What We Do

The Digital Corridor is a creative effort to attract, nurture and promote Charleston's tech economy through a combination of technology-enabled initiatives and business incentives, private business support and member-driven programming.

Talent

Opportunities Abound
"Attending courses at CODEcamp allowed me to hone my web development skills while giving me the opportunity to interact with professionals that are driving Charleston technology community."
  • Ryan Barrineau
  • Developer
  • Blue Acorn

Spaces

Get Working
"As an early stage software company, it was not only important to have a location to grow in but also the means to mature as an organization. The Flagships afforded this flexibility and infrastructure."
  • Earl Bridges
  • Co-founder
  • Good Done Great

Community

Peer Networking
"The Charleston Digital Corridor serves as the central hub for technology companies in the area and what that has done is create a sense of community around the companies that are a part of it."
  • Grier Allen
  • Founder & CEO
  • Boomtown

Capital

Accelerating Growth
"While there are many opportunities for investment, our fund is happy to make growth capital available for Charleston’s tech companies. Michael Knox, Managing Partner, Silicon Harbor Ventures."
  • Michael Knox
  • Managing Partner
  • Silicon Harbor Ventures
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Charleston Tech Economy Remains Strong In 2016

In its 13th annual Wage & Job Growth survey, the Charleston Digital Corridor is pleased to report an average wage of $88,066 for companies participating in the survey. This average is 2.17 times and 2.02 times the per-capita wage in the State of South Carolina ($40,580) and Charleston region ($43,560), respectively. In addition to strong wage levels, Charleston's tech economy is adding jobs with just over 73 percent of the companies reported hiring additional staff in 2016.

Charleston's overall economy is showing per-capita wage gains above the national average with the regions robust tech and advanced manufacturing economy contributing handsomely to these gains. In its 2015 Best Performing Cities year-end report, the Milken Institute reported that while the regional per-capita wage grew 5 percent above the national average between 2008 and 2013, the regions burgeoning tech sector grew at a rate of 16 percent during this period.

Charleston's tech talent landscape continues to broaden with the recent expansion of institutional and private higher education and code school opportunities, including the Clemson Graduate Education Center and JRS Innovation Center Coding School.

"As the largest public software company headquartered in Charleston with over 1,300 employees in the area, we know the Lowcountry's 'Silicon Harbor' continues to be a great lure for top tech positions," said Blackbaud's Todd Lant, vice president, Information Technology. "In 2016, we hired 120 new jobs into Charleston and we anticipate that we'll add over 500 new hires globally in 2017."

"While our overall economy is benefitting from the strong wage levels in the tech sector, our community is producing tech talent at an unprecedented rate thanks in large part to the steady execution and iteration of our long-term talent strategy" said Charleston Digital Corridor Foundation Chairman, Kirk King. "

Home Telecom Expands Existing Fiber Network to Bring Gigabit Connectivity to Charleston Peninsula

Home Telecom, an independent telecommunications company based out of Moncks Corner, is launching "GigUP Charleston" designed to improve business and residential internet speeds by 100 times current standards. Home Telecom will phase the introduction of fiber and gigabit service, first in the tech corridor of Morrison Drive and East Bay Street then extending its fiber-rich gigabit service along Calhoun Street to the West Edge neighborhood within the first six months of 2017.

Beginning today, residents and businesses on the Charleston Peninsula can share their interest in receiving exciting new gigabit internet technology known as Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTH) or Fiber-To-The-Premises (FTTP) for businesses by completing an Interest Form available on GigUP Charleston's new website at www.GigUPCharleston.com where they can also get more information.

This much needed fiber infrastructure is necessary to drive economic development along Charleston's fast growing high-tech business corridor.

"We are excited Home Telecom has made the decision to expand their fiber network onto the Charleston Peninsula," said Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg. "Gigabit internet speed will help grow our knowledge-based and technology businesses, support small businesses and improve the quality of life for all area residents."

Home Telecom has the proven innovation and experience to handle this project. As early as 2004, Home Telecom began offering Fiber-to-the-Premises on Daniel Island and immediately began expanding their fiber network throughout Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley Counties. In 2013, they became the first to begin offering gigabit internet services in the Tri-county with its partnership with Nexton in Summerville. Today, Home Telecom is actively serving over 12,000 homes and 1,000 businesses with fiber currently passing an additional 11,000 addresses in the Tri-county area.

By increasing internet speeds from an average of 10 megabits per second (Mbps) to 1,000 Mbps, Charleston area businesses will experience significant increases in communications and business efficiency including more reliable video conferencing capabilities; the ability to send larger files via the internet; and faster transfer of data for multiple user networks and devices. On the residential side, customers experience improvements like lag-free online gaming; and the ability to stream without buffering, at least five high-definition (1080p) videos at once, while surfing the web and sending email.

According to Home Telecom President and COO, William S. Helmly, his company is a member-owner of Spirit Communications who will collaborate with Home Telecom in the implementation of GigUP Charleston.

"By combining our fiber network and our experience in fiber technology with Spirit Communications' nearby fiber network, we will be successfully improving broadband connectivity for the Charleston Peninsula area," said Helmly.

The Charleston Digital Corridor (CDC), a tech-focused economic development organization, has listed access to competitively priced, fast and reliable internet service as one of the region's most pressing challenges.

"Internet service is the life blood of our growing tech community," says CDC founder and Executive Director Ernest Andrade, who has grown the organization from 18 companies to over 150. The region recognizes CDC as a model for high-wage knowledge based economic development.

"Home Telecom stepped in when other providers failed and has been providing reliable, high speed internet to our Flagship and Flagship2 locations in downtown Charleston since 2013. We look forward to having gigabit service at our Flagship3 location, and we are excited to watch Charleston's tech community grow with the expansion of gigabit fiber on the Peninsula."

Home Telecom is one of the 11 member-owners of Spirit Communications, a private communications company headquartered in Columbia, SC. Spirit and its owners are, and always have been, visionaries who realize that the future of business, education, social, economic, healthcare and industrial development depends on the availability of a strong telecommunications infrastructure.

"In partnership with one of our owners, Home Telecom, we are excited to bring increased fiber optic facilities and gigabit speeds to the Charleston Peninsula. This is one of many areas of focus throughout the Charleston area and a continued commitment to the Carolinas to be at the forefront of technological leadership," says Bob Keane, President and CEO for Spirit Communications

On October 25, 2016, Spirit and their owners launched the GigUP South Carolina initiative to promote how businesses, homes, and schools can take advantage of the blazing speed of more than 1 million miles of gigabit-ready fiber optic infrastructure already in place across the state. The GigUP Charleston launch, led by Home Telecom, is part of the groups' statewide initiative to promote South Carolina as a Gigabit State.

Fiber Optic Cable is mandatory in providing the fastest internet service available, acting like a long, lighted corridor with thousands of mirrors that move data faster and farther than traditional copper wire cable. The launch of GigUP Charleston will firmly establish the City of Charleston as an innovation leader in South Carolina in addition to being a worldwide premier travel destination. 

Gigabit Internet Coming To Downtown Charleston As Competition Heats Up

The race to bring super-fast, gigabit Internet service to the Lowcountry is nearing a key milestone: It's about to arrive in downtown Charleston. Home Telecom said Monday that it plans to roll out quicker internet service in parts of the peninsula early next year. The Moncks Corner-based provider is charting a path through the city's startup hubs, betting that the growing technology sector will be drawn to snappier downloads and uploads. Read more:

Charleston Startups Tap Temp Execs as Tech Sector Matures

Kent Elmer's company picture smiles on PokitDok's website. He carries a PokitDok business card, complete with a pokitdok.com email address. And as he walks through the startup's Calhoun Street office, he's quick to discuss the investment "we raised" last year."It has to be 'we,'" Elmer says as he steps outside, a sentiment that could easily veer into the focus-on-culture talk that's all too common in the technology industry.

But it doesn't, because Elmer isn't delivering a go-team spiel. He's recognizing that while he occupies an unusual corporate role, the people inside need to trust his judgment all the same - to weigh in on their company's strategy and manage its books. Elmer is the company's chief financial officer, but perhaps not be for long. He's a "fractional executive" - a part-time contractor with a C-suite pedigree and an hourly rate. Read more:

Purdue Agile Strategy Lab To Showcase Charleston Digital Corridor

The Charleston Digital Corridor is pleased to announce a partnership with Purdue's Agile Strategy Lab to host an immersive workshop focusing on Agile Innovation - Designing and Guiding Innovation Ecosystems.

This three-day event will be held in historic Downtown Charleston on February 22-25, 2017. The feature speakers include Charleston Digital Corridor Founder and Director, Ernest Andrade; Ed Morrison and Scott Hutcheson of the Purdue Agile Strategy Lab. Joining Ernest, Ed and Scott will be several tech pros and the nationally respected former Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. who will lead a discussion about how Charleston successfully leveraged the public realm to attract and retain a millennial workforce.

Topics to be covered will include

* The Balanced Portfolio approach to Innovation Ecosystems: Talent & Brainpower, Innovation Networks, Quality Connected Places, & New Narratives

* Strategic Doing: An agile strategy discipline to design the complex collaborations that accelerate innovation

* Building a Core Leadership Team to guide ecosystem design

* Financing a sustainable innovation ecosystem

Learn more about this Agile Innovation Workshop in historic Charleston, South Carolina HERE

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