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…
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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