Recently, the Upstate Alliance interviewed Nexsen Pruet's Morgan Crapps, a member of its Global Competitiveness Council Steering Committee and the leader of the Council’s Global Leadership group.
According to the Upstate Alliance, the Global Competitiveness Council focuses on four areas: Middle Market Outreach, Talent Strategies, Materials Innovation and Global Leadership. The council is working towards incremental goals "aimed at growing our region's competitiveness."
Why did you decide to become involved with the Global Competitiveness Council?
I’ve always really enjoyed recruiting alongside the Upstate Alliance, and the UA is a great ally of Nexsen Pruet’s. I’ve followed the work of the Global Cities Initiative for a few years now, and I think the program is fascinating and important. Economic Development as we know it is changing – things like exports, mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, and global partnerships are becoming increasingly significant. I think that this program has a unique opportunity to strategize and influence the future of economic development activities in the Upstate, especially as it pertains to attracting foreign direct investment. When I was asked to serve on the Steering Committee as the Global Leadership Group Leader, I jumped at the chance.
How does your job relate to the objectives of the Global Competitiveness Council?
The Upstate Alliance is doing a fantastic job of identifying areas of opportunity – not just for counties or municipalities in the region when it comes to investment attraction, but also for existing companies and executives in the Upstate. In my role, I work every day with companies of all shapes and sizes – many of them are international. All of these clients face unique challenges and opportunities – especially those coming from other parts of the world. Through the work of the Global Competitiveness Council, I have the ability to influence the level of satisfaction that my clients have in South Carolina and help to turn things that could have been challenges into opportunities for that company’s growth.
In the end, when a middle market company realizes they can start selling goods internationally and receive export incentive assistance to do so, or an executive who moved from across the globe sees that there are programs in place to help their family acclimate to living in the Upstate, or a growing company sees that we’re willing to open our arms to a delegation of their suppliers to show them what the Upstate has to offer, or a corporate leader learns that the Upstate is home to world-class universities with top talent who have the capabilities and desire to partner with them on cutting-edge research, they start talking about it and telling their friends and word gets out. Which turns the work we’re doing into a recruitment tool, which means more business for everybody.
is an attorney who focuses on assisting domestic and international companies with new investments and expansion projects in the Southeastern US. She is a member of Nexsen Pruet's Economic Development, Corporate and International Law teams. She can be reached at +1.803.540.2147 or via email at email@example.com