December 2017 Features

  • UPS Pre-Orders 125 Tesla Electric Trucks

    December 20, 2017

    UPS, which operates one of the largest commercial trucking fleets in the world, announced it has placed a reservation for 125 of Tesla’s new fully-electric Semi tractors. The new tractors will join UPS’s extensive alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle fleet, comprised of trucks and tractors propelled by electricity, natural gas, propane and other non-traditional fuels.

  • South Carolina Ports Handles Container Volume Growth in November

    December 18, 2017

    South Carolina Ports Authority’s 2018 fiscal year container volume through November grew 2.5 percent compared to last year, with 886,414 twenty-foot equivalent container units handled by the Port of Charleston since July.

  • Construction Job Growth Lags in S.C., Surprising Experts

    December 13, 2017

    During another year of steady job growth and low unemployment in South Carolina, one industry has stumbled.

  • Joan Robinson-Berry of Boeing Sees Changes Coming to Aerospace

    December 12, 2017

    Robinson-Berry, who is vice president and general manager of Boeing South Carolina, expounded on current and future workforce needs as part of the University of South Carolina’s recent Economic Outlook Conference. Boeing currently employs approximately 6,800 workers in the Palmetto State.

  • USC Economists Forecast Slow, Steady Growth in 2018

    December 11, 2017

    USC researchers expect the U.S. economic expansion, currently in its ninth year, to eventually surpass those of the 1960s and 1990s.

  • Clemson University Strengthens Commitment to South Carolina’s Economic Future with New Center for Advanced Manufacturing

    December 08, 2017

    Clemson University Thursday announced the creation of its Center for Advanced Manufacturing, which will become the centerpiece of the university’s ambitious commitment to education, research, innovation and workforce development in support of an industry sector that is vitally important to the future of South Carolina.

  • Clemson's Bruce Yandle's Economic Situation Report

    December 07, 2017

    In his quarterly Economic Situation report, Dr. Bruce Yandle says, “if you felt good about 2017, you should look forward to 2018. In other words, don’t expect to see major changes in the nation’s basic economic indicators.”

  • First Study of South Carolina’s Logistics Industry Finds More Than 600 Companies, $32.9B Impact

    December 06, 2017

    The logistics industry cluster is one of the largest in South Carolina according to a study released by the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness. Authored by Dr. Joseph Von Nessen, the study finds that there are more than 600 logistics companies operating in the state, from transportation, to air freight providers, to warehouse and distribution centers.

  • Fed Report Generally Positive about Economy, South Carolina Analysis

    December 04, 2017

    The Federal Reserve recently issued one of its periodic Beige Book reports, which gives a sampling of economic conditions from the 12 Federal Reserve Bank districts around the country. The Nov. 29 edition reported “modest to moderate” economic expansion in recent weeks, continued manufacturing and employment growth, and an optimistic outlook toward holiday retail sales.

  • 2017 Giving Tuesday Highest on Record

    December 01, 2017

    Blackbaud processed more than $60.9 million from over 7,200 organizations receiving donations this year. Online donations were up again for the sixth year running at 28% this year.