by Raymond Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D.
I would like to share with you a report that I believe offers tremendous value and important insights into the economic health and vitality of our community. The 2012 Regional Economic Scorecard is an annual assessment of the three-county Charleston region's economic progress compared to six similar metro areas and two leading economies. It can be viewed by following http://www.crda.org/economicscorecard/.
The scorecard is produced for the community by the Charleston Regional Development Alliance with research and analysis conducted by Clemson University's Center for Economic Development and by the Charleston Metro Chamber's Center for Business Research. This is the third year they have issued this data report, which shows that Charleston is moving in the right direction. It is also clear that there is more to be done in building a globally competitive economy for the Charleston region.
Discoveries made at MUSC are becoming a key part of the regional economy as spin-off companies develop intellectual property that arises from our research. With the recent addition of the new Bioengineering and Drug Discovery research facilities on campus and the planned development with the City of Charleston of the neighboring Horizon research park, we will attract even more talented scientists and engineers to the area. These researchers will help to drive the knowledge-based economy of our region, while helping to improve the health of our citizens.
Charleston is fast becoming a world-class economy and that means doing business at a different level. We got here by everyone working together, having the broad support of public and private partnerships, and a shared vision for the future. I encourage you to spend time with the report and share the information with your colleagues and contacts.