Business & Financial Services
In 2014 the Lash Group, a subsidiary of AmerisourceBergen, and LPL Financial announced the relocation of their respective corporate headquarters and east coast operations to Kingsley in Fort Mill. Combined, over 5,000 jobs were announced, validating York County as a prime location in the Charlotte region for corporate back office and headquarter operations. Today both LPL and the Lash Group have moved into their new Fort Mill homes and are already planning significant expansions.
Recently, York County led the nation in job gains fueled by growth in the professional and business services sector. See the story here.
LPL Financial and Lash understand that the business climate, workforce, recreational amenities, great neighborhoods, and outstanding public schools in York County make it an excellent location for corporate back office and headquarter projects. Corporate Class A office parks like Kingsley in Fort Mill provide workers with the amenities they seek while mixed-use developments with ultra-high speed gigabit internet service like Knowledge Park in downtown Rock Hill provide locations for start-up companies to thrive.
In addition to LPL Financial and the Lash Group, Wells Fargo and Citi Financial have sizable operations in York County. One Main Holdings recently announced 175 new jobs in 2016. In total, employment in this sector has grown by over 40% in York County since 2012.
% Employment Change ('12 - '15)
Source: Chmura Economics, JobsEQ; 2015
Home to two research institutions and 16 technical colleges, the Charlotte region and South Carolina offer a wealth of training programs and industry resources.
Winthrop is a public, comprehensive university that is committed to be among the very best institutions of our kind in the nation. Winthrop has an enrollment of 6,031 undergraduate and graduate students. Through an educational experience that blends liberal arts, professional programs, global awareness and civic engagement, Winthrop helps students develop the knowledge, skills, and values that will enrich their lives and prepare them for the future. Winthrop has an average freshman retention rate of 75% and a 4-year graduation rate of 36%. It has an overall graduation rate of 51.5%.
Winthrop University College of Business Administration
The Winthrop University College of Business Administration offers degree programs in accounting, finance, management, economics, and more. For the 2015-2016 academic year, 21% of graduating seniors graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business/marketing.
Winthrop is located in Rock Hill, SC.
USC Darla Moore School of Business
University of South Carolina is a public university with an enrollment of 32,972 and a 4-year graduation rate of 55%. The Moore School is best known for its outstanding leadership in international business education and research. It offers programs in accounting, economics, finance, international business, and more. There are currently 5,000 undergraduate and 800 postgraduate students enrolled in the Moore School alone. Its undergraduate major in international business and international master of business administration programs have both been ranked No. 1. It houses research centers including the Riegel & Emory Human Resource Center, the Center for Global Supply Chain and Process Management, and the Moore School’s Division of Research. It is the only educational institution in the southeast to serve as a Center for International Business and Education Research.
USC is approximately 1.5 hours from York County.
USC Lancaster is a public university. It offers associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and pre-baccalaureate fields of study to be completed elsewhere. Among business options, it offers an Associate in Science in Business, Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership, and pre-business administration fields of study which include accounting, business economics, and so forth. USC Lancaster has a total enrollment of 1,588 students.
USC Lancaster is about 30 minutes from York County.
York Tech Lancaster Program
York Tech shares an Associate Degree Nursing Program with USC Lancaster. It offers an AAS in nursing, gen tech-nursing (ADN and Practical), and a DAS in nursing.
UNCC Belk College of Business
UNC Charlotte is North Carolina's urban research university. Located in the state's largest metropolitan area, UNC Charlotte is among the fastest growing universities in the UNC System. The Belk College offers degrees in accounting, finance, economics, management, and more. It includes the Robert A. Niblock Student Center for Professional Development and the Women in Business Initiative. UNCC has a total enrollment of 27,983 and a 4-year graduation rate of 26%.
UNC Charlotte is approximately 50 minutes from York County.