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A LEGACY OF LEADERSHIP IN PUBLIC SERVICES

Charleston County’s economic development mission emphasizes:

  • Recruitment
  • Retention of County businesses
  • Expansion of County businesses
  • Continuous improvement of the business climate
Businesses need a value-added relationship with their local governments and luckily, they find just such a partner here. For nearly six decades, Charleston County has distinguished itself among its national peers in public service excellence.


Charleston County is an award-winning innovator in several key areas, including:

  • Fiscal Management
    • A legacy of fiscal integrity provides a firm foundation for the cost effective provision of high quality public services.
  • Planning and Environmental Stewardship
    • Careful land planning, extensive greenbelt acquisition, and a far-reaching solid waste program act to safeguard the cherished Charleston County landscape and preserve its natural resources.
  • EMS and Public Safety
    • Excellent emergency medical service providers, along with our Sheriff’s well-trained and highly capable law enforcement officers, give our businesses and residents great peace of mind
  • Consolidated 9-1-1 and Emergency Preparedness
    • The County's award-winning Consolidated 9-1-1 program is getting a new state-of-the-art facility to better serve the public in 2013.
  • Public Transportation Infrastructure
    • Strategic investment in highway infrastructure and public transportation within its business corridors creates exciting new business and job creation opportunities.
  • Small Business Procurement and Mentoring
    • The County also targets much of its procurement at local businesses, mentoring and encouraging them to bid on County contracts.
  • Soild Waste, Recycling and Conservation Programs
    • Careful land planning, extensive greenbelt acquisition, and a far-reaching solid waste program act to safeguard the cherished Charleston County landscape and preserve its natural resources.
  • Economic Development
    • Charleston County Council creates value in the business climate through balancing preservation with growth and progress. The County has a unique ‘sense of place’ that beckons to an earlier time, but enthusiastically embraces a culture of economic innovation.
*Pictured: Lonnie Hamilton III, Public Services Building (PSB) on Leeds Avenue in North Charleston. The PSB houses the County Administrator, County Council Chambers and many other public services departments. Photo credit: Jennie Davis Flynn