Igniting the aerospace cluster, TransformSC Schools show results, New Carolina leadership in the news
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Igniting the Aerospace Cluster

Cluster Development Continues with Impact Study and Industry Day

Organized efforts to develop the aerospace cluster in South Carolina began in 2012 with Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt's appointment of the SC Aerospace Task Force.  This group of industry leaders and stakeholders issued a strategic plan to grow the cluster in 2013.  As the Task Force was completing its report, New Carolina initiated a partnership with the SC Department of Commerce and received an Investing in Manufacturing Community Partnership grant from the US Economic Development Administration.  Efforts are now underway to transition the Task Force into an industry-led Aerospace Council.

On August 19th, the Southeast’s leading aerospace innovators and companies will meet in Columbia for the Inaugural SC Aerospace Industry Day Conference and Expo. USC's McNAIR Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research, New Carolina and the SC Aviation Association are the event's organizing partners. The SC Aviation Association is also hosting the third annual aerospace industry dinner that evening.  

TransformSC Schools Show Results

By Summer Ramsey

Communications Director - New Carolina

There are 37 TransformSC Schools and 3 TransformSC Districts, each at different stages of change.  Some are still designing and planning, while others have fully implemented transformational practices. It will take a long-term commitment to change the system that has been in place for over a century, but at least 3 schools fully implementing transformation are already seeing results. Whittemore Park Middle School in Conway, a school with a 98.8 poverty index, raised its state report card grade from a ‘D grade’ to a ‘B grade’ in just one academic year.   


SC Ranks 3rd in the nation for Career Readiness Certificates

To date, 224,122 South Carolinians have earned National Career Readiness Certificates, ranking South Carolina 3rd in the country for attainment of Career Readiness Certificates behind Michigan and Georgia.


New Carolina's president & CEO Ann Marie Stieritz on Carolina Business Review


New Carolina president & CEO Ann Marie Stieritz joined Dr. Randy Woodson, Chancellor of NC State University, and Catherine Wilson Horne, president & CEO of Discovery Place on Carolina Business Review to discuss innovation and public education in the Carolinas.  Click on the image to the left to watch the episode on YouTube.

Jim Reynolds receives Order of the Palmetto

Total Comfort Solutions CEO and longtime New Carolina leader Jim Reynolds was awarded the Order of the Palmetto from the Office of the Governor of South Carolina.  The award is the state’s highest civilian honor awarded for extraordinary lifetime achievement and service to the state.  SC Senator John E. Courson, on behalf of SC Governor Nikki Haley, presented Reynolds with the award on July 16th at the Midlands Technical College Beltline Campus.


Ann Marie Stieritz selected for Liberty Fellowship Class of 2016


New Carolina president & CEO Ann Marie Stieritz has been named to the Liberty Fellowship Class of 2016.  The 22 new Fellows were selected from over 400 nominations and represent all areas of South Carolina.  “Peppered heavily with leaders who have built successful models to address some of society’s greatest challenges, the Class of 2016 is creative and energetic,” added Executive Director Jennie Johnson. “They will be a force in South Carolina individually and perhaps even collectively.”


Aerospace Industry Day and Aviation Association Dinner

August 19

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
Columbia, SC

Mark your calendars and plan to participate in Aerospace Industry Day on August 19.  New Carolina's president & CEO Ann Marie Stieritz will serve on a discussion panel, and a study on the economic impact of the aerospace industry will be released.  

The day long conference will be end with the 3rd Annual Aviation Dinner.  Sponsorship opportunities are available.  
New Carolina, South Carolina’s Council on Competitiveness, is a statewide, business-led organization taking nonpartisan, research-driven action to grow the long-term economic competitiveness of South Carolina.  The organization’s signature work is developing target industries through clusters and the workforce through education initiatives.  For more information, visit
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