Area Development magazine recently ranked Spartanburg 16th on its list of the nation's "Recession-Busting Cities" for economic development.
The Charleston/North Charleston/Summerville metro was ranked 21st on the list, in which Area Development evaluated changes in economic indicators from 2009-14.
“In general, cities that fared the best had low overall business costs, including cost advantages in labor, property and leasing, incentives, and corporate taxes,” the magazine said.
Richland County also was named the nation's first “Certified Connected Capital Community." This designation recognizes places that have “measurably demonstrated their proficiency for effective access, adoption, and use of broadband and broadband supported technologies.”
Richland County is one of seven South Carolina communities that have achieved the designation.