Base closure helped SC coastal economy forward

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The economy along the South Carolina coast has been boosted in recent months by the announcement of a $750 million Boeing jetliner assembly plant and a $100 million wind turbine test facility.

That growth did not seem possible 15 years ago when the government closed the Charleston Naval Base. But the president of the Charleston Regional Development Alliance, David Ginn, says the base closing brought the community together and led to a more diversified economy.

Concern about long-term labor needs has resulted in even more cooperation. In recent months the presidents of the five area colleges and superintendents of the four local school districts have been meeting monthly to work on needs for developing the area work force.

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