BoomTown Releases Charleston Tech Map

The recent release of the 2014 Regional Economic Scorecard painted a clear picture of the drastic rise in the knowledge economy in Charleston. Much of this growth has to do with the community-facing companies in the area devoted to seeing Silicon Harbor grow. BoomTown is one of those companies. Founded and owned by a native Charlestonian who was raised and educated in-state – CEO Grier Allen is very committed to seeing the knowledge economy grow locally. Allen’s company has launched a Charleston Tech Map to help the tech community, both locally and nationally, track Silicon Harbor’s growth.

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Since 2005 the number of computer, science and engineering jobs in the Charleston metro region has increased 94.5 percent – a staggering growth. This map aims to interactively chart that growth in real-time. Nina Magnesson, Community Relations and Outreach Manager for BoomTown has been spearheading this project and said that the map “is still a work in progress and we welcome all suggestions, corrections and additions.” You can email BoomTown and recommend a company to be plotted on the map.

Charleston’s knowledge economy companies and institutions are sorted by color based on these nine categories: Capital, Creative, Consulting, Defense, Education, Engineering, Incubator, Technology and Software. If you own or are employed by a business that falls into one of these categories, this is the perfect way to showcase your company and help Silicon Harbor grow.

“Charleston has proven to be a great place to start and build technology companies, and the Charleston Tech Map showcases the innovative companies that make it such an exciting place to be.” Magnesson said. BoomTown developers have been equally committed to completing the map, taking time away from their real work to develop this tool for the community. She said, “We’re excited to highlight this growth and spur the momentum by providing greater access to opportunities for talented individuals to continue to drive our culture of creation.”

 

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