Post & Courier: Charleston County marks record year for economic development

As reported by the Post & Courier, Steve Dykes, executive director of Charleston County Economic Development, wasn’t entirely sold on the idea in the beginning, but Charleston County’s economic development director admits he’s grown fond of the ringing sound he hears with each new industrial announcement.

About a year ago, his staffers installed a brass bell in the lobby of the group’s North Charleston headquarters. It rings every time a new manufacturer picks Charleston County or an existing industry expands its operations.

Over the past year, the “victory bell” has rung a record 19 times — signifying 1,146 new jobs and capital investments totaling $92.5 million…

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Comparing the local economy to “a high-powered Ferrari with all of the cylinders clicking,” Dykes said the county has nearly doubled its previous record of 10 industrial announcements in a year.

“That’s what you call a red-hot economy,” he said.

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