Florence County is a world class location, with one of the best business climates in the southeast. We've recently been named among America's top 50 cities for business relocation and expansion (by Expansion Management Magazine.) At the Florence County Economic Development Partnership, we work to recruit new business and industry to the county while helping our existing industries grow and expand. To learn how we can assist your business, visit About Us.
Grow Your Business In Good Company
Florence County is a proven, successful location for business and industry and home to over 130 companies that have a manufacturing presence. Perhaps that's why over the past five years new and expanding businesses have invested more than 1.1 billion dollars here, including companies like ESAB, Heinz, Honda, GE Healthcare, Johnson Controls, Monster.com, QVC, Roche, and OTIS Elevator. We're at the convergence of interstates I-95 and I-20, midway between New York City and Miami.
With property tax rates among the lowest in the state, a well-trained work force and a diversified economy, we can help put your business in the fast lane. Access area demographics here.
The Certified Sites Program
Our site pre-certification program helps businesses cut down on red tape and save time and money. We make it easier for you to find the site that's perfect for your requirements. Learn more about the Certified Economic Development sites program, the only one of its kind in South Carolina.
Florence County and the State of South Carolina are continually recognized for the pro-business climate, qualifed workforce, and overall quality of life. The list below covers several recent accolades.
Milken Institute 2008 Best Performing Cities Index showed the Florence MSA as the 5th largest gainer in their evaluation of the top 124 small metropolitan areas in the United States. The report ranks U.S. metropolitan areas by how well they are creating and sustaining jobs and economic growth. The components include job, wage and salary and technology growth.
Southern Business & Development: Has ranked Florence Countys labor market as one of the top five in the southeast for the availability of skilled labor.
Business Facilities: Has consistently rated South Carolina as one of the strongest states in the Southeast for manufacturing.
Competitiveness Redbook: The state ranks forty-fourth (fiftieth is best) in this cost of doing business index, produced by the National Association of Manufacturers with the Association of Washington Business and the Washington Research Council.
Development Counselors International: South Carolina has the third most favorable business climate in the United States, according to this latest survey of senior-level U.S. corporate executives and the site selection consultants.
Entrepreneur: Named South Carolina among the top 5 states for entrepreneurs.
Expansion Management: The magazine's poll of corporate site location consultants in June 2006 ranked the state as the nation's fifth best in work force training programs. South Carolina has ranked in this list's top five for the past seven years.
Forbes: Ranks South Carolina seventh best in 2006 for its pro-business regulatory environment.
Milken Institute Cost of Doing Business Index 2007: South Carolina ranked as the sixth lowest cost state.
Pollina Corporation: South Carolina has been named a “Top 10 Pro-Business State” for each of the four years of the Illinois-based corporate real estate consultant’s survey. The state was #1 in both 2005 and 2006.
Site Selection Magazine: Placed South Carolina has placed in the top 10 of top state business climates and also in its survey based on business executives’ opinions.
Small Business and Entrepreneurial Council: This nonprofit advocacy group in 2006 named the state as having one of the ten lowest corporate income tax rates.