Overview of the Region

Over 700,000 people reside in the Charleston, SC region. This area is one of the fastest growing areas of the country due in part to a strong economy and a beautiful coastal setting. The economy of Charleston is strong and diverse, with concentrations on tourism, shipping, manufacturing, health care, education and an emerging technology sector. Each of these sectors, along with the individuals employed therein, depend on transportation, water, energy and other critical infrastructure facilities for continuity, successful daily operations, and quality of life.