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Boeing expansion to impact community for years to come

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It's a step that will change the footprint of the Charleston community.

"That's the most exciting part of the whole thing," said Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce President Bryan Derreberry.

An exciting announcement from Boeing Tuesday revealed the company would add 2,000 jobs over the next eight years.

Derreberry says it will change the community dramatically by 2020.

"It's just a great opportunity for us to be able to think about what Charleston will be able to do with the quality of jobs that we offer, the different business sectors as they grow," he explained.

When asked if Charleston is ready for Boeing's expansion and its impact, Derreberry said we're always ready for job growth.

"Your question is really important though," he said, "when you think about the quality of our infrastructure, the quality of our education system, the quality of what will be needed by these people that come here. So as we move more and more on a global stage, all those key assets and resources become more important."

Real estate agents are also ready for the influx.

"Gosh, we have a lot of multi-family housing being created all over the Lowcountry," said Century 21 Sales Manager Cathy Waddell Cox.

But the change may not come all at once. Cox says when they first announced the Boeing plant, a lot of people expected the onslaught of people would mean a great deal to the housing market.

"And certainly it did," she said, "but again, all of the people will not come at one time."

Cox calls the impact a trickle-down effect, but one that will impact all sectors of both the local and state economy for years to come.

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