The Charleston Digital Corridor staff works with local, regional and state public and private organizations to facilitate attracting, relocating and optimizing the success of Corridor companies. Some of these organizations include:

Association of Information Technology Professionals offers opportunities for Information Technology leadership and education through partnerships with industry, government and academia. AITP provides quality IT-related education; information on relevant IT issues; and forums for networking with experienced peers and other IT professionals for nearly 9,000 members.

Established in 1976, the BCD Council of Governments assists local governments in developing local and regional plans within the tri-county region, as well as providing local governments with planning and technical support to improve the quality of life in the region. Specifically, the BCDCOG provides its member governments with technical assistance in the fields of economic and community development, comprehensive planning, statistical information gathering and analysis and water resource management.

The Charleston Defense Contractors Association consists of over 35 regional, national and international organizations whose mission is to advocate, preserve and protect the real, capital and economic interests of the companies and clients of the defense industry in the Charleston metro area and surrounding regions.

The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce serves as the catalyst to maximize the power of business; improve the quality of life in the Charleston area; advance the region's economy; and make its members successful.

The Charleston Regional Development Alliance is a full-service, professional economic development organization representing Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties in South Carolina. The Digital Corridor serves as a confidential resource to help streamline the business expansion and relocation process in the greater Charleston, S.C. area, assisting companies with commercial real estate, business financing, workforce training and other relevant issues.

The MUSC Foundation for Research Development is a nonprofit, charitable foundation created to benefit MUSC by establishing relationships which bring ideas, technology and expertise of the faculty, staff and students at MUSC to industry and, ultimately, into public use. In order to accomplish this goal, the Foundation develops, administers and otherwise facilitates selected industry-sponsored education and research projects and manages the intellectual property, technology transfer and other economic development-related activities of MUSC.

The Palmetto Biotechnology Alliance, formed August 2003, is a member managed and owned organization comprised of individuals and organizations from across South Carolina who pursue the development of a business and political infrastructure to support biotechnology. The Palmetto Biotechnology Alliance is recognized by BIO as the South Carolina affiliated state chapter. This organization is responsible for an annual conference as well as other member events and activities. Additional alliance services may include legislative and regulatory lobby, employment networking, services guide/assistance, BIO discount procurement program, and other services traditional to state biotech associations.

Located in Greenwood County, SC, the SC Biotechnology Incubation Facility is the state's premier, life sciences incubator, offering a state-of-the-art facility for independent, institutional, contract or corporate research with commercial applications. The 22,000 square-foot facility contains six hooded wet labs with related office and support space and also houses a conference room, library and 124-seat auditorium.

The South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) provides leadership in creating innovative solutions through advanced technology that enhances customers' performance to stimulate economic growth through science and technology.

The Tate Center for Entrepreneurship offers a range of educational programs, research services and outreach activities to expand opportunities for entrepreneurs and encourage innovation. Contact John Clarkin, Director, (843) 953-4999.

Created in 2001 through a partnership of the College of Charleston, The Citadel and the Medical University of South Carolina, the Lowcountry Graduate Center (LGC) was developed to expand the opportunities for graduate education in the Lowcountry. The LGC is working to add graduate programs that will have the greatest impact on the economic development of the region. The LGC is located in North Charleston, near the airport, and shares facilities with the College of Charleston North Campus.

The Hollings Marine Laboratory is a multi-disciplinary institution providing science and biotechnology applications to sustain, protect and restore coastal ecosystems, emphasizing linkages between environmental and human health. The Hollings Marine Laboratory partners with regional, state and national institutions and houses approximately 20 scientists, visiting scientists and 20-30 graduate students who conduct collaborative research in five thematic areas including, Environmental/Analytical Chemistry, Environmental Biology/Response Evaluation, Cryogenic Storage, molecular Biology and Physiology and Aquatic Production.

The South Carolina Department of Commerce (SC DOC) is the economic development and industrial recruiting arm of the State of South Carolina. SC DOC's core missions are to recruit business and industry, provide services to existing businesses, and help develop communities and rural areas in attracting business. Commerce also administers grant funds to support the agency's core missions. Other divisions of SC DOC include Aeronautics, Public Railways, and Savannah Valley Development, which support the core missions of the Department of Commerce while performing their separate statutorily mandated functions.




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