United States of America, South Carolina
30 000 inhabitants
Anderson, South Carolina, is located in the foothills region of the east coast in the southern United States on a major interstate highway between Atlanta, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina. With a population of about 30,000, the city is the county seat and serves a regional population of more than 350,000.
The mild climate, world class health care, prominent higher education and variety of cultural opportunities make Anderson an ideal choice for industry, retirees and families. Located on one of the state’s largest lakes, outdoor and recreational activities are plentiful.
Known as “The Electric City,” Anderson, S.C. was the first city in the United States to have a continuous supply of electric power and the first in the world to create a cotton gin operated by electricity. Anderson native William Church Whitner was the man who first conceived the idea of generating alternating current electricity using turbulent river water to send power to the city in 1896. This history of innovation informs the business environment in Anderson today as it boasts one of the finest entrepreneurial facilities and programs in the area.
After a century of a cotton-mill based economy, leaders rebuilt the area’s employment base in recent decades to include a variety of industry and manufacturing companies which now thrive as the area is home to more than 200 manufacturers and 20 international companies including two Michelin sites.
City leaders ensure that a vision for livability and sustainability top their list of priorities to lead Anderson to even greater prominence. Recent efforts have paid off in recognition as “best practices” in the areas of law enforcement/public safety and public art/greenspaces.
The taxes are low and the workforce is ready.
For business or pleasure, Anderson welcomes the world in fine Southern style.