The Building Berkeley Story

Berkeley County is the 26th fastest growing county in the U.S. and among the fastest in the South Carolina.

That’s simply incredible.

More than 7,000 new jobs have been created here since 2015. And over the past 3 years, several major businesses and international corporations have chosen to call Berkeley County home, or grow their presence —including Volvo, Thorne Research, IFA Rotorion and Blackbaud.

Along the way, we've seen a $3 billion increase in economic development during that time.

As the Charleston metro region continues to expand, large residential developments—like Cane Bay Plantation and Nexton—have also sprouted in Berkeley County, and as many as 30,000 more homes are on the way.

That’s a lot of growth in a short amount of time. And although we’re excited to see Berkeley County prosper, this type of rapid, unprecedented development presents challenges for our residents. Prior to 2015, the county had not kept pace with the necessary investments to meet the demands of our growing population.

But that’s not the case anymore.

Over the last three years, we’ve been working hard to not only get caught up, but also get ahead of Berkeley County’s growth. With a strategic, innovative, and forward-looking plan, we are Building Berkeley by making the necessary investments today to create an even brighter future for our community.

In doing so, we’re focused on three critical areas: Infrastructure, Public Safety, and Quality of Life.

 

Goals

IMPROVING INFRASTRUCTURE

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More Berkeley County residents mean more cars on our roads. We believe Berkeley County residents should spend less time in gridlock and more time doing what they love. Our work to improve infrastructure ranges from bringing old roads up to current standards and improving intersection safety to creating a grid network that connects major roadways and reduces congestion.

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INVESTING IN PUBLIC SAFETY

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Berkeley County’s population grew by more than 30% over a recent 10-year period, yet little investment was made in public safety. This resulted in an understaffed team of first responders working with outdated and inadequate tools, including a public safety radio network that only covered a fifth of the county. Today, we’ve made dramatic public safety investments — with more to come.

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UPGRADING QUALITY OF LIFE

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We understand that quality of life extends beyond traffic congestion and public safety. It’s access to quality jobs and shared public spaces. It’s making sure our community is equipped to withstand extreme weather events and creating programs that allow us to live sustainably. We're also Building Berkeley by making thoughtful, valuable enhancements throughout the county to improve quality of life for our residents.

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