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Upstate Joins The Global Cities Exchange

In late 2013, the Upstate of South Carolina was selected for the Global Cities Initiative through a competitive application process. Over the next four years, our team will work along with fellow Exchange members to develop the practical knowledge, policy ideas and networks needed to become more globally connected and competitive.

While past economic development strategies for the Upstate have always included an international component, the strategy that results from our work with the Brookings Global Cities Initiative will be purely international and focused on growing our economy through:

  • A continued focus on international recruitment
  • A new focus on increasing exports of Upstate goods and services, and
  • A new focus on increasing international investment through possible joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions

We encourage you to check back often for updates on the Upstate's progress on this great initiative.

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Track our Progress

March 2016
The FDI Plan will launch at the 2016 Annual Meeting

January 2016
The FDI Plan is being drafted and it will launch at the 2016 Annual Meeting

March 2015
The Regional Export Plan will launch at the 2015 Annual Meeting

November - December 2014
The Regional Export Plan is being drafted and launch planning is in progress.

October 2014
The Regional Export Plan Steering Committee met on October 16th for a draft review and strategy discussion.

September 2014
The South Carolina International Trade Coalition met for a planning retreat to draft the 2015 Export Events Calendar. 

Week of August 18
Upstate Market Assessment Released
During the first quarter of 2014, the Regional Export Plan Core Team conducted a detailed market assessment to provide a foundation of information to guide the development of export strategies for the region. The findings of the assessment were released at the Upstate SC Alliance 2014 Mid-Year Meeting.