Rep. Chip Limehouse (R-Charleston) says former University of South Carolina trustee Darla Moore’s announcement last week of a $5 million donation for a Center for Aerospace Research is huge for the Lowcountry.
As a South Carolinian and graduate of the University of South Carolina, and member of the state Legislature on the budget committee, I’m tickled pink we have $5 million coming our way for the support of Boeing. We call it “USC Air,” and Trident Tech is going to be involved with it as well. We are going to create a training system for high-tech jobs that are going to support Boeing.
The Center for Aerospace Research would focus on expanding the growing aviation industry in South Carolina. This is just one way Moore says she plans to stay involved with the school despite her removal from the board last week by Governor Nikki Haley. Limehouse is not bogged down by the situation between Moore and Haley.
I’m glad (it) happened that way, but this will pass. What we need to get on to is, don’t worry about the conflict between these folks that are fussing, and let’s just create jobs. That’s all that I’m interested in is just creating jobs for the Lowcountry, that’s my primary goal.
The school had originally asked for the $5 million in the state budget, but the request did not make the final cut in the House. Limehouse says it would be beneficial to get the center started and he believes more will follow.
This is just a start, we’ve got this line in, and we’ll pick up other lines from Boeing. Before it’s all over with, Charleston is going to be one of the top places for jobs in the country. So, if this sort of fight results in money for Boeing and for USC, then I hope they keep arguing.
Moore said she wanted a matching $5 million from the school, but it’s not clear if USC will be able to come up with the money without help from the legislature.
Boeing had a milestone of its own last week, placing the final steel beam on its new 787 Dreamliner interiors fabrication facility in North Charleston. That facility should open by the end of the year.