Sparc broke ground today on its new $11 million facility off Clements Ferry Road in Charleston. (Photo/Leslie Burden)
By Matt Tomsic
Published Feb. 4, 2013
Sparc broke ground today on an $11 million facility that will be used to continue the software developer’s work with the government and private companies.
Gov. Nikki Haley, Charleston Mayor Joe Riley and others gathered for the groundbreaking, held at the software developer’s facility off Clements Ferry Road in Charleston. Haley said the expansion is a compliment to South Carolina and Charleston because Sparc is choosing to grow its business in the Lowcountry, and it will add more than 300 jobs to the company.
“Look at what we’re celebrating today,” Haley said. “We are not celebrating what they started, we are now celebrating expansion.”
Riley compared the Lowcountry to Silicon Valley, saying new tech projects and businesses created interest and energy there that expanded into the community. He also referred to the Lowcountry’s ninth ranking as a best-performing city by the Milken Institute, which cited the area’s tech sector growth in its 2012 rankings.
“Progress is not automatic,” Riley said. “Our growth in the knowledge-based economy was 30% higher than average in our country, and that’s because of people like (Sparc CEO) Eric Bowman and this company.”
The software developer announced the expansion in December, and the project received job development credits which will be available after the company meets its hiring targets.
Bowman said the new facility will perform similar work, and he couldn’t have imagined the company’s growth from five employees years ago to today’s groundbreaking. The company produced a new product every four months last year and has launched its commercial and mobile development support businesses.
“We’ve had a quick journey,” Bowman said.