Ten Great Reasons to Live and Work in Florence

Florence County is in the center of northeastern South Carolina at the junction of Interstate 95 and I-20.

On Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 16:36

1. Location

Florence County is in the center of northeastern South Carolina at the junction of Interstate 95 and I-20. With nearly 75 percent of the nation’s population within a day’s drive, it is an ideal location for distribution, manufacturing and retail.

2. Proven Success

The region is a proven location for world-class business and industry, including ABB, Anheuser-Busch, Assurant, DuPont, FedEx, GE Healthcare, Honda, Johnson Controls, Nan Ya Plastics, PepsiCo, QVC, Roche and Smurfit-Stone Container.

3. Education and Training

Local public and private schools offer families a broad range of educational and extracurricular opportunities. Francis Marion University and Florence-Darlington Technical College help create an abundant workforce. The Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology and the Center for Accelerated Technology Training provide industry-specific training.

4. Incentive Programs

Florence County and South Carolina offer a series of customized performance-based incentive programs designed to reduce both start-up expenses and operating costs. Timely and aggressive programs can be devised to help meet the needs of individual prospects.

5. Low Real Estate Costs

The county offers some of the lowest real estate prices in the nation – commercial, industrial and residential. Expansion Management magazine’s 2007 Business Attraction rankings placed Florence fifth in the nation for affordable housing.

6. Quality of Life

Florence offers a plethora of choices in restaurants, lodging and cultural activities. A symphony orchestra, museums, performing arts center, live theater, parks and other recreational amenities are easily accessible.

7. Warm Climate

Exceptionally mild winters allow for fun in the sun almost year round. The agricultural community enjoys an extended growing season averaging 241 days (March through October).

8. Top-Rated Health Care

Florence County’s two major hospital systems, Carolinas Hospital System and McLeod Health, contribute significantly to the quality of life as well as the economic growth of the entire Pee Dee region.

9. Available Buildings and Sites

The county has an active speculative building program, with certified sites and parks waiting for new investment. To view current buildings and sites, visit www.fcedp.com.

10. Hub of It All

As the hub of retail trade, services, entertainment, business and health care for a regional population base approaching 700,000, Florence County enjoys assets well beyond those found in most tertiary metropolitan markets in the United States. Nonetheless, small-town charm has been maintained. In short, Florence County offers “Global Reach ... With a Southern Touch.”