While the Greenville Area Development Corp. celebrates two decades of successfully drawing a diverse mix of industries and businesses to the area – supporting over 64,780 jobs and creating a $6 billion economic impact annually in Greenville County, according to a recent study by USC’s Moore School of Business economists – local leaders say that, with continued planning, the region has the resources to drive economic growth for decades to come.
Chief among those resources, according to government and business leaders, is a labor pool that is both deep and offers a wide variety of skill sets.
Didi Caldwell, president and founding principal of Greenville-based Global Location Strategies, works with companies – primarily manufacturers – that are looking for site locations, so it’s her business to understand an area’s strengths and weaknesses.
“The number one thing that any company is looking for is a talent pool that they can draw from in order to make them successful,” Caldwell said in a recent interview. “It doesn’t matter whether it’s manufacturing or a technology business or a corporate headquarters; whatever type of operation it is, you have to have good people that you can employ who can make you successful.”