According to a report in the Greenville Journal on December 31, 2010, the Upstate is in the heart of what is projected to be the fastest growing region in the country in the next 40 years.

The Piedmont Atlantic Mega Region, which stretches from Atlanta to Charlotte, “is expected to account for half the nation’s population growth and two thirds of its economic growth through 2050.” The projection is according to studies by Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech.