South Carolina slipping in tech-science rating

South Carolina slipping in tech-science rating

As economic development officials here and around the country increasingly intone the mantra of "high-paying high-tech jobs," a California think tank's ranking of the 50 states' technology- and science-friendliness says South Carolina is falling further behind.

According to the biennial State Technology and Science Index study published by the Milken Institute, South Carolina lost ground over the past two years, falling from No. 42 to No. 44. The state's index score of 35.94 was well below the 50-state average of 52.64, though it was significantly higher than the 27.48 registered by last-place Mississippi.

According to authors Ross DeVol, Rob Koepp and Junghoon Ki, the index "encapsulates a state's comprehensive inventory of technology and science assets that can be leveraged to promote economic development." The idea behind the study, they write, is that, "Measuring technology growth points to policymakers' and other stakeholders' effectiveness in transforming regional assets into regional prosperity."

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