South Carolina was recently ranked by PwC as the 17th best state in the nation for aerospace companies. According to PwC’s latest aerospace manufacturing attractiveness rankings report, South Carolina’s relatively low set-up costs and generous tax policies make it a business-friendly location for aerospace companies. South Carolina’s more than 400 aerospace companies are responsible for 100,000 […]
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SC Aerospace Director Adrianne Beasley was featured today on South Carolina Business Review to talk about the upcoming SC Aerospace Conference and Expo Aug. 29-31 in Columbia. Beasley gave host Mike Switzer a preview of the sessions available at this year’s conference, including a session on unmanned aircraft systems and the economic benefits of using […]
Kansas City-based Kauffman Foundation has released its annual research ranking the 25 largest states in the nation on their startup activity and small business growth. South Carolina has maintained its No. 13 startup activity ranking and has risen four spots to No. 20 in small business activity. The Index of Startup Activity evaluates states’ new […]
South Carolina is currently experiencing a teacher shortage. But one school district thinks they’ve found a way to help get more teachers into classrooms. Greenville County Schools launched its GATE program – the Greenville Alternative Teacher Education Program – last fall. The three-year training program is designed to train people new to teaching, often those […]
Seven South Carolina cities were ranked in a recent national study of the best cities to start a business. Charleston-North Charleston ranked the highest of the seven, coming in at 82 of the 358 cities studied. Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach is listed at 144, Columbia at 154, Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin at 185, Spartanburg at 277, Sumter at […]
TransformSC’s Peggy Torrey appeared in a recent episode of SC ETV’s Carolina Classrooms focusing on college and career readiness. The panel was moderated by Lemuel Watson, former dean in the College of Education at the University of South Carolina and current Executive Director at the Center of Innovation in Higher Education. Other panelists included Sheila […]
On March 2nd, Pamela Lackey, State President of AT&T and TransformSC Co-Chair was interviewed by Mike Switzer on South Carolina Business Review. Lackey discussed the history of TransformSC and the progress the initiative has made since it began in 2013. She stressed the importance of leadership in sustaining innovation in education. She explained that […]
The SC Department of Commerce recently released the second edition of the South Carolina Innovation Plan which includes recommendations for how the state can better support the advanced manufacturing, life sciences, and technology industries. The SC Council on Competitiveness was one of 17 organizations asked to serve on an Innovation Steering Committee that had the […]
Research partnership between USC, Benedict College, The Citadel, and South Carolina State University Last month, Clemson University announced the development of the Center for Connected Multimodal Mobility. Clemson was one of 19 universities in the nation chosen by the U.S. Department of Transportation to lead a transportation center. Clemson was awarded a $1.4 million grant […]
Deborah Cameron, the Council’s director of aerospace initiatives, was recently named to Columbia Business Monthly’s list of 50 most influential people in the Midlands. Columbia Business Monthly cites Cameron’s work within SC Aerospace as making her “an integral figure in the development of the state’s aerospace cluster.” Check out the January issue of Columbia Business Monthly for the full […]
President & CEO Ann Marie Stieritz was recently interviewed by Midlands Anchor in reference to the announcement of a $1.7 million expansion from TCube Solutions in Columbia. The Midlands’ Insurance Technology cluster (iTs|SC) is an industry cluster supported by the Council, and Stieritz points to the TCube as an example of robust industry cluster activity leading to […]
SC Biz Magazine featured the Council’s research on the aerospace industry cluster in the Fall issue, highlighting the initiative’s recently released research on the cluster’s development, involvement in July’s Farnborough Air Show and a letter from the editor, Licia Jackson, discussing the importance of aerospace to the state.
This month’s Columbia Business Monthly featured a story on SC’s logistics industry and how the Council is working map the industry through its SC Logistics initiative. Click the photo to read the article.
TransformSC hosted its first annual Bus Tour on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. Business leaders, community leaders and policymakers traveled to four schools in the Midlands region to see the difference that innovative education models are making in classrooms. Attendees were able to tour individual classrooms and speak with teachers and administrators about their journey to […]
South Carolina was awarded a 2016 Gold Shovel Award by Area Development for its continued employment and investment growth in 2015. The state’s 3.3 percent growth in employment and increased output from key industry sectors, particularly the aviation and automotive sectors, were two key factors in earning this award for the 3+ to 5 million […]
South Carolina’s aerospace industry was a hot topic in this month’s issues of Greenville Business Magazine and Columbia Business Monthly. Both magazines featured a column by SC Aerospace Chairman Steve Townes on the industry’s explosive growth in South Carolina and the Southeast. There are also several articles featuring the aviation sector’s rapid expansion in both […]
TransformSC was featured in an editorial authored by Cindi Scoppe in today’s issue of The State, entitled “A better way to think about, and do, education.” Becoming a TransformSC school is like being accepted into a leadership program: Just completing the self-assessment helps schools focus on transformation. Once they’re in, they get some individualized attention, the business community […]
TransformSC Co-Chair and State President of AT&T was featured on SC Business Review March 2nd to give an update on progress so far and all the details for the upcoming Spring Conference on March 17th. Listen here>> Register for the conference>>
The Riley Institute announced its selections for its Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI) 9th Class of Fellows on Feb. 10, 2016. Among the 41 leaders selected from the Midlands were three members of TransformSC’s Steering Committee. Bernadette Hampton of the South Carolina Education Association, Beth Phibbs of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators and Scott […]
TransformSC was recently featured on WLTX’s news at 6 p.m. WLTX’s Sonia Gutierrez spoke with attendees of TransformSC’s Blended Learning Institute on Feb. 4 and our own Dr. Peggy Torrey to learn more about what blended learning and other transformative methods are and how they can help students succeed.
President & CEO of the SC Council on Competitiveness, Ann Marie Stieritz, participated in The Real Economy Forum – a two-hour event hosted by WLTX, Wells Fargo and USA Today focusing on the economic conditions of South Carolina. Senator Tim Scott delivered opening remarks followed by a panel discussion on the findings of the […]