A Strategic Location
Positioned in the heart of South Carolina, and the rapidly growing Southeast, the Central SC Region's natural geographic advantage translates into efficient connections to customers and suppliers. Combining a desirable location with smart investments in infrastructure, competitive industrial utility rates, and a cost of living well below the national average, Central SC delivers a globally connected, world-class home.
A Prime Destination for Business
2/3of the U.S. population accessible within a day's drive
Home to theLargest air cargo operation in SC at CAE
SC has one of the lowest industrial power rates at roughly 14% below the national average.
Green initiatives are on the rise, helping businesses stretch their dollars. SC and power companies provide rebates and incentives for qualified businesses.
The cost of natural gas ( $5.60 mcf) in SC remains competitive.
Water & Wastewater
With seven of the eight major river basins in the state flowing through Central SC, companies in the region have access to an abundant, high-quality supply of fresh water.
Per 1,000 gallons (inside/outside city or town):
NE to SW
to Kent, TX
SE to NW
to Kingston, TN
S to N
to Cleveland, OH
N to S
to Miami, FL
Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE)
located within region
25 nonstop flights to 10 Major Airports in 9 Cities • Direct Flights To Major International Airport (CLT) Via Charlotte • Nearly 1.1 Million Passengers Served in 2022 • Cargo Hub for UPS and FedEx • 70,000,000 pounds of landed weight cargo in 2022
Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
95 miles N
Nonstop Service To 183 Destinations • Service to 35 International Destinations • Ranked 6th in the world for air traffic & for passenger traffic • Averaging 1,600 Daily aircraft movements • Serves More Than 43M Passengers Annually On Average • Home To Norfolk Southern's Charlotte Regional Intermodal Facility
Port of Charleston
120 Miles SE
8th Largest U.S. Port • #3 U.S. Port For North Europe Container Volume • Deepest Water On The East Coast• All Major Container Carriers • 60 minute two-way truck turnaround • Neo-Panamax service with channel of 52' MLW inner harbor • International Destinations: Africa, Asia, Australia, Central America, Europe, South America Med • Intermodal And Merchandise Rail Services Through CSX And Norfolk Southern
Port of Savannah
178 Miles S
Largest Single-terminal Container Facility in The Nation • 3rd busiest container gateway in the nation • 3 Million SF of warehouse space with access to rail and interstate • Served By CSX & Norfolk Southern • International destinations: Africa, Asia, Australia, Central America, Europe, South America
Shipping & Foreign Trade Zones
UPS Southeast Region Air Hub & Fedex Ground Hub Located On-site At CAE • FTZ 127 Located At CAE • FTZ 21 Located At Port Of Charleston, Includes Orangeburg • Individual FTZ Sites Established Across The State
CSX & Norfolk Southern offer 2,300+ Miles Of Rail Statewide • Combined Intermodal Facilities located In Charleston & Charlotte