I-77 Corridor Near Rock Hill Booming


rock hill signIf you want to know why North Carolina lawmakers are scrambling to beef up the state’s business incentives programs, drive a few miles south down Interstate 77.

From the state line to Rock Hill, Charlotte’s neighbors to the south are experiencing a boom, fueled in large part by projects South Carolina either lured from Charlotte or beat out North Carolina to win. The common thread: big incentives packages that North Carolina couldn’t match.

The point was driven home Thursday, when South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and other economic development officials broke ground on LPL Financial’s new headquarters in Fort Mill. The company is moving about 1,000 workers from Charlotte to the 450,000-square-foot new campus in Kingsley Park and plans to eventually employ 3,000 workers there.

“Our vision for the future development of Fort Mill is not simply to be a bedroom community for Charlotte,” said Fort Mill Mayor Danny Funderburk. He said the upstate will compete for jobs from Charlotte just as if they were jobs from anywhere else.


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