The E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration at Coastal Carolina University, one of the leading business colleges in the southern United States, has announced the establishment of a new hub for real estate and economic data.

The center, which was recently named the Grant Center for Real Estate and Economic Development, will serve as a bridge between the University and the wider business community, with a focus on international property development, finance and investment.

The Myrtle Beach metropolitan region, known as the Grand Strand, is one of the fastest-growing areas in the USA for the hospitality industry, leisure-based housing projects, golf and retirement. It has become a major tourist attraction along the southeastern coast, attracting more than 14 million visitors each season.

The Wall College of Business currently has numerous partnerships with other business schools throughout the world, and the new center is intended to introduce a focused study of the international real estate market and economic trends relevant to all categories of commercial, industrial and residential property. It will serve local, national and global organizations in the private and public sectors.

“The opportunities afforded by the Grant Center will not only assist in attracting and retaining the highest caliber of students, but will also contribute to Coastal Carolina University’s reputation for preparing tomorrow’s leaders in the global marketplace,” said Barbara Ritter, Ph.D., dean of the Wall College of Business.

The Wall College of Business has more than 2,000 undergraduate students across six degree programs, 90 graduate (master of business administration and master of accountancy) students and more than 8,000 alumni around the world.