Manufacturing and technology are as important as ever: Lessons learned from a disruptive year – UPSTATE BUSINESS JOURNAL

By John Lummus, president and CEO, Upstate SC Alliance

“You know what 2020 is? The year of clear vision.”

I rocked that dad joke for months. And in the early days of 2020, it was a fair outlook: The economy was buzzing, unemployment hovered around record rates — especially in the Upstate — and most projections pointed to growth.

At the Upstate SC Alliance, we launched the business recruitment year with a visit to CES (formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show) to showcase South Carolina as the place “where manufacturing and technology intersect.”

This year was also a milestone for the region’s economic development, as the Upstate SC Alliance celebrated our 20th anniversary, applauding the visionary leaders who saw value in the Upstate’s 10 counties banding together to promote our region to the world.

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