Kim Christ Named Director of SC Tech and SC Cyber; SC Council on Competitiveness Taps Former SC Codes Director to Lead Initiative Formerly Known as TechSC

(Columbia, SC) The South Carolina Council on Competitiveness today announced the rebrand of its technology initiative and named Kim Christ as its full-time initiative Director. Formerly TechSC and now SC Tech, the initiative is designed to accelerate the growth and innovation of technology and cybersecurity firms and to expand the talent pipeline in the sector.

During its first year, the initiative launched several working groups connecting partners across different technology sectors, hosted supply chain cybersecurity panels, and co-hosted a tech/cyber apprenticeship summit with Apprenticeship Carolina at SC Technical College System. The Council also launched the job portal, techscjobs.com, to help connect the state’s IT talent with tech firms who are actively recruiting for open positions during the COVID crisis.

“Thriving industries have one common denominator: They embrace technology,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “The expansion of SC Tech and our cybersecurity and technology cluster is yet another way that South Carolina remains an attractive and competitive place to do business. We’re creating an environment where innovative tech businesses with talented workforces have the networks and resources needed to grow.”

Susie Shannon, President & CEO of the Council added, “Our new branding as SC Tech acknowledges the early successes of the Council’s Technology Initiative bringing together tech industry leaders in addition to building stronger connections between tech company leaders and their peers in logistics and aerospace. It also better matches the branding for our other initiatives (SC Aerospace and SC Logistics).

“We’re excited to have a tech leader of Kim’s caliber. Kim will lead the next phase of SC Tech that will showcase and quantify the contributions of one of the state’s fastest growing industries with a cybersecurity and technology-focused economic impact study in addition to publishing an asset map that catalogs the breadth of existing tech companies and educational assets in the state.”

Prior to joining the Council, Christ served as Program Director for SC Codes, a collaboration between the S.C. Department of Commerce’s Office of Innovation and Build Carolina, which provides a free learning platform teaching and promoting careers in technology. During her time at SC Codes, Christ regularly worked with the Council, among other partners, to increase tech apprenticeships in the state.

“I’ve worked alongside the Council and seen first-hand its commitment to accelerating tech growth in South Carolina,” said Christ. “I am excited to officially join the team and leverage that momentum as we continue to bring together partners from across the state, creating a united tech cluster.”

Tom Persons, an early champion of the technology cluster in the state said, “South Carolina’s tech sector has steadily grown over the past decade and will only increase in importance as more businesses rely on technology to power their operations. SC Tech and the Council’s continued work to connect and promote the cluster will help advance technology as one of our strongest engines of economic growth.”