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Posted on: September 27, 2022

Landing Pad ribbon-cutting set for Oct. 5


BEAUFORT, S.C. (Sept. 27, 2022)  –  The City of Beaufort will hold a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the opening of the Southern Carolina Landing Pad at 500 Carteret Street at 2 p.m. on Oct. 5.

The Landing Pad, an office for out-of-state and overseas companies to plant themselves while they consider moving operations to Beaufort, already has its first client.

A Japanese company, SkyDrive Inc., a developer of vertical takeoff flying vehicles – aka flying cars! – will be at the Landing Pad through the autumn as it completes its analysis of the South Carolina market. SkyDrive has a testing and R&D facility in Toyota, Japan, and has 150 employees worldwide. 

“It’s very exciting to think that SkyDrive, which is working on some truly advanced technology, has chosen Beaufort to take a closer look at market conditions,” said Beaufort Mayor Stephen Murray. “This is exactly why we developed the Landing Pad.”

The Landing Pad comprises 3,300 square feet, and includes a large training room, small conference room, 7 individual offices, kitchen, and  high-speed internet. It is on the second floor of the City-owned building at 500 Carteret, where the Downtown Operations Department is located.

The cost of renovations to the space was approximately $400,000. Funding was provided by the City of Beaufort, the South Carolina Department of Commerce, the Beaufort County Economic Development Corporation, the Southern Carolina Alliance, and Hargray.

About the Southern Carolina Landing Pad:

The Southern Carolina Landing Pad aims to assist established companies from around the world that are looking to enter either the U.S. or South Carolina markets for the first time. This program enables global or out-of-state companies to put feet on the ground in South Carolina by streamlining what can be perceived as an overwhelming process in an unfamiliar market. From regulation and taxation issues to translation or office space, the Landing Pad program will connect businesses to the appropriate service providers, helping them get started in a reliable and cost-effective way. For more information, contact Senior Project Manager Charlie Stone at the Beaufort County Economic Development Corporation,, or at 843-226-3462 X 2.


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