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Haley breaks ground for SPARC addition

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DANIEL ISLAND, SC (WCSC) -

A local company is doing its part to help the economy, by adding more than 300 jobs as it looks to invest nearly $11 million dollars in the next four years.

The groundbreaking took just moments, but Governor Nikki Haley welcomed a vision that's been in the works for years.

"When you look at companies like SPARC that really start from the very beginning and grow into something great, that takes great innovative people who are willing to take that extra step to say yes we're going to do this."

Making its home on Daniel Island, SPARC is a high-tech company that specializes in software development. The company's CEO says its quick growth has been in part to generous state incentives.

"Everything from green technologies, where we show real-time energy consumption of buildings, to mobile platforms, to employee engagement platforms," says Eric Bowman, SPARC's CEO and founder.

Mayor Joseph Riley says this is what he had in mind when the city launched the Charleston Digital Corridor a decade ago. He says to see the city become a hub of innovation and a model for other cities is remarkable.

"Charleston is on the go," says the Mayor. "They call it in California, Silicon Valley, well we're going to be known as Silicon Harbor."

Governor Haley says at the state level, they will continue to minimize the hurdles involved in starting and maintaining a business.
"We want to make sure we're keeping any regulations, any additional cost out of their way so that they can just focus on their employees and focus on their product."

Construction on the 45,000 square-foot addition is expected to be completed in November of this year.

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