Dedicated to helping grow business in South Carolina
The Tri-County Regional Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to serving its members and communities by taking a proactive role in improving the general welfare, prosperity, and quality of life for all citizens of the Tri-County Regional Chamber of Commerce area.
The Tri-County Regional Chamber of Commerce will seek to accomplish its mission by focusing particular attention and emphasis on (a) advancing and stimulating economic, commercial, agricultural, and industrial growth and development, (b) promoting tourism, (c) providing quality education, and (d) advancing civic and cultural interests.
We are located strategically around the intersection of Interstates 26 and 95 within 50 miles of historically rich Charleston, SC and the second busiest port on the east coast. The area is serviced by Norfolk Southern and the CSX System and is 40 miles from the Charleston International Airport.
The Tri-County Area
Berkeley County is located in the southeastern part of South Carolina and is also part of the Charleston Statistical Area.
Moncks Corner serves as the county seat and is located approximately 30 miles north of the region's largest city, Charleston.
Berkeley County was established in 1682 as one of three original land grants to the Lords Proprietors in Carolina. Long known as a "sportsman's paradise" because of its great fishing and hunting, Berkeley County has become a leader in economic development with extensive industrial growth over the past few years.
For Berkeley County, 1995 was a record breaking year. Bringing in over $1 billion in capital investment, the county set a new record within South Carolina for industrial capital investment. While agriculture and forest products remain important, the manufacturing sector has become one of the county's fastest growing employment sectors. Companies such as Amoco, Bayer, Nucor, and Quoizel are among the more than 75 manufacturing facilities operated in Berkeley County today.
DORCHESTER COUNTY, South Carolina
Dorchester County, located in the southeastern section of South Carolina, is part of the Charleston Metropolitan Statistical Area also comprised of Charleston and Berkeley Counties. The total population of the region is 506,875 according to the 1990 census.
St. George, the county seat, is located in the northwestern portion of the county. Summerville, the county's largest city, is adjacent to both Charleston and Berkeley counties and has an estimated labor force of 246,055 within a 30-mile radius.
Dorchester County is luring scores of new residents with the availability of quality education, medical facilities, affordable housing as well as close proximity to Charleston. These features contribute to Dorchester County's rank as the second fastest growing county in the state. Commercial and residential construction projects have also increased to meet the demands of this rapid growth that is projected to continue.
The economy of Dorchester County is growing rapidly as well. This is evidenced by retail sales which have grown from $696 million in 1990 to $826 million in 1995. Between 1993 and 1995 the civilian workforce expanded by 5.8% with total employment rising by 1,990.
ORANGEBURG COUNTY, South Carolina
All roads lead to Orangeburg County. Interstates, rail and air waves all converge in Orangeburg to pave the way for business success. Manufacturers and distribution centers have multiple connections to interstate highways , quick access to a major seaport and gateways to international markets via air cargo and commercial flights.
Orangeburg County lies at the heart of a four-hour arc encompassing three of the fastest growing markets in the Southeast; Atlanta, Charlotte and Jacksonville. With more than 1,600 miles of highways within its borders, Orangeburg County distinguishes itself from the rest of South Carolina through unparalleled access. Columbia and Charleston, the state's two largest commercial centers, are only minutes away via Interstate 26 and 95 which, combined, offer 10 interchanges throughout Orangeburg County.
Within a 500-mile radius of Orangeburg County are 15 states stretching from Pennsylvania to Florida. These states are home to 32 percent of all U. S. manufacturing facilities and generate 34 percent of total U. S. retail sales. What's more, they are all within easy reach of Orangeburg County.
Average daily temperature (f)
High ...................................................... 75.5
Low ....................................................... 54.2
Average annual precipitation ...... 51.59 inches
Average relative humidity ........................ 75%
The three counties have a combined land area of 2,780.33 square miles (Berkeley 1,099.55; Dorchester 574.79; and Orangeburg 1,105.99). The average annual temperature in the Tri-County Region is 64.8 degrees Fahrenheit. In January, the average temperature is 47.7 degrees Fahrenheit, and July's average is 80.7 degrees Fahrenheit.
The total precipitation for the Tri-County Region is 51.59 inches with the greatest monthly average occurring in July with 5.95 inches. The lowest is in November with .18 inches. The average growing season is 240 days.
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