The Upstate Alliance has revealed the results of a study to identify possible new industries for future economic growth, specifically geared for the upstate. To find the ideal way to market the region, consultants considered industries which they felt would connect the upstate’s business as well as research strengths.
The industrial opportunities included advanced materials, meaning metal fabrication, photonics and advanced textiles. Also, in the automotive industry, diesel powertrain production, specialty equipment makers, and research and development in fuel efficiency, batteries, and plug-in hybrid vehicles. In the biosciences, the study recommends medical devices, biomaterial research and development and clinical testing. And finally under the category of energy, it lists energy grid components, nuclear components and wind and solar production.
The results of the Upstate Alliance study were unveiled during a presentation held at Tri-County Technical College in Pendleton.