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The Digital Corridor, a public-private partnership, was launched in 2001 as a part of the City of Charleston's overall economic development strategy to build a diverse, leading 21st century community. Our mission is to attract, nurture and promote Charleston's knowledge economy. This goal is accomplished through a combination of targeted initiatives and business incentives, while leveraging Charleston's renowned livability.

The CDC is focused on creating the business, education and social environment that is attractive to knowledge-based companies. Then, the CDC leverages its carefully nurtured relationships, program elements, legislative access, and contacts,  to assist companies with integrating them into community. This integration is accomplished through four pillars - COMMUNITY, TALENT, SPACES & CAPITAL.

The Charleston Digital Corridor is the response to a request by the citizens of Charleston to grow a high-wage economy while further diversifying Charleston's economy. 

The following represent a few milestones in the development of the Charleston Digital Corridor.

CDC Milestones

  • Milken Institute ranks Charleston as the11th best-performing economy in the nation.
  • Flagship graduate, PeopleMatter, dedicates world HQ building on King Street in Downtown Charleston and raises $35 million in venture capital.
  • Under30CEO.com names Charleston a top location for IT Companies and Jobs.
  • Digital Corridor announces plans to build a new 45,000 sq.ft. business incubator.
  • Benefitfocus debuts on the NASDAQ as a public company under the BNFT ticker and subsequently announces announces1,200 additional jobs and $60 million campus expansion.
  • The Flagships graduate 76 companies since June 2009.
  • 4 Charleston tech companies make the Inc. 500's Fastest Growing Companies List
  • In the Digital Corridor's annual survey, 94% of the participating companies add jobs with 88% expecting to add more in 2014.
  • At an average annual wage of $71,657, the average wage at Digital Corridor companies is 1.7 times the regional per-capita wage.
  • Charleston's Silicon Harbor is recognized nationally on the map of emerging tech hubs.
  • Silicon Harbor Ventures announces new committed capital fund to help grow Charleston's tech community
  • 310 students graduate from CODEcamp since the program launched May 2012 .