BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) - A big milestone in Berkeley County, as Blackbaud announces they will build a brand new headquarters on Daniel Island, and hire 300 new employees.
Governor Nikki Haley sent a recorded greeting to employees of Blackbaud as the company announced a $154 million dollar investment in a new headquarters and hundreds of new jobs.
"It's a great day in South Carolina. Congratulations."
Mike Gianoni is Blackbaud's President and CEO. "This is a very big announcement for Blackbaud. We're sort of doubling down on our commitment here. We're growing very fast as a company. And this is a very very large announcement for us."
About 1500 of Blackbaud's employees now work for Blackbaud in Charleston. They are looking for those 300 new jobs in many different positions. "It's not just engineering. A lot of times people think about software companies hiring and they think it's only engineers, but given this is corporate headquarters, it's pretty much every department."
Berkeley County Director of Economic Development Barry Jurs says this is just the latest company to announce new business or expansions in Berkeley County. "We have had a very nice opportunity to talk about the growth that's going on and the excitement of new businesses trying to come to the area several times."
At least 21 times since Jan. of 2015, announcements like this of new or expanded development in Berkeley County have taken place. Volvo, Blackbaud, Roper St. Francis and Benefitfocus are some of the biggest announcements. In total, well over $1 billion in investments and more than 4,000 jobs have been added in Berkeley County.
Supervisor Bill Peagler said, "This is new money coming to Berkeley County. New opportunities for people to work. New opportunities to improve their quality of life. And that's what we want for Berkeley County."
Berkeley County officials tell us they have significant economic development announcements to make in the next few weeks.
Supervisor Peagler says the county did give Blackbaud a fee in lieu of taxes agreement, but he could not provide details on that deal.
You can read more at the press release below:
Blackbaud is expanding its existing world headquarters operations in Berkeley County. The project is expected to create 300 new jobs over the next five years.
Founded in 1981, Blackbaud serves the nonprofit, charitable giving, corporate social responsibility and education communities. The company offers a full spectrum of cloud and on-premise solutions, as well as a resource network that empowers and connects organizations of all sizes. Using Blackbaud technology, these organizations raise, invest, manage and award more than $100 billion each year. With approximately 35,000 customers in 60 countries, Blackbaud operates facilities in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
In an effort to expand its already robust corporate headquarters in Berkeley County, Blackbaud is moving into a larger estimated 360,000-square-foot facility on Daniel Island. Expected to be completed in phases, phase one of the new facility will be located at the intersection of Fairchild Street and Central Island Street, while phase two will be located at the intersection of River Landing Drive and Fairchild Street.
With construction of phase one anticipated for completion in 2018, Blackbaud is actively recruiting new staff and expects new positions to be added as the project progresses. Those interested in joining the Blackbaud team should visit the company's careers page online. For more information on Blackbaud, visit www.blackbaud.com.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to the project.