“You can have the best community in the world, you can have a fantastic workforce, and if you do not have an appropriate site for a building to put this project in, then it’s going to look elsewhere.”
With the state Department of Commerce reporting 98,000 new jobs and $27 billion in capital investment since 2011, pressure is building on the Palmetto State’s workforce.
“People start going with the best product in the most vibrant markets,” Ron Anderson says of investors snatching up office towers in Greenville and under-developed mixed-use blocks in Columbia. “They really started pouring into Greenville and Columbia—in Columbia a little bit earlier, in the last 18 months.”
Good eats, good shopping, and more fun is coming to Main and North Main streets this year. Long neglected, the heart of downtown is experiencing a revitalization that will continue into this year as the few remaining properties available are redeveloped. Development is heating up in the North Main Street corridor as Main Street opportunities become fewer and fewer.