The Economist gives Charleston praise, but our port gets little

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Done as a brief feature about impressive economic turnaround, Charleston is in The Economist.

In part:
Until the government closed it in 1996, the navy base in Charleston was the region’s economic engine. The navy was Charleston’s largest employer, directly providing work for more than 22,000 people. But after a decade of decay, some 340 acres (140 hectares) of the site is now part of a 3,000-acre redevelopment plan in North Charleston called Noisette, billed as “a city within a city” and costing $3 billion over 20 years. The redeveloped navy shipyard has already attracted a number of green businesses. Clemson University’s research campus has also moved there.

Then, after a half-dozen paragraphs about how stellar Charleston's growth has been, the port was once again pointed out as a seemingly lone kink in our region's economic armor. In par, again:
Not all is rosy. Charleston’s port has been struggling to compete with neighbouring Savannah.

And, it's only the latest in such critical pieces on our port.

Head over to The Economist for a read.

Thanks to Mike for tipping us off.

Update January 5: Back in November one of the editors of The Economist was the keynote speaker at the annual luncheon of the Charleston Regional Development Alliance. Go read about it at The Charleston Regional Business Journal.