Northeastern South Carolina is home to a variety life sciences and medical companies. Not only do numerous regional medical centers and teaching hospitals such as the Medical University of South Carolina, McLeod Health, and Tidelands Health serve the region, but northeastern South Carolina is also home to various pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and other organic chemical manufacturing companies as well.
As one of the largest industries in Northeast South Carolina in terms of employment, just under 15% of the region’s workforce are employed among the many large, full-service medical centers and teaching hospitals throughout the region.
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) administers the issuance of federal permits in the state. DHEC gives priority to the permitting review of new facilities. Less than 1% of environmental permits in South Carolina are challenged.
NESA and its member counties have dedicated tremendous financial resources to preparing its communities for future industry. As a result, extensive engineering and infrastructure due diligence has been completed and many industrial properties are “shovel ready”.
With a verified portfolio of fully-served industrial sites along major electrical transmission and distribution corridors, northeastern South Carolina is equipped to serve industrial utility requirements.
Northeastern South Carolina’s vast system of four-lane divided highways create a network of efficient truck routes to the region’s two interstate highways, I-95 and I-20. Not only does this optimize freight movement, but it also expands a company’s workforce radius, granting access to a larger labor pool.
Two commercial airports serve South Carolina’s northeastern region. Myrtle Beach International Airport offers direct flights to more than 50 destinations while Florence Regional Airport provides direct flights to nearby Charlotte Douglas International Airport, connecting the region to more than 170 destinations across the globe. Other nearby airports include Charleston International Airport and Columbia Metropolitan Airport.