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"Growing the U.S.-India Economic Relationship"

Nexsen Pruet's Morgan Crapps quoted on the growing relationship between India and the Carolinas

November 9, 2017

Recently, the Upstate Alliance posted an article on their blog about the economic relationship between the United States and India, a relationship that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called "a defining partnership for the 21st century." 

In South Carolina, this relationship has been highlighted by several trade missions to India in recent years, as well as the opening of the South Carolina Department of Commerce's India office. (Former) Governor Nikki Haley, now Ambassador Haley, participated in the 2014 delegation visit to India. 

Nexsen Pruet attorneys Morgan Crapps and Tushar Chikhliker have been a part of several South Carolina delegations to India, including the 2014 mission with Haley. Many of Crapps' observations on the relationship between the two countries are included in the Upstate Alliance's article. Below, please find a selection of highlights from Crapps

An excerpt:

Making Business the Mission

“There is such an opportunity in the Upstate for companies relocating their facilities,” Morgan Crapps, an attorney with Nexsen Pruet who focuses her practice on economic development projects, said. “If you’re looking to move into the American market, South Carolina is a great place to do it. We have a low cost of doing business; everything from electricity to land to labor can be less than in other areas. We have workforce training programs that benefit such companies as well. For projects where companies are already exporting heavily in the United States, it can make sense to relocate production here; sometimes we also see companies pursuing a move if their clients require them to be closer.” 

Crapps, who focuses on bringing investment into the state, says “there are lots of projects that are coming from India to the Southeast, and we are right on the tip of hopefully seeing a lot of activity. There are many projects in the works right now, and more Indian companies who are very seriously looking at operations here. South Carolina has been lucky to leverage (former) Gov. Haley’s leadership and connections within India; it has opened doors for our businesses to expand and our economy to grow.”  

For a more in-depth look at some of Crapps' insight on the U.S.-India economic relationship, visit the Upstate Alliance's webpage

Morgan Crapps 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

Tushar Chikhliker focuses his practice on economic development and public finance where he assists his clients in negotiating and implementing financial transactions aimed at sparking new success, or bolstering established success, in the South Carolina communities where they choose to invest.  Tushar chairs Nexsen Pruet’s Diversity Committee and Recruiting and Retention Committee. He can be reached at 803.540.2188 or via email at