Robert "Bobby" Hitt, Secretary, SC Department of Commerce
Robert "Bob" St. Onge, Secretary, SC Department of Transportation
Jim Newsome, CEO, SC State Ports Authority
TDL supports virtually our entire economy, so it needs constant investment to maintain vibrancy and have the ability to grow and compete. The South Carolina TDL cluster has suffered some downfalls in the last decade including dropping several notches in ranking on total volume at the Port.
New leadership at the SC State Ports Authority, progress on a new terminal in North Charleston and a boom in distribution center construction all point to a reversal of fortune for South Carolina. All of this activity will position the state for a wealth of potential new port business and ignite the TDL cluster when widening of the Panama Canal is completed in 2014.
With the support and participation of the SC Department of Transportation, the SC Department of Commerce, and the SC State Ports Authority, New Carolina is standing up a TDL Council to bring together public and private sector leaders to compete for jobs, investment, and industry leadership. The Council will identify and eliminate major industry obstacles and roadblocks to competitiveness with regards to infrastructure, incentives, workforce, and more. The Council will drive solutions to address these issues and help direct focused investments of public sector dollars.
The TDL industry in South Carolina will strengthen our state’s economy, create jobs, attract investment, and become a global leader in transportation, distribution, and logistics.
The TDL Council creates champions, engages stakeholders, and provides a mechanism to support and guide industry activity and investment.
South Carolina's business and political leaders gathered on February 9, 2010 to discuss the state's transportation infrastructure, which virtually every one of the state's industries relies on directly or indirectly. New Carolina’s TDL Council was the driving force behind the gathering to support Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics (TDL) as one of South Carolina’s 12 industry clusters.
The summit was held to keep industries and its advocates from becoming complacent when there are critical decisions in the next few years that affect them.
“South Carolina has the necessary assets to compete with any state,” noted TDL Council Co-Chair Deepal Eliatamby, president of Alliance Consulting Engineers. “One missing link is that we must become as organized as our competing states have been in terms of focusing on attracting TDL business. The Riding the Wave to 2014 Summit brought together leadership amongst the private sector, government, and public agencies, because our state can be more competitive if we all work together.”
Click on the links below to learn more about the TDL Summit 2011. Save the date for the TDL Summit 2012 on March 13, 2012 from 10:00 am to 3:15 pm in Columbia, SC. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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