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.
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