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Upper King: Charleston’s next big thing.

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Business leaders reminding investors to take a look at upper King Street. Business leaders reminding investors to take a look at upper King Street.
The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce held an event Wednesday morning called Business in Your Backyard. It’s an event to help remind investors and business owners that when it comes to Charleston's downtown, there is still plenty of action.

Charleston's peninsula may be overlooked sometimes by investors, business owners or those looking for a trendy place to live with a community feel.  Those who want to give downtown a try probably think they are too late to the game and all the seats are taken, but there are still some prime parts of peninsula to go round. Bryan Derreberry, President and CEO of Charleston’s Metro Chamber of Commerce says upper King Street is ready for center-stage.

“We have such a vibrant downtown most metro areas would give their eyeteeth to have downtown, we have the best of both worlds.”

Derreberry says thoughtful management has created vibrant and healthy growth downtown. Businesses, tourists and residents are all blended together in the right way to keep it healthy and robust.  Now Charleston's charm is heading in a new direction—while the numbers can make it an easy sell to investors, Derreberry says he likes a different approach.

“Just walk it, just walk it. Walk it at noon, walk it at 3pm walk it at 9pm. As a business person making that kind of decision, think about what you're seeing, think about the uniqueness of the mix, the volume of human beings and the diversity of what's occurring there.”

So a piece of downtown is still not out of reach, it's actually-- “in your backyard.” And the future is now; those involved in commerce and what’s ahead have done their homework and the young professional wants a stroll in the city.

“We spend a lot of time studying 21 to 40-year olds because that's our future talent base and the reality for that age group is they want the density…When you have it all in one place for that age cohort that’s their sweet spot.” said Derreberry.

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