Mark Williams Quoted in Greenville Business Magazine Regarding Insights on S.C. Sites

Nov 2, 2017

If  Field of Dreams were filmed today in South Carolina, the whole build-it-and-they-will-come script would likely have to be flipped—our hero, flush with capital and an expansive business operation, would need the talented team first before beginning construction on a major-league project. In other words, the Palmetto State may be no Iowa cornfield, as in Kevin Costner’s 1989 movie, but the labor bench here is slim—at a time when site-selection experts say workforce shortages and worker skills could be a strike against the home team.

“The number one issue is workforce,” agrees Mark Williams, president of Strategic Development Group, a Columbia-based site-selection consultant who’s also chairman of the peer-nominated Site Selectors Guild, a national organization founded in 2010 and billed as the “only association of the world’s foremost professional site-selection consultants.”
“That’s historically been an issue for us, but South Carolina has made a lot of gains in that area due to our recent successes and improvement of skills, but we’re at a period of time with demographics and job growth that has gotten our employment rate so low that workforce has been a persistent issue,” he says.


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