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  1. CBRE's 2020 Scoring Tech Talent study largely focuses on the top 50 tech markets in the U.S. and Canada and utilizes several metrics to rank them in terms of the strength and competitiveness of their tech workforces. No SC city is among the top 50, but Columbia was ranked #13 of 25 smaller markets (according to relative strength) with growth potential and possible opportunities for expansion (pg. 46).
  2. From what I've read, the owners of No Grease (which I patronized when I lived in Charlotte and still do whenever I visit and need to get lined up) were aware of the terms of the temporary lease, but because of their existing business relationship with Simon Property Group, they thought that the lease would be honored for the full year. They are a successful, well-regarded locally-owned business and it was smart of the owners to generate a bit of publicity in order to get a response from the community. They said they didn't believe they were discriminated against, but I guess they got a real taste of how shrewd business can be sometimes.
  3. It looks like the model is saying it's SC with a correlation of 84 and Alabama coming in second at 79? That's...interesting and I'm not fully understanding how that was being calculated. That said, this was a predictive model for last year's election and thus didn't include any 2020 election data.
  4. I think you're actually making my case for me here as far as Charlotte is concerned. For as long as many of us can probably remember, Charlotte has been especially concerned with its image which goes hand in hand with its long-held big city aspirations. Charlotte's fundamental approach to urban development was initially established on a disregard for its architectural/structural heritage (i.e., out with the old, in with the new) and further advanced via Hugh McColl's desire to have Charlotte look the part of a cosmopolitan, cultured city fitting to be the home of some of the nation's biggest financial institutions beginning in the 80s with the rapid ascent of NCNB (which bankrolled several of the first modern developments in Uptown) and First Union. From that point forward, I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that, in large part, Charlotte's idea of progress revolved around getting items checked off its big city checklist primarily as a way of boosting its metropolitan bonafides (e.g., professional sports teams/venues, light rail, NASCAR HOF, coveted retailers, political conventions, the latest additions to the skyline, Wake Forest medical school, etc.) and how frequently it was mentioned on various "best cities" lists (which is why its exclusion from the Amazon HQ2 finalist list really stung). This is how a city with a reputation for being relatively progressive on matters of racial equality and inclusion as well as an economic juggernaut also becomes known for highly segregated public schools, riots that occurred in the wake of a police shooting of a newly-transplanted Black husband and father in 2016, and, as of a few years ago, very low economic mobility. Understand, I'm not saying any of this to beat up on Charlotte which I will always regard as my beloved first home away from home, but I think lofty, aspirational mottos adopted by state politicians in a much different state and a much different era, much less characterizations of humility and conceit assigned to states in that same very different era, should be regarded as the obvious anachronisms they are. Otherwise, things begin to sound not unlike online comments sections under any politicized news article wherein the historic roots of our two main political parties are mentioned as a way of castigating one and vindicating the other--and just so it isn't left unsaid, this is highly disingenuous. Okay maybe they don't start to sound THAT bad, but anyone who describes NC as the humble, modest underdog uncomfortably stuck betwixt patronizing and high-falutin' SC and VA in the second decade of the 21st century isn't really being completely honest. And NC should be proud of the immense progress it has made over the past century and shouldn't be made to feel bad about blowing its own horn as sheer boosterism (with some actual substance to it) has been a tried-and-true way for places in the South in particular to counter stubborn negative regional stereotypes and accelerate their progress . Atlanta may have established the blueprint for this "New South" MO more than a century ago, but it didn't take Charlotte and NC very long to adopt that same strategy and replicate many of Atlanta's successes.
  5. For one, the presence of the Catawba River is a big reason. This article sums it up pretty well. An excerpt: Why not put the new settlement on the river? Well, the river was miles from the trading path, and - worse by far - not a navigable passage for trading craft... “The river was of negligible importance - until James Buchanan Duke figured out how to dam it up,” said Hanchett. When the company that would eventually become Duke Energy began building dams to supply textile mills with hydroelectric power in the early 1900s, it kicked off a major economic boom. And as Duke grew, so did the dams and lakes, until the biggest, at Cowans Ford, established Lake Norman in the early 1960s. The dams created huge bodies of water near Charlotte that were now available for recreation and lakefront homebuilding, including Lake Norman, Lake Wylie and Mountain Island Lake. Duke owned much of the waterfront, and its subsidiary Crescent Resources (since spun off, and now Crescent Communities) developed much of that land into luxury subdivisions like The Sanctuary at Lake Wylie. Most of the waterfront near Charlotte has thus remained in private hands with limited public access points, with the exception of a few areas such as Lake Norman State Park. Another reason Charlotte can feel disconnected from the water is the way the city’s airport grew and effectively blocked a lot of development from moving west. The least developed part of the county now is the stretch of land between Charlotte Douglas International Airport and the river, most of which is still forested or farmland and looks like it’s from another decade (There were goats wandering one of the roads the last time I drove through there). Most of the land still doesn’t have sewer lines, another major roadblock to development. Add to this the relative lack of east/west road connections between Gaston and Mecklenburg counties, the western portion of I-485 being the last to get built, and the move to conserve land in the Catawba River Basin starting in the early 90's that gave birth to what is now the Catawba Lands Conservancy; because of its efforts, nearly 17,000 acres of land within the vicinity of the river in NC is preserved, with a nice chunk being located in eastern Gaston County. Also Gaston County has historically had the largest textile industry within a textile-rich region which made it a bit more economically independent than other surrounding counties--which also means it got hit a bit harder with the decline of the industry, especially without any other sizable industries, institutional anchors, or spillover economic growth from Mecklenburg to help cushion the blow. York and Lancaster counties have the advantage of being located in SC and the ability to leverage differences in costs and regulatory structures with NC to lure jobs and residents, which is made easier by their proximity to I-485 early on, Ballantyne, and Lake Wylie; York County also has Winthrop as an institutional anchor. Union County benefits from proximity to booming, affluent southeast Charlotte and the earliest segments of I-485 to open. Cabarrus County was able to capture spillover growth from University and build upon that, especially with respect to retail, as well as the Speedway and motorsports industry. Iredell County attributes its growth to Lake Norman, the motorsports industry, and Lowe's HQ. Gaston is at a relative disadvantage with western Mecklenburg being the last frontier for development in the county due to land use patterns and lack of infrastructure, so there's no type of spillover Gaston could've benefited from due to increasing development on the other side of the county line (which resulted in more undeveloped land near the Catawba River that could be more easily put into conservation). Aside from that, it doesn't have the motorsports presence, a legacy corporate headquarters like Lowe's, or a sizable university like Winthrop to help drive growth (Belmont Abbey is nice, but rather small). Obviously things have changed within the past 10+ years as bordering counties get more crowded and congested in the parts closest to Mecklenburg and folks have realized how nice places in eastern Gaston (Belmont, Mount Holly) are, plus you have I-485 attracting more development to west Mecklenburg like the Whitewater Center, the outlet mall, the Amazon facilities. With the development of the River District, expect Gaston County to eventually look just like the other bordering counties.
  6. Charlotte is cut from the same New South boosterism cloth as Atlanta, and it has paid off. Reputations and state mottos from the 18th century have become a bit outdated I'd say.
  7. The economic indicators in the Milken study correlate to actual economic performance, not job announcements which take time to materialize. Affordable housing costs are factored in as well, and for the first time if I'm not mistaken. That's probably what caused Charlotte to slip more than anything.
  8. The Milken Institute's Best Performing Cities 2021 study is out. This is probably the most comprehensive and well-regarded of its kind and it carries much weight (at least to me it does). Columbia is among the cities that improved its standing the most compared to the previous year's study. Among the metros within the "large cities" category (populations of 250K and up), it was the 7th-biggest gainer, jumping 51 spots from 128th in 2020 to 77th in 2021. It appears that its strong showing in the "High-tech GDP growth 2018-2019" and "High-tech GDP growth 2014-2019" categories played a big role here, ranking 7th and 19th in each category, respectively. For comparison purposes, Charleston ranked 29th overall (compared to 13th last year) and Greenville came in at 45th (compared to 42nd last year).
  9. A three-story red brick office building could be on the rise along the capital city’s North Main Street corridor. Columbia developer Scott Middleton is seeking design approval for the $17 million project, to be located on the same lot as another Middleton family development — an upcoming 65,000-square-foot sports-themed brewery announced in February 2019. Middleton could not be reached for comment. Potential tenants and the timeline for construction are unknown.
  10. Pall Corporation (Pall), a global leader in filtration, separation and purification, today announced plans to establish operations in Spartanburg County. The company is creating 425 new jobs and investing $30.2 million into a new facility that will support the rapid development and production of vaccines and therapeutics, including a COVID-19 vaccine. Pall serves the needs of customers across the broad spectrum of life sciences and industry and works with clients around the world to advance health, safety and environmentally responsible technologies. Located at 816 Berry Shoals Road in Duncan, Pall's new facility will focus primarily on single-use technology such as the Allegro™single-use platform. The facility is expected to be operational in May 2021.
  11. BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina will add 702 full-time jobs in the next five years and invest more than $60 million in Columbia after the company re-negotiated a tax-break agreement with Columbia and Richland County.
  12. BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina will add 702 full-time jobs in the next five years and invest more than $60 million in Columbia after the company re-negotiated a tax-break agreement with Columbia and Richland County.
  13. Generac, a leading global power and energy technology company serving the residential, commercial and industrial markets, today announced plans to establish operations in Edgefield County. The company's investment will create 450 new jobs. Located in Trenton, Generac's new manufacturing operations will support the increased demand for home standby generators and associated energy technologies. The facility will also serve as a distribution center to customers throughout the Southeast. The new facility is expected to be operational by the third quarter of 2021.
  14. The proposal to expand the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, put on the back burner since the coronavirus pandemic, is gaining momentum again even as travel slowly recovers from the virus’ economic effects. One sign of the proposal’s revival: Gov. Henry McMaster proposed spending $15 million on the project in his executive budget of released earlier this month. The expansion would add 75,000 square feet, building out into the lower parking lot, a possibility that was part of the building’s original design. The business of attending conventions was “put on pause” by the pandemic but should come back as strong as before or stronger, [local developer Ben] Arnold said. Mid-sized cities such as Columbia, which travelers more often drive to than fly, could be among the earlier destinations to rebound.
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