WELCOME TO CENTRAL SOUTH CAROLINA, USA
Central South Carolina, USA is a vibrant region of more than one million entrepreneurs, educators, engineers, skilled workers and craftspeople, tech talent and scientists who go to work every day driven by curiosity, courage, and a can-do spirit. Located in the heart of South Carolina, things happen here – in classrooms, in laboratories, and in the state house that change, not just a single town, but our entire state. From the factory floor to the boardroom, we are globally connected. Our distinct communities anchored by our dedicated people, have become the perfect home for globally recognized brands.
Our region is home to more than ten French companies – leaders in the plastics and rubber, machinery, logistics and consulting and customer service industries.View French
A Strategic Location For Global Success
Located in the heart of South Carolina, halfway between New York City and Miami, the Central SC Region provides unparalleled access to the U.S. Southeast. With four major interstates, the state’s largest cargo airport, and a short-drive to the 8th largest passenger airport in the United States and one of the nation’s most productive and efficient seaports, the Central SC Region makes it easy to succeed in a global marketplace.
66% of the U.S. population accessible within a day’s drive
Nearly 4,500 Central SC workers employed by French firms
$500 millionFrance is a Top 25 trading partner with South Carolina
Why French Companies Choose Central SC
Same Day Communication & Ease of Travel
Central South Carolina's location in the Eastern Standard Time Zone allows for day-of communication with Italy, while nearby Charlotte Douglas International Airport offers nonstop travel to Paris.
Mild Climate & Low Cost of Living
Central South Carolina’s mild climate translates to uninterrupted production and provides a desirable lifestyle. A cost of living well below the national average makes homeownership an achievable goal, while competitive wages keep companies profitable.
Business & Operating Costs
In South Carolina and the Central SC Region, we’ve designed and formalized a tax and incentive environment that positions business and people for success. From customized incentive packages and a host of credits and exemptions, Central SC makes business welcome while competitive utility costs help hold down operating costs.
From the state’s only national park, to lakes, rivers, forests, parks, greenways, and trails to gardens galore, and award-winning golf courses.
From opera, theater performances, and live music to museums, historic homes and landmarks.
Festivals & Events
From music, food, and beer festivals to galas, road and horse races, tournaments, concerts, and ethnic and holiday celebrations.
"We wanted to find a good, mid-sized city, affordable to live in, high quality of life, but we wanted it to have close proximity to a talent pipeline. We wanted to be close to universities, and we wanted to be close to areas where we could attract and retain talent. The City of Columbia and the state have been very instrumental in helping us get established."
Joe Greer, Vice President Capgemini