Charleston's tech sector continues to grow, add high-paying jobs

      Ernest Andrade, Director of the Charleston Digital Corridor. (Source: CDC)

      CHARLESTON, S.C.(WCIV) - Charleston'stechnology sector is continuing to add jobs to the local economy.

      According to a statement from the Charleston DigitalCorridor, 100 percent of member companies added jobs in 2012. The group said 73percent of those businesses have plans to add more jobs before the year's end.

      "Today we stand witness to an economic harvest resultingfrom long-term business development strategy by the City of Charlestonfocused on developing Charleston'sknowledge economy," said BoomTown ROI CEO Grier Allen. "I am glad to be abeneficiary, and also a contributor, to our thriving software industry."

      Reporting companies also showed an average wage level above$66,000 per year, which is more than 1.6 times the average wages for the regionand the state, according to Charleston Digital Corridor.

      The program added that office space for knowledge-basedcompanies has also increased. In 2012, 43 percent of companies in the programincreased their office space and 21 percent of those companies have plans toexpand in 2013.

      "The journey is just beginning," said Charleston DigitalCorridor's director, Ernest Andrade.

      The digital corridor was created in 2001 with 18 companiesand three regions based on the Charlestonand Cainhoy peninsulas. In 2006, the corridor grew to 77 companies. TheCharleston Digital Corridor is currently made up of 91 member companies.

      The city has been dubbed "Silicon Harbor"by Mayor Joe Riley and several members of the digital corridor because of thecity's status as a burgeoning technology hub. According to a report from theCharleston Regional Development Alliance, the city is among the top 10 fastestgrowing cities for technology.