I have lived in Florence for 21 years and I think it is one of the most business friendly & fast growing communities in the area. Florence does have a lot to offer in the entertainment arena: the Civic Center brings entertainment year round- including an in-door football league, Little Theatre (new $20 million facility is currently being built), new Performing Arts Center ($20 million facility- will breakground in 2008), tons of wonderful restuarants, 2 malls plus over a hundred small shopping centers, outdoor receation- parks, rivers, Freedom Florence Baseball complex, fabulous golf courses, ect. We are 15 mintutes from Darlington Raceway- home to the Nextel Nascar Mother's day race in May (plus they have a wonderful history museum).
We have expanding industry and new industry coming to the area: QVC, Inc. & Johnson Controls, Inc have just built new facilities in Florence. Existing large business & industry include: Honda of SC Manufacturing, Roche Carolina, DuPont, GE, IFH Foodservice Distribution, McCall Farms, PET Dairy, Pepsi, Coke, Coors, Budweiser, Nan Ya Plastics and hundreds more!
Florence is home to some of the best infrastructure in the state of SC- we have I-20 & I-95, Florence Regional Airport, CSX Rail & close proximity to the Ports of Charleston, SC & Wilmington, NC- basically you go get anywhere quickly from Florence! We are home to the most hotel rooms of any other county on the I-95 cooridor.
Florence's cost of living is very reasonable and we are the only county in the state to have a real estate market that is still on the upward curve. Land & building costs are some of the lowest in the SouthEast.
Our education opportunities are endless: early public education is becoming much more agressive and improving, we offer over 12 private schools, home to Francis Marion University & Florence-Darlington Technical College.
Overall, Florence is a wonderful place to work & live!