Project Area: Economic Development
Actual Ballot Text
(1) $6,099,696 for the construction of the Upstate Center for Manufacturing Excellence on the campus of Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood;
Piedmont Technical College (PTC) is seeking over $6 million from the 2016 Greenwood Capital Project Sales Tax. They intend to match this with a $6 million South Carolina State appropriation to construct the estimated $12,305,000 state-of-the-art 47,000 square foot Upstate Center for Manufacturing Excellence on the campus of PTC in Greenwood.
Based on new industry projects being recruited to our area as reported to PTC by economic development organizations within the PTC service area, the region’s workforce demands in the industrial and engineering technologies could potentially increase by 3,000+ new jobs over the next five years due to investments by more than ten companies, representing a combined $1.5 billion in capital investment. Because of a more than 60 percent increase in industrial and engineering enrollment over the last five years, PTC’s Greenwood Campus — the primary industrial job training hub for Greenwood and the rural parts of the college’s service area — is currently unable to expand course and program offerings to meet projected needs, and lacks a dedicate flexible space for the kinds of training that will be required by Ready SC to meet startup training demands.
The Upstate Center for Manufacturing Excellence on the campus of PTC in Greenwood will:
- Provide the lab and classroom space necessary to expand academic programs and enrollment in Mechatronics, Welding, Quality Assurance, Machine Tool & CNC Technology in order to provide a ready pipeline of talent in areas that advanced manufacturing companies find difficult to fill. This new space will allow PTC’s remaining Industrial and Engineering Technology programs to expand in the college’s current space.
- Create a flexible space that Ready SC will find necessary for the pre- and post-hire training that major new industrial investments require.
- Enhance Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and interest in STEM-related fields by providing a state-of-the-art facility to grow the region’s number of registered apprenticeships, to partner with school districts on STEM-specific dual enrollment programs and to augment new industry recruiting efforts.