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Charleston's boom feeling an aftershock from traffic congestion, housing shortage

We Stand For Progress Reports | Jan 3, 2020 @ 3:00pm

Exponential growth in the technology, hospitality and tourism sectors, as well as thousands of jobs associated with the Port of Charleston, are all touted as examples of an economic boom for Greater Charleston, but a lack of affordable housing and increasing commuter congestion may soon outweigh all the benefits if not immediately addressed.


Charleston's new prosperity is not equal-opportunity wealth

We Stand For Progress Reports | Jan 2, 2020 @ 11:52am

With the shipping, technology, hospitality and tourism industries all growing by leaps and bounds, the Charleston area is booming like never before.


More affordable housing coming to Charleston in 2020

We Stand For Progress Reports | Dec 16, 2019 @ 4:34pm

The situation for Charleston residents in need of affordable housing is looking better – a lot better, according to one local government agency.


Charleston tech sector offering more high-paying jobs, CDC reports

We Stand For Progress Reports | Dec 4, 2019 @ 10:57pm

Charleston’s tech sector continues to grow, with more than half of local tech companies creating new jobs in 2019 and 91 percent of them saying they expect to do so in the future.


S.C. Ports Authority looking to expand retail operations

We Stand For Progress Reports | Dec 4, 2019 @ 10:56pm

A study conducted by University of South Carolina research economist Joey Von Nessen, and recently released by the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA), found that growth of the Port of Charleston and its associated inland ports over the last decade or so has dovetailed almost precisely with the growth of the state's manufacturing industry.


SCPA report claims ports add more than $63 billion to state economy

We Stand For Progress Reports | Nov 1, 2019 @ 10:46am

The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA), which operates the Port of Charleston and two inland ports, released a study last week on the ports’ impact on the economy of the Charleston region and the state overall.


Inland Port Greer grows commerce, jobs for suppliers, consumers

We Stand For Progress Reports | Oct 28, 2019 @ 8:00am

Six years ago, the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) extended its reach, literally, when it opened Inland Port Greer, located 212 miles inland, in Upstate South Carolina between Atlanta and Charlotte along Interstate 85 in Greer, next to BMW’s automotive campus.


Explore Charleston launches mentoring program for entry-level hospitality workers

We Stand For Progress Reports | Oct 24, 2019 @ 8:00am

Charleston is taking steps to see that entry-level workers in the booming local hospitality field receive proper training and mentoring to enable those interested better pursue successful, lucrative careers in the industry.


Port of Charleston recovers quickly from Hurricane Dorian

We Stand For Progress Reports | Oct 21, 2019 @ 8:00am

In the end, a little luck and a lot of foresight contained damage to the Port of Charleston from Hurricane Dorian to some containers knocked over and some buoys that were bounced around by the raging winds.


State's economy still growing, but more slowly

We Stand For Progress Reports | Oct 15, 2019 @ 9:20am

The rate of economic growth in South Carolina, and the Charleston area in particular, is slowing down, says an economist with the University of South Carolina.


Charleston named top relocation destination by

We Stand For Progress Reports | Oct 1, 2019 @ 6:20pm’s recently released “Cross Market Demand Report” shows Charleston as the top destination for those looking to relocate.


Greater Charleston: We have room for more industry

We Stand For Progress Reports | Sep 25, 2019 @ 3:56pm

The pace at which business decisions, even major ones, are made is ever-increasing, which means that areas that want to attract more business need to make it as quick and easy as possible for companies to move right in.


Charleston hopes for state grant to aid in Low Battery project

We Stand For Progress Reports | Sep 25, 2019 @ 2:46pm

Charleston’s Low Battery is an important seawall along a major artery for residents and a recreation mecca for residents and tourists alike. It is also a century old.


"Last mile" will connect port to terminal

We Stand For Progress Reports | Aug 26, 2019 @ 9:35am

“The Last Mile” is a popular title for movies and books, and a common metaphor for what people walk when they reach the end of the line.


Charleston adding new hotel option as historic anniversary approaches

We Stand For Progress Reports | Aug 15, 2019 @ 10:36am

The coming year will mark the 350th anniversary of the beautiful city of Charleston, and as the city prepares for its historic anniversary a new hotel is coming to the area.


Charleston Tech Center breaks ground in city's digital corridor

We Stand For Progress Reports | Aug 2, 2019 @ 3:59pm

It has taken five years of discussions and planning, but the Charleston Tech Center (CTC) is about to become a reality with construction underway and completion slated for late 2020.


South Carolina Ports Authority expresses concerns about tariff uncertainties

We Stand For Progress Reports | Jul 29, 2019 @ 8:00am

“The world connects here,” is what the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) had to say about the port of Charleston, which experienced 9 percent growth in shipping in fiscal year 2019 over 2018, is dredging to handle even larger ships and has generated related construction projects such as a mile-long access road and a massive distribution facility.


New law shines bright on state energy options

We Stand For Progress Reports | Jul 22, 2019 @ 8:00am

A new law passed in South Carolina allows more energy options for state residents and businesses.


It's a workers' market in South Carolina as employers struggle to find qualified employees

We Stand For Progress Reports | Jul 19, 2019 @ 8:00am

It’s a complaint heard all across the country—companies bemoaning their inability to recruit and retain the workforce they need, even when they are willing to pay them well. South Carolina, despite its growth, is not immune.


Housing stock not meeting needs in Charleston

We Stand For Progress Reports | Jul 17, 2019 @ 10:24am

The Charleston area — its city, county and surrounding environs — is experiencing a period of major growth, accelerated by substantial investments in the Port of Charleston and related infrastructure. A healthy tourist industry, growing tech sector and influx of retirees from chillier climes are also feeding the growth.