In a recent report, Palmetto Promise Institute unveiled the most enterprise-friendly cities in the state. Topping the list is the town of Bluffton. Buoyed by an impressive decadal population growth, healthy job growth and a low business tax burden, Bluffton scored a total of 81.07 points out of a possible 100 points. Mauldin, Greer, Simpsonville and Fountain Inn round out the top five, respectively.
To determine the strength of a city’s enterprise friendliness, PPI used a formula that measured and scored four major categories: economic vitality, business tax burden, community allure and transportation infrastructure. Co-authored by Dr. John Hill of American Indicators and Dr. Oran Smith and Adam Crain of Palmetto Promise Institute, the report compiles data in the aforementioned categories and ranks cities based on that data.
“The town focused on economic recovery throughout and after the recession as Bluffton established a business-friendly framework,” Bluffton town manager Marc Orlando said. “Town leaders were clear they wanted Bluffton to emerge as a regional leader in economic development. I am proud our staff members diligently work every day to support commerce.”