Opportunity Next is the three-county Charleston region's comprehensive, cluster-based economic development strategy, which guides our region's efforts to strengthen the local economy, improve average wages and create new jobs over the next three-to-five years.
The objective: to supercharge the region's economy, strengthen employment and to establish Charleston as an international hub for business and talent.
Opportunity Next is driving regional stakeholders to take action to foster the growth of four target clusters:
TARGET CLUSTERAerospace LEARN MORE >
TARGET CLUSTERBiomedical LEARN MORE >
TARGET CLUSTEREnergy Systems LEARN MORE >
Advanced Materials, Creative Design, Drivetrain & Power Systems, Logistics and Software.
Competencies include workforce skills, infrastructure, and innovations that intersect multiple sectors, enabling the region to progress despite industry fluctuations.
Economic development efforts balance business recruitment, business retention/expansion and entrepreneurship programs.
Some targets, such as aerospace, represent an immediate recruitment and expansion opportunity. Others, such as biomedical, depend on entrepreneurial resources.
A detailed plan of action for each target cluster and competency can be found in Resources.