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Progress Takes a Holiday


Can you smell it? It smells a lot like fresh air, with just a hint of sea salt in it. That is the smell of progress, right here in South Carolina's beautiful Lowcountry. And, the group that is leading many initiatives is the Lowcountry Economic Network, a public-private economic development firm that has affected many growth segments for the entire region and continues to focus on new ways to establish businesses and build communities right here.

"We recently identified four target areas for economic development in Beaufort County: logistics and distribution, aeronautics, knowledge intensive businesses and 'green' industry," says Executive Director Kim Statler.

Beaufort's military presence is both honored and respected in the area. It will be further enhanced by the addition of the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. The F-35B has been hailed as the future of Marine Corps aviation, bringing with it active duty personnel, civilians and businesses to maintain and service it. The Jasper Ocean Terminal brings high expectations for growth and is expected to bring in hundreds of jobs to Jasper County as well as adjacent Beaufort County. Areas of development include logistics, transportation and storage.

Protecting the landscape and wildlife inhabitants of the Lowcountry has been a commitment shared by every member of the local community. Builders are focusing on new home construction and remodeling that provides an even greater contribution to conservation. Naturalists and educators have also developed unique ways to engage the community as well as artists, painters, photographers and writers who make their living here by quietly assimilating and capturing the distinct creatures, flora and fauna that exist here.

"Today's technology has freed up businesses to work from virtually anywhere, and tomorrow's technology will make that even easier," adds Statler. "The rules have changed and professionals who want their business to succeed also want to enjoy a high quality of life. And, thats what the Lowcountry offers."

The knowledge-intensive sector is perhaps the most rewarding area of growth. Statler acknowledges, "This is the business professional that can operate from anywhere. They're technologically savvy, which allows them the ability to focus on quality of life when making their business decisions."

Perhaps your business is in need of a talented workforce of educated and skilled professionals. If so, you are in the right place. Progress is all around. For more information or to learn more about tax incentives for relocating businesses visit the Lowcountry Economic Network at www.lowcountrynet.org.
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