ORANGEBURG, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The eyes of the nation will be on South Carolina tomorrow when the nation’s first presidential debate takes place in Orangeburg County. All eight democratic presidential candidates are confirmed to attend: Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama, John Edwards, Joe Biden, Christopher Dodd, Mike Gravel, Dennis Kucinich and Bill Richardson.
Because of the event’s significance, many people want to know more about Orangeburg County and why it was chosen to host this pivotal debate:
A Great Place to Live
Orangeburg County was selected as an All-American City in 2005, based on the ability of business and government leaders to work with citizens for community improvement. The county was chosen for its focus on diversity, creative use of community resources and work to improve the standard of living and quality of life for citizens.
A Dynamic Business Climate
Attractive to business and industry, Orangeburg County’s industrial growth is among the strongest in South Carolina on a per capita basis. From heavy manufacturing to service-related facilities and agribusiness, the community’s industrial base employs over 8,200 workers in more than 100 business operations. Top employers include Electrolux, Koyo Corporation, North American Container Corporation, and Zeus Industrial Products. Fortune 500 companies Lennox, Dana, Federal Mogul and Sara Lee also have a presence in Orangeburg County.
A Strategic Location at the Interchange of Major U.S. Interstates
Orangeburg County is the home of “South Carolina’s Global Logistics Triangle.” It is strategically located at the intersection of Interstates 26 and 95, midway between South Carolina’s port at Charleston and the capital city, Columbia.
Home to One of the Nation’s Top Historically Black Colleges
The debate will take place on the campus of S.C. State University, which was named one of the nation’s Top 10 universities by Washington Monthly magazine based in part on the university’s efforts to foster research and promote service to country and community. S.C. State University’s ROTC program also holds the distinction of producing the highest number of minority officers in the country. A well-known S.C. State graduate is U.S. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn. http://www.scsu.edu/
For more information on Orangeburg County, contact Orangeburg County Development Commission Executive Director Gregg Robinson at 803.614.8808 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more facts on Orangeburg, please go to www.ocdc.com or www.orangeburgchamber.com/