secondary education voted to adopt TransformSC’s Profile of the Graduate during their meeting on February 11th.

"It is important that efforts to transform South Carolina’s public education system are aligned to a common goal,”  said Dr. Traci Cooper, Chairperson of the SBE.  “We rally around this new Profile as a framework all South Carolinians can embrace.  It allows all of us - across all sectors - to speak a common language, around a common goal, towards unifying expectations of our students’ future.”


High-Impact, Small Businesses Taking Off Under Angel Investment Act

315 jobs; $11 million qualified investments

South Carolina Secretary of State Mark Hammond has released the annual report on impact of the High Growth Small Business Job Creation Act passed in June 2013.  The law created a 35% tax credit for “angel investors” who make investments in early stage, high-growth businesses in South Carolina.

The SC Council on Competitiveness supported the law - one of seven recommendations in the South Carolina Capital Market Study released by the Council in January 2013.  The study found South Carolina’s high-impact firms are a major driver of job creation in the state, accounting for 66.8% of net employment gains between 2004 and 2008.  However, the lack of access to capital was an obstacle to growth for these firms, effectively stalling job creation.

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 is organized by the SC Council on Competitiveness and features an agenda tailored for business leaders, policymakers and educators.  Participants will hear about early results from TransformSC schools, as well as teachers, parents and students.  Breakout topics for educators include project-based learning, competency-based progression, blended learning, culture of innovation, and continuous assessments.

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.  This year's speakers include SC Secretary of Transportation Janet Oakley, Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt, and President & CEO of SC Ports Jim Newsome.  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.

South Carolina Manufacturing Conference & Expo

April 14-15

TD Convention Center
Greenville, SC

Join manufacturing professionals from across the Southeastern U.S. to discuss the latest manufacturing trends and topics, share their vision, become inspired and immerse yourself in manufacturing culture.  This event includes: The Salute to Manufacturing Awards Luncheon, six keynote speakers, eight panel discussions, an exposition for manufacturing suppliers, a community job fair, a career fair for high school students, workshops, manufacturing tours and much more!

SC Council on Competitiveness is pleased to sponsor SCRA's panel discussion, Venture Capital and Creating Ecosystems for Manufacturing Start-Ups, on April 14th at 10:45 a.m.  This portion of the event is free with a conference pass.  To register for a FREE CONFERENCE AND EXPO PASS, click here.
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.  
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