Business View Civil and Municipal | May 2021

74 CIVIL AND MUNICIPAL MAY 2021 unty, C hester County, South Carolina has it all – the land, the infrastructure, and the geographic location needed for rapid growth. Located about halfway between Charlotte, North Carolina and Columbia, South Carolina, all the amenities of a larger city are less than an hour away in two directions. However, Chester County has acres of undeveloped land ready for use, which sets it apart from its metropolitan neighbors. “As a community, we have over a dozen sites that have been certified as shovel ready, meaning that we’ve worked with the landowners to do the environmental phase 1 due diligence such as soil borings, endangered species, archaeological, and wetlands,” reports Robert Long, Director of Economic Development for Chester County. “At the end of the day, by having that kind of work done in advance, you minimize risk.” AT A GLANCE CHESTER COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA WHAT: A thriving, business-friendly county; population 32,000 WHERE: Located midway between Columbia, SC and Charlotte, NC WEBSITE: SOUTH CAROL INA Well positioned for growth