Andrade Offers Roadmap for Successful Economic Development at SCTA Convention

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (April 14, 2014) – Ernest Andrade, principal of Andrade Economics and founder and director of the Charleston Digital Corridor , brings his expertise to the South Carolina Telecom Association's 2014 Spring Convention on April 15 at Charleston Place.

Andrade's value and results-oriented mindset has given Charleston a growing list of accomplishments with its tech economy. Andrade will share some highlights of his roadmap in his address, including topics such as "ditch the studies and start a process of strategic doing" and "relationships of substance vs. obligation and convenience," among other points. Andrade will also discuss how SC Telecoms can gain market share in light of some recently proposed mergers.

Earlier this month, Andrade received high praise for his presentation at the 11th Annual Wilmington Information Technology Exchange (WITX) Conference, where he delivered the keynote address on "Building a Thriving Tech Economy: What Wilmington can learn from the successes of Charleston, S.C."

Andrade launched the Charleston Digital Corridor in February 2001 to attract, nurture and grow knowledge-based companies in Charleston.Under Andrade's leadership, the successful public-private business development partnership has garnered a growing list of accomplishments, including: growing the city from 38 to over 100 square miles, increasing Charleston's tax base by over $2.5 billion and 30,000 residents, executing a strategic plan to recruit competitive economic development projects with a capital investment of over $500 million, and positioning Charleston as a premier destination for knowledge-based companies by growing the Digital Corridor from 18 to over 100 companies since its launch in 2001 with average wages twice the regional average.


Ernest Andrade