Southern Carolina Regional Alliance: Fall, 2019

Southeastern US Delegation

Benelux Trade Mission: Oct. 28-31, 2019

South Carolina and the Southeastern US have seen exceptional growth over the past several decades, particularly from European companies. Why? A combination of low costs, skilled labor and a business-friendly environment is part of the story. But it also includes the region’s long history as a launching point for US operations by successful European companies.

This October, a group of experienced economic development professionals from the Southeastern US will visit Belgium and The Netherlands, prepared to meet with companies considering growth into the US market.

This is an opportunity to get answers to your questions about land and labor costs, economic incentives, infrastructure, local vs. state regulations and other issues important to your US success. To schedule an appointment, contact Trip DuBard of BeneluxConnect, a Brussels-based business connecting the Southeastern US with Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg. Trip can be reached at Trip@BeneluxConnect.com, or +32 (0)487 39 32 08.

Southeastern Delegation Members

Kay Maxwell

Kay Maxwell serves as vice president of marketing for the Southern Carolina Regional Development Alliance.

The Alliance represents a seven-county region located at the border of South Carolina and Georgia, between the ports of Charleston and Savannah. In the past decade alone, the region has seen more than $1 billion in investment and the creation of more than 4,000 jobs.

In large part, that growth has been due to the region’s tremendous location — it sits between the ports of Charleston and Savannah and astride Interstate 95 — the main North-South artery of the U.S. East Coast. With affordable labor and land, and a pro-business state government, Southern Carolina is a favored location for distribution, forest products and alternative energy companies. In addition, with its proximity to major factories for Boeing, Gulfstream, BMW, Daimler and Volvo, it is also a premier site for companies in the automotive, aerospace and advanced composite industries.

With 25 years of experience in media relations and professional consulting, Maxwell is a graduate of Columbia College, the South Carolina Economic Developers School and Georgia Tech’s professional development for economic development professionals.

Ford Graham

W. Ford Graham is an attorney in the Charleston office of international law firm K&L Gates.

Former Director of International Strategy and Trade for the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Graham has been one of the leading recruiters of international companies to the Southeastern United States for more than a decade. He has facilitated new industry and industrial expansion in more than 105 projects, resulting in commitments of more than 7,900 new jobs and $2.9 billion in new investment. Graham’s practice focuses on companies opening or expanding operations in the U.S. In addition to economic incentives, Graham assists companies with the full spectrum of legal needs that arise when entering a new market.

At the SC Department of Commerce, he directed all aspects of the agency’s international efforts including South Carolina’s four international offices in Delhi, Munich, Shanghai, and Tokyo, uncovering Foreign Direct Investment opportunities, and assisting South Carolina companies to export their products worldwide.

Graham is a past president of the Council of American States in Europe, the 40-year old organization consisting of the 17 American states with representatives in Europe, and is a graduate of University of South Carolina law school.


To schedule an appointment, contact Trip DuBard of BeneluxConnect, a Brussels-based business connecting the Southeastern US with Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg. Trip can be reached at trip@beneluxconnect.com, or +32 (0)487 39 32 08.