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.

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

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

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

Attraction

Charleston Wins
"Charleston has emerged as a true tech hub in the United States and we are proud to be a part of the movement that is underway here and are committed to seeing talent and companies grow and prosper here."
  • Nate DaPore
  • President & CEO
  • Peoplematter
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Legislature Sends Uber Bill To Haley For Signing

Uber is one step closer to operating legally in South Carolina after a year of regulatory confusion surrounding the app-based transportation company's entree into several S.C. markets last summer. The S.C. Legislature approved Uber during a special legislative session last week. The House passed the bill 96 to 2 on Wednesday; the Senate passed it unanimously on Thursday.

The bill now awaits Gov. Nikki Haley's signature. Haley has said repeatedly that she supports Uber and wants transportation network companies to be allowed to operate legally in South Carolina.

"Uber is one of those cutting-edge companies we want in South Carolina," she said recently in Charleston.

The state has been trying to find a regulatory solution since Uber began offering rides in Charleston, Greenville, Columbia and Myrtle Beach last summer. It now also operates on Hilton Head Island. Proponents say that the state should be business-friendly toward the service and that tourists expect it when visiting the state. Opponents, including taxi and limo companies, say Uber has an unfair advantage with surge pricing and less regulation.

In January, the S.C. Public Service Commission sent a cease-and-desist order to Uber for operating without the necessary permits. Charleston-area tech CEOs and Gov. Nikki Haley responded by writing letters in support of the service and several legislators filed a bill that would allow Uber and similar companies to operate in the state and be regulated.

The commission reversed its decision and granted Uber a temporary license, which expires June 30.

While the state worked on its bill, Charleston City Council approved a Transportation Network Companies Ordinance in late April allowing Uber to operate within city limits, with some stipulations. The ordinance requires all commercial drivers to have commercial insurance, to obtain a business license and to undergo a background check.

If Haley signs the bill into law, it will override the Charleston ordinance.

The Charleston County Aviation Authority is also examining its ground transportation ordinance, including a proposal that would allow transportation network companies to operate at Charleston International Airport, according to spokeswoman Charlene Gunnells.

Uber and other transportation network operators are currently allowed to drop off passengers at the airport but not to pick them up. Violators have been fined.

Aviation authority officials have said in numerous board meetings that they were waiting for the state to decide whether to legalize and regulate these companies, including a Senate amendment that requires all such companies to comply with Federal Aviation Administration regulations and airport regulations.

"The Senate amendment specifically stipulates that the bill shall not pre-empt any federal regulation relating to the provisions of transportation services at FAA-regulated facilities like CHS," Gunnells said.

Highlights of the bill:

  • The bill requires transportation network companies to obtain a permit from the S.C. Office of Regulatory Staff in order to operate in the state legally.
  • Drivers must have liability insurance and get their car inspected by a certified mechanic in S.C.
  • Drivers must undergo a criminal and sex offender background check and present a 10-year driving record.
  • Drivers can accept passengers only through their apps; they cannot give rides through a "street hail."
  • Drivers must display pricing and photos of themselves on their apps for users to see when they request a ride.
  • A transportation network company shall maintain a record of all services provided in South Carolina for a period of three years from the date service. Records will track fares charged, any complaints, address of deliveries, the time and pickup of the services and when drivers log into the digital network.
  • Violators of any requirements outlined will be fined up to $100 for a first violation, $500 for a second violation and $1,000 for a third or subsequent violations. Those funds will be used by the Office of Regulatory Staff for enforcement operations

Nonprofits Collaborate to Raise Awareness and Increase Conversations Around Racism and Inequality

(CHARLESTON, SC) - In response to the recent tragic events in Charleston, SC, the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, the Coastal Community Foundation's Lowcountry Unity Fund and the International African American Museum are working together to cultivate discussions around racism and inequality in the African-American community with support from Google.

Google, which has a data center located at the Mt. Holly Commerce Park in Berkeley County, has committed $375,000 with the hopes that these resources will serve as a springboard for community conversations. Funds will also support the building of the International African American Museum, which will house programs to shed light on these issues. The grant recipients will collaborate to provide the pedagogy, insight and leadership to stimulate dialogue and community change.

Google will award grants to the following nonprofit organizations below:

Coastal Community Foundation of SC's Lowcountry Unity Fund - $75,000. The purpose of the fund is to promote long-term solutions that address systemic issues contributing to racism and economic inequality in African-American communities. The Foundation will work with other grant recipients on the speaking series and other related activities.

The College of Charleston's Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture - $125,000. The College of Charleston Foundation will establish an education initiative on race and social justice in response to the recent events in Charleston. Through collaboration between the College of Charleston's Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, the African American studies program, the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative, and multiple community partners, the education initiative will facilitate a dialogue on race, justice, and reconciliation in Charleston and its surrounding communities.

The International African American Museum (IAAM) - $175,000 The International African American Museum, set to break ground in 2017, will communicate the largely overlooked history of African Americans in the Lowcountry, South Carolina, and explain how this population impacted the nation. The IAAM aims to re-center South Carolina's place in global history, speaking to its pivotal roles during the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, the Civil War, and the Civil Rights Movement. Funds will be used to support the construction and operation of the museum. The IAAM looks forward to continuing its partnership with the Avery Research Center for African American Culture and History at the College of Charleston and working with the Coastal Community Foundation's new Lowcountry Unity Fund.

Media Contacts:

College of Charleston

Name: Mike Robertson, Senior Director Media Relations

Email: robertsonm@cofc.edu

Phone number: 843-953-5667

International African-American Museum

Name: Tracy Geier, Program Assistant

Email: iaam@iaamuseum.org

Phone number: 843.973.3333 Ext. 107

Coastal Community Foundation of SC

Name: Monica Tanouye, Communications Associate

Email: monica@coastalcommunityfoundation.org

Phone number: 815-272-0563

On Behalf of Google

Kevin Floyd at Nexsen-Pruet Strategy

Email: Kevin@npstrat.com

Phone: 803-540-2053

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Aaron Wood Joins Bluetowne as Systems Administrator

MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – June 12, 2015 – Bluetowne, a leading provider of innovative information technology solutions, today announced that Aaron Wood has joined the team as a Systems Administrator.

Aaron will provide server, infrastructure, and overall account service management and helpdesk support to Bluetowne clients. He will work closely with Bluetowne Account Executives to provide an unmatched customer experience.

Aaron is a retired Air Force officer who served in the Global Strike Command at various military bases across the United States, and held a Top Secret/NC2-ESI security clearance. Prior to his military service Aaron worked in the information technology industry for 7 years, including as part of the Bluetowne team for 3 years.

"Aaron's passion for applying technology to solve business challenges, coupled with his successful track record in providing value to clients, make him an invaluable addition to the Bluetowne team." said Eric Hartley, President, Bluetowne. "We are thrilled to have him back on board."

Originally from Ohio, Aaron is a graduate of the College of Charleston with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies.

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Tech Leader Urges Cloud Developers To Help Solve Real-World Problems

The cure for cancer could be living in the cloud.

The chief scientist for a California data management company said the solution to real-world problems, such as medical treatments, depend on a strong open-source, cloud-computing infrastructure.

Cloudera founder and chief scientist Jeff Hammerbacher also urged attendees at the {CODESHOW}SE 2015 tech conference in Charleston last week to continue developing downstream applications to leverage that data. More than 200 software professionals heard presenters explore topics surrounding "evolving the cloud" at the conference Thursday.

The lineup also included speakers from Google, Red Hat, CoreOS, Apigee, HashiCorp and Benefitfocus.

Hammerbacher, an assistant professor at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York and a director on the board at Sage Bionetworks, explained the connections between open-source software –- a development model that allows anyone to contribute to a product's design –- and immunotherapy cancer treatments.

"If you take anything away from today, just know that better open-source software or cloud-computing infrastructure is very, very important to solving real-world problems like curing cancer," Hammerbacher said during his presentation, "Open-source cancer genomics."

Hammerbacher built and led the data team at Facebook before leaving the company to start Cloudera, which helps companies analyze, store and process large amounts of Web-based data.

Hammerbacher urged local software professionals to continue developing online data analysis and storage applications.

"Please continue the work you're doing, and pay some attention to some of the downstream applications," he said. "Because hopefully I'll be able to leverage some of the open-source software that people in this room generate to facilitate our work in curing cancer."

According to Ernest Andrade, director of the Charleston Digital Corridor Foundation, open-source collaboration is what {CODESHOW}SE and Charleston's knowledge economy are all about.

"For the attendees, it allowed them to learn and be inspired about topics and dev-op strategies they may not have previously known about, and are now able to deploy in their respective companies to better serve their customers and make them more profitable," Andrade said.

Don Ryan Center Launches New Web Portal

The Don Ryan Center for Innovation recently launched LowcountryWorks, a new web portal that showcases local companies in the region and connect job seekers to companies that are hiring.

The portal showcases the wide variety of companies throughout the Lowcountry to both area residents and those companies considering relocating here, as well as provide job seekers with an efficient way to connect directly with companies that are hiring throughout the Lowcountry.

The portal, Lowcountry Works  allows visitors to view and learn more about a wide range of companies throughout the Lowcountry all within one convenient site, and to connect with companies that are currently hiring via a simple, easy-to-navigate responsive website.

Don Ryan Center for Innovation, is a public-private program designed to support new technology company formation and development in Bluffton. The new web portal comes from a partnership between the Don Ryan Center for Innovation and the Charleston Digital Corridor, the developers of CharlestonWORKS™ which, since its launch in 2008 has seen steady growth in visitors to the site both from around the U.S, and locally.

The new LowcountryWORKS web portal was designed to provide people both throughout the Lowcountry and across the country with an easy, convenient source of information about the range of companies and talent located in the Lowcountry area, and offer a convenient way to connect with employers throughout the region. By showcasing the companies already located in the Lowcountry and the extensive talent existing in the region, is a valuable resource for those considering locating their companies in the Lowcountry to provide them with a comprehensive business overview of the area.

"We're excited to be launching LowcountryWORKS as an important new tool for people both throughout the Lowcountry as well as throughout the country to have easy access to the wide array of companies in our area, all in one convenient place and all able to be accessed with a single click to their site from our main page," said David Nelems, Executive Director of the Don Ryan Center for Innovation. 

"This portal is a tremendous asset for those seeking to learn more about the wide range of companies, and extensive talent, already doing business in the Lowcountry, as well as provide people with key information about which companies are currently hiring. By providing visitors to LowcountryWORKS with a simple way to both learn about and connect with these employers, we are hoping to provide job seekers, and those wishing to relocate their company, with opportunities to be part of our growing business sector here in the Lowcountry."

LowcountryWORKS is accessible from all web platforms, including desktop, tablet and mobile devices. Accessing up-to-date information about companies and specific job opportunities is simple and quick, with information received in less than 5 seconds.

Companies can request to be added to the portal, and can modify their information as they grow and as needs change – making the portal a valuable source of the most updated job opportunities and the most comprehensive company information in the Lowcountry.

"It's great to see the Don Ryan Center for Innovation offer this important tool to both the local community and beyond, to showcase the tremendous opportunities that exist in the Lowcountry business community," said Ernest Andrade, Director of the Charleston Digital Corridor Foundation. "The portal design has been tremendously valuable to individuals in other cities throughout the country when it comes to company research and connecting with potential employers, and we know that it will be a tremendous resource for those seeking more information about Lowcountry businesses and job opportunities, as well."

To view the companies and job opportunities currently listed on LowcountryWORKS, visit the portal. For additional information and to discuss opportunities for having your company listed on LowcountryWORKS, contact David Nelems.

Best Places for Millennial Job Seekers in South Carolina

Although the Great Recession hit South Carolina harder than most places, recent economic indicators show the state is making some headway, if slowly. While the unemployment rate hasn't budged much in the past year, millennials here are primed to find jobs.

Young adults, or millennials, in South Carolina are attracted to the laid-back Southern lifestyle, coastal towns, thriving cities and lower rents throughout the state.

Some of the most successful businesses in the Palmetto State are in sectors such as aerospace, alternative energy, automotive manufacturing, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, distribution, food processing, forestry and wood products, plastics and chemicals as well as recreation, according to the state Department of Commerce. The Charleston metropolitan area, in particular, is seeing a rise in its millennial population as the tech industry moves in.

NerdWallet crunched the numbers for 66 cities and towns in South Carolina to determine the best places for millennial job seekers.

NerdWallet's analysis

  1. Are there jobs in the area? We looked at the unemployment rate in 2013 and the average worker payroll salary in 2012 using the most recent U.S. Census Bureau figures. We determined the average worker's salary with the census bureau's payroll by ZIP code. Lower unemployment rates and higher payroll salaries scored positively.
  2. Can you afford to rent near work? Using census data, we measured a city's median rent, including utilities, to determine if an area has reasonable rent costs. Lower costs resulted in a positive score for a city.
  3. Do other millennials live there? We determined that millennials are workers ages 18-33, which is the definition used in a March 2014 Pew Research Center report. We used two of the census bureau's brackets, ages 20-24 and 25-34, to create a millennial group for our analysis. From this, we found the percentage of millennials in a city's 2013 population and the growth of millennial residents from 2010 to 2013. High percentages received positive scores.

Key takeaways

Millennials are moving to the Charleston area. Half of the places on our list are in the city or within 45 minutes of Charleston –- from the city itself to North Charleston and small suburban cities. The city's economy has been on the upswing and attracting the kind of tech startups that hire large numbers of millennials. Charleston's waterfront, historic sites, museums, cultural centers, universities, restaurants, retail and, of course, beaches are also appealing.

They are jetsetters –- or live near airports. South Carolina millennials can get away at a moment's notice thanks to their proximity to the state's airports. Five of the places on our list have airports within city limits including Aiken Municipal Airport, Berkeley County Airport, Charleston International Airport, Columbia Metropolitan Airport and Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport.

Best places for millennial job seekers in South Carolina

1. Cayce

This suburb of South Carolina's capital, Columbia, sits at the top of our list with about 29% of the city's population of 13,000 in the millennial age group. Cayce also boasts the highest salaries of any place on our list at a median nearing $50,000 a year. The city is on the Congaree River and close to the Columbia Metropolitan Airport and major roads, making it a great choice for commuters. Some of the biggest employers in the Columbia area include the state government, Palmetto Health hospital system, University of South Carolina and the energy company SCANA.

2. Fort Mill

Fort Mill, a suburb of Charlotte in York County, saw one of the highest increases in its millennial population from 2010 to 2013, with an increase of over 26%. Some of the largest employers in Fort Mill include Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Ross Distribution, Schaeffler Group USA, Citi Financial, US Foods, Shutterfly, Domtar and Daimler Trucks North America. Nearby attractions include the Anne Springs Close Greenway, Carowinds amusement park and the annual South Carolina Strawberry Festival.

3. Greer

About 1 in 5 residents are millennials in Greer. This suburb of Greenville boasts one of the lowest median rents on the list at $747 a month. For commuters, it's conveniently located along Interstates 85, 185 and 385. It also is home to the South Carolina Inland Port and lies next to the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. While Greer's economy was once rooted in textiles, it is now home to North America's only BMW manufacturing plant.

4. Ladson

Ladson, a census-designated place in both Berkeley and Charleston counties, had one of the higher surges in its millennial population with an increase of 25% from 2010 to 2013. While it has the highest median rent on our list at $1,034, residents also have higher median salaries at nearly $50,000 a year. Ladson is primarily a bedroom community, but an auto manufacturer –- General Dynamics –- is based there. Ladson is bordered by both North Charleston and Summerville, and runs parallel to U.S. Route 78 and I-26. The best-known attractions in Ladson are the Coastal Carolina Fair held annually and the Exchange Park events center.

5. Greenville

In Greenville, a city in upstate South Carolina, millennials make up 28% of the population. Residents here are fortunate to see some of the lowest rents on our list at $749 a month. The biggest employers in Greenville include Greenville Health System, School District of Greenville County, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, Michelin North America, GE Power & Water, as well as the county, state and federal governments. The city, located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is famous for its unique Liberty Bridge and quaint, revitalized downtown. Several festivals are held every year including events dedicated to arts and crafts, comedy, comic books and science fiction, STEM activity, culinary arts and Shakespeare.

6. Hanahan

Hanahan, a city in Berkeley County, is just 13 miles from Charleston, and 22% of its population are millennials. Hanahan's proximity to Charleston, including major roads, makes it an ideal location for commuters. In addition, the city is home to Naval Weapons Station Charleston and a medium-security military prison. Residents have access to the Cooper River and Charleston Harbor as well as the Goose Creek Reservoir, a popular place for fishing.

7. Charleston

Charleston is an urban magnet for millennials –- 30% of the population's 123,000 people are young adults. It's the biggest city on our list with a range of opportunities for job seekers. The city expects 11,000 new jobs in the region over the next two years, and over 25,000 new jobs in the next five years, according to the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce. The main job boom is expected to be in fields including computers, software, science and engineering, sales and marketing and also in the medical industry. Charleston is above all a port city, and boasts the fastest-growing facility in the country, according to the chamber.

8. Aiken

In Aiken, over 17% of the population are millennials. It's the county seat of Aiken County and it's one of the two largest cities in the Central Savannah River Area. Aiken's economy is steeped in energy and major employers include Savannah River Nuclear Solutions and the U.S. Department of Energy. Aiken is also home to the University of South Carolina at Aiken. The city features historic homes, equestrian activities, Aiken State Park, several arts organizations, the county farmers market and more.

9. Moncks Corner

Moncks Corner may be the smallest town on the list at just under 8,400 people, but millennials account for over 22% of the population. Millennial population growth was the highest on our list by far with a boom of nearly 53% from 2010 to 2013. The town is just 45 minutes from Charleston and is home to Berkeley County Airport. Residents find both the lowest rents and the lowest payrolls to match in Moncks Corner. Downtown includes progressive shops, restaurants, national retailers and small businesses as well as other attractions, including the Cypress Gardens.

10. North Charleston

North Charleston, just seven miles from Charleston, is the third-largest city in the state and the second biggest on our list with over 100,000 people. Nearly 29% of the population are millennials, who saw their population grow 11% from 2010 to 2013. The biggest employer by far is Joint Base Charleston, a military facility. The base shares its runway with Charleston International Airport, another area employer. And job seekers will also find opportunities at Boeing South Carolina, an assembly site for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, which is also a big employer in North Charleston.

Charleston Google Developers Group and Google SC to Host Developers for Workshop and Watch Party in Charleston

CHARLESTON, SC - This  May 28, hundreds of coders, developers and students are expected to participate in SC's first Google I/O Extended event in Charleston. The event is part watch party and part dev workshop that coincides with the annual Google I/O conference in San Francisco. The Google I/O Extended event will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the American Theater on King Street.

Google I/O Extended events will include live streamed sessions of Google I/O in San Francisco, code labs and more. The events are being brought to hundreds of cities around the globe, being led by the Google Developer Groups and working with local developer, higher education and tech partners.

Sponsors for the event include:

  • Google SC
  • Charleston Digital Corridor
  • The College of Charleston
  • Google Developers Group Charleston

Attendees at Charleston's Google I/O Extended will be able to participate in codelabs to get first-hand experience with new technologies and demos from local developers

Participants must RSVP here and get your ticket here. Space is limited and is on a first come, first-served basis.

Google is home to a data center in Berkeley County, SC and supports STEM and computer science in our community.

Local developers, coders and students receiving hands-on training and demos from local Googlers. For more information and updates about the event, visit the G+ page for the event

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NodeBots Day

A one day gathering for people to learn, create, and discover NodeBots. Come experience a full day of assembling, coding, and challenging your fellow attendees to a friendly battle or race of robots. Learn more here: https://nodebotschs.github.io/