See what these transplants have to say about relocating to SC...
Ed Sanchez, Vice President of Palmetto GBA
Columbia is more progressive than what its national reputation would seem to indicate. It has a very reasonable cost-of-living and is centrally located for vacations, whether going east to the beach or west to the mountains.
On the top 3 things Ed appreciates about the Midlands:
The friendly people, the cost of living, and the proximity to South Carolina beaches and golf.
Lola Jordan, President, Companion Data Services
When you drive around, you think you are in rural America because there are so many trees. Yet, we know greater Columbia is considered a metro area. The fact that all the congestion of housing development and businesses can be hidden by trees makes it feel like home in Northern California with all the pine trees and beauty.
On the people in the Midlands:
The biggest draw to the Midlands is the people. The people make the difference. You can be having a so-so day but then you go out and you're greeted with warmth. People are genuine. They care. You get the southern hospitality with still the convenience of things like Starbucks.
Mark Loos, Chief Strategic Planning & Business Development Officer, Palmetto Health
The Midlands is a great place to raise a family! Our family was welcomed by our neighbors, at church, at school and in the community. We have lived in SC for only 3 years and have made some very good friends. I would describe SC to be family-oriented and a very welcoming place to live.
Pamela Hardy, Corporate Learning Officer, Palmetto Health
The Midlands is poised to be the next break-out area in the country. With more variety in the types of employment and an upgrade of the infrastructure, it can blossom and still keep its relaxed vibe and charm. The weather--in spite of the information about how hot it can get here in the summer--is great overall. It is also convenient to travel to vacation locations such as Charleston, Hilton Head, Savannah, and Charlotte.
Rob Brinkerhoff, System Vice President – Human Resources, Palmetto Health
South Carolina has so much more to offer than what is often cited in the news or publicly discussed. Our strength is rooted in our diversity and we have so much to offer by way of culture, business development, education, spirituality, and from a geographic/climate standpoint, e.g. beaches, mountains, etc.
Rob Jarrard, Captain (Aviation), BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
I've had to move a few times throughout my career, and have always found the people in the South to be kind, fun-loving people. I really like the Midlands area so far, there's always something going on in Columbia.
Ric Ransom, Senior Administrator, Greenville Health System
Upstate South Carolina is a beautiful and diverse part of the country and it has forward-thinking governmental leaders in most areas that have positioned the community well for growth and success.
The breadth of diversity has been the best thing I have been most pleasantly surprised about. I knew that BMW had a huge presence in the Upstate, but I didn't really appreciate the impact that might have on the local community. Waling down Main Street and hearing people speak German and seeing people of all different nationalities really impressed me with the idea that the Upstate is not your typical southern community.
Darrious Baker, Associate at Fisher & Phillips, LLP
South Carolina offers a pro-business environment because it is a right-to-work state with the lowest private sector unionization rate in the country. Our state has low corporate income tax rates and offers various incentives including corporate income tax credits. Our state’s infrastructure includes access to five interstate highways, deep water seaports, a sizable rail system, and affordable energy.
Jeffrey Leimseider, Member of Furman University's OLLI
Greenville has great lifestyle choices: affordable housing, great cultural events, the Peace Center, Furman University and its community programs like the Herring Center, Fluor Field, Bon Secours Wellness Arena, and for us Yankees, good weather as well as good community theatre: Centre Stage, Greenville Little Theatre, and the Warehouse. We also have an amazing Symphony.