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Verizon Call Center moving to Charleston

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Charleston is taking steps in the right direction. Verizon is moving there supposed to create 800 jobs instantly!

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Verizon planning call center in Charleston area

Associated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. - The state Commerce Department is mum on the subject and Verizon Wireless officials won't comment either. But then again, official comment probably isn't needed after the company already ran newspaper ads announcing a new call center.

The call center is expected to create 850 jobs initially and be located in North Charleston, The (Charleston) Post and Courier reported Tuesday.

In newspaper ads over the weekend and Monday, Verizon said it is "proud and excited to be opening a state-of-the-art, brand new call center in Charleston."

The ad gave few other details except to say the call center would be "cutting edge" and "coming soon."

Verizon is expected to make an announcement next week detailing plans for its newest call center, said state Commerce Secretary Bob Faith.

Until then state and local economic development officials aren't talking And Verizon spokesman Howard Waterman refused to comment on Monday.

Verizon closed an 850-person call center in Morristown, N.J., earlier this year and eliminated hundreds of other positions at another facility in Orangeburg, N.Y.

At the time, the company said the jobs would be transferred to two new call centers by next year. Affected workers were offered $10,000 to relocate or switch to other jobs within Verizon.

One of the two new call centers will employ 1,200 people in Wilmington, N.C. That center is set to open next month.

The Post and Courier reported that people close to the Charleston project said Verizon is negotiating a lease for a building at the former Charles Towne Square Mall in North Charleston.

The call center would be the company's third in South Carolina.

Verizon has 40 million wireless customers and operates a 1,000-person call center in Columbia and a slightly larger facility in Greenville.

The Charleston region was competing with Jacksonville, Fla., and at least one other unidentified city, the newspaper reported.

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Definately good news!

I think that North Charleston's growth will have outpaced Charleston's by the next Census.

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With so many annexations in the last two decades that has grown Charleston from 7.6 square miles to 114 square miles, including Daniel Island and the Cainhoy peninsula in Berkeley County, that would be hard to believe. However, Mt. Pleasant just might the way it's growing so fast. The town is approaching 60,000 already. The latest census shows city of Charleston has about 105,000 people...and quickly catching up to Columbia. North Chuck with 81,000 is about 60 square miles in size and is suddenly hemmed in by fast growing Summerville, Ladson, Goose Creek to the north and city of Charleston to south, west and northeast of the Cooper River.

Definately good news!

I think that North Charleston's growth will have outpaced Charleston's by the next Census.

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