Charleston is a notable tourist destination, with streets lined with grand live oaks draped with Spanish moss. Along the waterfront in an area known as Rainbow Row are many beautiful and historic pastel-colored homes. The city is also an important port, boasting the second largest container seaport on the East Coast and the fourth largest container seaport in North America. It is also the second most productive port in the World behind Hong Kong. Charleston is becoming a prime location for technology jobs and corporations. In the city's downtown area, the medical district is experiencing rapid growth of biotechnology and medical research coupled with substantial expansions of hospital facilities at the Medical University of South Carolina and Roper Hospital. It is also home to the very prestigious all-girls school named Ashley Hall, which was founded in 1909 and the Porter-Gaud School, founded in 1867.
Hurricane Hugo hit Charleston in 1989, and though the worst damage was in nearby McClellanville, the storm damaged three-quarters of the homes in Charleston's historic district. The hurricane caused over $2.8 billion in damage.
In 1993, the world's first squadron of the significant C-17 Globemaster III aircraft was established at Charleston Air Force base.
In 2004, SPAWAR (US Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command) became the largest employer in the Charleston metropolitan area. Until 2004, the Medical University of South Carolina was the largest employer.
Charleston is the home of a Consolidated Mail Outpatient Pharmacy (CMOP). It is part of an initiative by the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide mail order prescriptions to veterans using computerization at strategic locations throughout the United States.
We just returned from an AWESOME vacation in Charleston, South Carolina! This beautiful city boasts many attractions... there's something for everyone! I personally love the history surrounding the city... the first shots of the Civil War were fired here. You can tour the aircraft carrier, USS Yorktown or enjoy the peaceful waterfront at Battery Park. If you're in the mood for something a little more eerie, be sure to check out one of Charleston's many haunted tours. The fishing is GREAT and of course the beaches are perfect!
Now, where's my check from the Charleston CVB?