The Post and Courier provided a year-end 2016 overview. Some highlights:
- Update on Mercedes-Benz $500M plant that will hire 1,300 to build the Sprinter vans in Palmetto Commerce Park on a plant that will cover 75 football fields, plus the new Volvo plant in Berkeley Count
- Boeing opened its 787 DreamLiner paint hangar of 360,000 SF that can paint two jets at the same time
- Travel + Leisure praised the city again – voting it the world’s best city while Conde Nast Traveler readers voted it the friendliest city in the world
- Over 16,200 home sales thru November, plus about 5,500 apartment units under construction with rents rising 3.3% (to $1,113) and occupancy at a stellar 94.4%
- New grocery retailers in the metro area include a new Fresh Market, a new Lowes Foods, both in Summerville, and Germany’s Lidl planning a site in Goose Creek
- Blackbaud began construction on its new 360k SF headquarters in a new $154M campus for the software maker where it will hire an additional 300 over the next five years
- AT&T and Home Telecom will provide gigabit speed Internet in some suburban areas
After ranking as the #1 city in the U.S. and Canada in T+L’s World’s Best Awards – for the third straight year – readers of T+L voted CHS the #2 “Destination of the Year” award, behind only Nashville, TN. Allison Prang has the announcement here for The Post and Courier.
The Milken Institute is a California-based economic think tank that annually ranks Americas largest U.S. metropolitan areas by how well they are creating and sustaining jobs and economic growth. CHS ranked #17, up 22 spots from its 2014 ranking. In the Southeast, it ranked behind only Raleigh (#6) and Charlotte (#13) and ahead of other Southeast cities such as Nashville (#18), Atlanta (#27), Orlando (#28), Savannah (#30), Fort Myers (#40), and Fort Lauderdale (#41). In South Carolina, Greenville ranked #52, Columbia at #107 and Myrtle Beach at #108. The biggest assets of CHS – job growth, high tech, manufacturing and the port. David Wren of The Post and Courier has the story and rankings here.
Travel & Leisure’s World’s Best Awards, as voted on by their worldwide readers, awarded CHS its top city ranking in the U.S./Canada for the third year in a row, and #2 in the world, behind only Kyoto, Japan. For the U.S./Canada rankings, numbers two thru five were New Orleans, Savannah, Santa Fe, San Francisco, followed by Quebec City, Chicago, New York, Victoria City and Asheville.
Separately, Conde Nast Traveler has voted CHS the #1 city to visit in the US for each of the past four years.
Also, T&L ranked the Top Small (<100 rooms) City Hotels and CHS hotels took all four of the top rankings, and the #6 slot as well – The Wentworth Mansion, French Quarter Inn, Planters Inn, and The Vendue, followed by The Market Pavillion.
Kiawah Island’s spa has won top honors for resort spas in master planned communities in the Southeast and Central America. Two others in the top six are Reynolds Plantation at #3 and Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton at #6, two resorts in FL and one in Costa Rica. Warren Wise has the article in The Post and Courier and the top 10 rankings.
The staff of the Post and Courier brings the top business stories for 2014 in CHS, ranging from Boeing ramping up its production of the 787 Dreamliner to what sounds like a record year at the local ports, a healthy residential market, and CHS being named – for the FOURTH year in a row – the #1 destination in the U.S. by Conde Nast Traveler survey, and #2 in the world.