Presenting panelists plus perspective, the Charleston, South Carolina Metro Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Economic Outlook Conference from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on March 10 at the Charleston Area Convention Center at 5000 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston.
As the chamber prepares to look toward the next 18 months, it will present keynote speaker Katarina Fjording, Volvo Car Group’s VP for purchasing and manufacturing, who will discuss plans for Volvo’s first American factory.
Volvo representatives, Gov. Nikki Haley and other public officials officially broke ground on Volvo Cars’ first American factory in Berkeley County in September 2015, signaling a win both for the Swedish automotive manufacturer and the Palmetto State.
The chamber, having hosted the economic summit for 25 years, launched the event with the goal of transparency for the region’s economy. Over the past quarter-century, the Charleston metropolitan area has blossomed with a healthy variety of industries, leading to its current status as a “global metro.”
"With the emergence of top international companies such as Boeing, Google, Mercedes, Amazon, BMW and now Volvo, the Charleston region is much more diversified," Mary Graham, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce’s chief advancement officer, said. "This diversification has created a magnitude of opportunities along with thousands of jobs. We must now focus on ensuring we have a talent pipeline to fill these positions as well as proper infrastructure that allows our residents to travel our roads safely and our businesses to efficiently transport goods and services."
The Economic Outlook Conference is open to all Chamber members.