South Carolina has done a good job attracting large employers such as Boeing and BMW, but it needs to do more to encourage innovation and tech-related entrepreneurial activity, according to a new report from the S.C. Department of Commerce.
“Cultivating and supporting a strong innovation sector is critical for the future of our economy,” S.C. Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt said in a statement.
Last updated in 2013, the Commerce Department this month released the new South Carolina Innovation Plan, which is intended to guide the growth of innovation and tech-related entrepreneurial activity in the state.
It encourages more business startups like those at Spartanburg Community College’s Center for Business and Entrepreneurial Development in Duncan and the bGEN incubator in Gaffney.
The plan also notes significant South Carolina firsts, everything from the introduction of sweet tea in 1890 in Summerville to the first electrically powered cotton…