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College of Charleston’s School of Business gets big boost with new partnership

 

The New York-based independent wealth management firm GM Advisory Group has announced its financial support for a partnership between the College of Charleston School of Business and Barron’s Group, a financial news publisher owned by Dow Jones & Company. The two-year partnership, run through the Barron’s in Education Program, will provide students and faculty with…

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United Community Bank strengthens community banking operations with addition of Keri Wise

 

United Community Bank has announced the addition of Keri Wise as Head of Retail Sales as part of their community banking leadership team. In this newly created role, Wise will support more than 140 branches across four states with training and strategic guidance related to sales and service, employee satisfaction, and retail policies and operations.…

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Spartanburg Community College President Henry C. Giles, Jr., announces retirement

 

Spartanburg Community College President Henry C. Giles, Jr., announced his retirement at the January meeting of the Spartanburg County Commission for Technical and Community Education, effective June 30, 2020. For the past 56 years, SCC has been a driving force in Upstate economic and workforce development initiatives, educating thousands of students of all ages and…

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South State and CenterState to combine in merger of equals to create leading southeast regional bank

 

Merger Creates the 8th Largest Bank Headquartered in the Southeast WINTER HAVEN, FL & COLUMBIA, SC – CenterState Bank Corporation, the parent company of CenterState Bank, and South State Corporation, the parent company of South State Bank, jointly announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which the companies will combine in an…

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SCPA seeks buyer for Daniel Island property

 

S.C. Ports Authority is selling an approximate 106-acre property on Daniel Island. The land, identified as the North Island Tract, is situated between Seven Farms Drive and the Cooper River. It sits within Berkeley County and the city of Charleston. S.C. Ports Authority has worked in recent years to sell real estate that does not support…

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UofSC unveils innovative ‘library of the future’

 

This week, the University of South Carolina students unveiled an innovative study and collaborative workspace on Level 4 of the Thomas Cooper Library — the long-standing favorite place to study on campus. The newly renovated space, called “the library of the future” has new-to-the-market collaborative technology pods — glass-walled, temperature-controlled spaces with large, interactive monitors where…

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State of the State Address – January 2020

 

As Prepared for Delivery by Governor Henry McMaster Wednesday, January 22, 2020 The State House, Columbia, S.C.   Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen of the General Assembly, constitutional officers, my fellow South Carolinians: I begin tonight by recognizing those South Carolinians in uniform no longer with us – who gave their lives in…

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Choate Construction names Matt Brewer as President, announces two leadership appointments in Charleston market

 

Choate Construction Company announced it has appointed Matt Brewer as President.  He will add depth to Choate’s executive team, supporting Chief Executive Officer Dave Priester in executing the Company’s long-term strategy, culture, and tactical operations. Additional executive appointments name Tim Heichelbech as Division Manager and Tim McIntosh as Director of Operations, both in Charleston. Previously…

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Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) selects Magnus to develop 500 acres of commercial and industrial property

 

Magnus Development Partners has been chosen as the Master Developer for Columbia Metropolitan Airport’s surrounding property. Magnus will work with CAE to determine the highest and best use for each property and create supporting development plans for the available land parcels. Each parcel offers unique features based on its size, configuration, location, and zoning therefore…

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City of Charleston breaks ground on Municipal Golf Course renovation

 

  On January 17, 2020, Mayor John Tecklenburg, Golf Course Architect Troy Miller, representatives of Friends of the Muni, members of City Council and the Municipal Golf Course Commission, and community leaders broke ground on the Charleston Municipal Golf Course Renovation, the first major upgrade to the course in nearly six decades. The renovation of…

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Prisma Health plans further restructuring to streamline operations, position for future growth

 

Prisma Health officials announced that they are taking additional measures to improve operating efficiencies and streamline the organization. Prisma Health is eliminating 327 staff from a workforce of 32,000. Since October 1, management has already eliminated 200 positions through attrition, vacancies and consolidation, for a total of 527 positions. The 327 team members will be…

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South Carolina Federal names new Chief Operating Officer and Senior VP of Lending

 

South Carolina Federal Credit Union has named a new Chief Operating Officer and added an employee to its senior management team. Trey Gantt has been promoted to Chief Operations Officer, and David Dulaney to Senior Vice President of Lending Services. Gantt most recently served as the SVP of Lending Services and has been with the…

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First Reliance Bank to concentrate resources on Mount Pleasant branch as sole location for the Charleston market

 

In concert with a banking industry trend to concentrate resources on its strongest branch locations, First Reliance Bank has announced that effective May of 2020, it will service the Charleston market entirely from its Mount Pleasant branch. The employees and resources currently at the downtown Charleston location will be redeployed to its thriving Mount Pleasant…

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Presbyterian Communities of SC names new CEO

 

Former Pastor & Businessman to Lead Presbyterian Communities of SC; Rev. Dr. Franklin Fant to Assume Role June 1 After conducting a national CEO search, the Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina (“PCSC”) Board of Trustees has selected Rev. Dr. Franklin Fant as the incoming PCSC President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective June 1, 2020. “Franklin…

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Optimized Armor, Inc. establishing new operations in York County

 

More Than $3.7 Million Investment Creating 100 New Jobs Optimized Armor, Inc., an industry-leading armor steel supplier, announced plans to establish operations in York County. The more than $3.7 million investment is expected to create 100 new jobs. Founded in 2019, Optimized Armor, Inc. provides armored steel to a variety of industries, including defense and security,…

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2019 “One of Greenville County’s best years ever” for economic development

 

County enjoys near-record successes in new job announcements, capital investment, diversity of industry segments attracted, and projects completed, officials report They came from China, Scotland, the Netherlands and Japan. The key decisions were made in board rooms from Minnesota to Miami, and many points in between. They serve industries from agriculture to aerospace, and from…

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Grimmage to receive MLK Humanitarian Award

 

The Black History Intercollegiate Consortium (BHIC) – comprised of the College of Charleston, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), The Citadel, Trident Technical College and Charleston Southern University – will honor Kenyatta Grimmage, associate director for access initiatives and pre-college programs in the College of Charleston Office of Admissions, at its 30th annual Martin Luther King,…

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Citadel to create a South Carolina CyberCorps with $2.8 million grant

 

The Citadel, dedicated to training America’s cyber warriors, will harness a new $2.8 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to create the state’s first CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS) program. It is the largest grant The Citadel has earned to date. The CyberCorps SFS program at The Citadel is linked with the national CyberCorps: Scholarship for…

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Ogletree Deakins names new Chief Operating Officer

 

Ogletree Deakins, one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management, announced that the firm has named Lisa Ellis-James as its Chief Operating Officer. Ellis-James, who will be based in Ogletree Deakins’ Greenville administrative office, joins the firm from The Boston Consulting Group, where she served as Senior Director, Global Operational Innovations, and…

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Mayor Tecklenburg’s Inaugural Address 2020

 

The following Inaugural Address was prepared for delivery by Mayor John J. Tecklenburg on January 13, 2020 at 12 p.m.  Judge Gergel, Judge Rico Flores, members of City Council, invited guests and fellow Charlestonians: It is an honor to be with you here today, and to take this oath of service to our citizens once…

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SC Chamber of Commerce unveils 2020 Competitiveness Agenda

 

Creating a Competitive Tax Code and a Workforce for the Future Among Highlighted Priorities The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce (SC Chamber) announced the release of its 2020 Competitiveness Agenda today in advance of the 2020 legislative session starting tomorrow. The Competitiveness Agenda, developed annually, consists of initiatives impacting job creators and businesses from industry…

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Girl Scouts of South Carolina-Mountains to Midlands names Lora Tucker as new Chief Executive Officer

 

Girl Scouts of South Carolina Mountains to Midlands has appointed Lora Tucker as the organization’s next Chief Executive Officer. Tucker is a lifelong Girl Scout and Gold Award Girl Scout.  She served as the CEO of Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana and as a council consultant to Girl Scouts of the USA.  Most recently Tucker was…

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The Pete Store breaks ground on new South Carolina facility

 

The Pete Store, LLC announced that construction is underway on a new 40,000 sq.ft. facility located in West Columbia, SC. Located on 11 acres just off I-26 at Exit 119, the dealership will feature 19 air-conditioned service bays and increase parts warehouse space by 300%. “We first opened our doors in Columbia 10 years ago,…

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College of Charleston prepares to celebrate 250th anniversary in 2020

 

The College of Charleston will celebrate its 250th anniversary in 2020 with a yearlong schedule of events and projects aimed at highlighting the university’s storied and complex history while also looking ahead to its bright future under the leadership of a new president. The College, whose founding in 1770 predates the United States of America, is planning…

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Spoleto Festival 2020

 

General Director Nigel Redden announced details of the 44th season of Spoleto Festival USA, taking place May 22 – June 7, 2020, in Charleston, South Carolina. For 17 days and nights, a variety of artists fill the city’s theaters, churches, and outdoor spaces with wide-ranging performances and concerts. “As Charleston celebrates the 350th anniversary of…

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Bank of America Fall for Greenville donates festival proceeds to local nonprofit organizations

 

Bank of America Fall for Greenville board members and event partners presented $38,600 to 12 nonprofit organizations from the local community and recognized the efforts of those organizations that committed substantial volunteer hours over the course of the three-day event. All funds donated came from the 2019 festival held last October. Local charities receiving event…

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Wade Allen is named president of Lee & Associates Charleston

 

Senior real estate leader in the office, retail, industrial, and institutional sectors brings over 35 years of commercial real estate experience Wade Allen, a senior executive with over 35 years of domestic and international experience in the real estate industry, has been named president of the Charleston, SC office of Lee & Associates. Mr. Allen…

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SCRA announces appointment of Lou Kennedy to Board’s Executive Committee

 

SCRA, a public, nonprofit corporation chartered to grow South Carolina’s innovation economy and foster job creation, announced the appointment by Gov. Henry McMaster of Lou Kennedy to the SCRA Board of Trustees’ Executive Committee. The nine-member group is comprised of the presidents of Clemson University, the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina,…

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Congress, President Trump approve $138 million for Charleston Harbor Deepening Project

 

On December 20, the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project reached a monumental milestone with President Donald Trump signing the FY2020 Energy and Water Appropriations bill into law, officially greenlighting $138 million for the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project. President Trump included the $138 million in the President’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget earlier this year, making the project eligible for…

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Clemson University names David Clayton Executive Director of the International Center for Automotive Research

 

David Clayton has been appointed as the Executive Director for the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR), after serving in an interim capacity for the last six months. Clayton, who joined the University in November of 2018, also serves as assistant vice president in the Office of Corporate Partnerships and Strategic Initiatives. In his expanded role, he…

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2019 BIA award winners

 

Members of the Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina (BIA) voted for their choice of nominees for the Byron Crosthwaite Builder Member of the Year Award and the Associate Member of the Year Award. Sponsored by Movement Mortgage, The Builder Member of the Year is John Covert of Covert Homes, LLC. Covert is a…

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Chief Ken Miller resigns

 

The City and Chief Ken Miller have had ongoing discussions in the days following issuance of the First Circuit Solicitor’s December 17, 2019 memorandum to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. These discussions have focused on the importance of preserving public trust and confidence in the Greenville Police Department and the shared desire to enable…

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Kim Clijsters joins Volvo Car Open field

 

Clijsters retired from professional tennis after the 2012 US Open and will make her comeback in 2020 Former World No. 1 Kim Clijsters will compete in the 2020 Volvo Car Open, April 4 – 12 on Daniel Island in Charleston, SC. The 2020 tournament will mark her Volvo Car Open debut. Clijsters is a four-time Grand…

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Sea Pro Boats, LLC expanding operations in Fairfield County

 

More Than $3 Million Investment Creating 135 New Jobs Sea Pro Boats, LLC, a saltwater fishing boat manufacturer, announced plans to expand operations in Fairfield County. The more than $3 million investment is expected to create 135 new jobs. For more than 30 years, the company has manufactured center console fishing boats. “We couldn’t be…

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Alorica expanding operations in Charleston County

 

$1.2 million Investment Will Create More Than 300 New Jobs Alorica announced plans to expand its current operations in Charleston County. The $1.2 million investment will create more than 300 new jobs. Alorica is a global leader in customer experience solutions With 20 years in business, the people-first company is known for its strength and…

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Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry receives $100,000 donation from Dominion Energy

 

The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry (CML) announced a $100,000 donation from Dominion Energy to provide funding for a new installation coming to the museum. Circuits!, an exhibit that will allow children to explore, build and discover how circuits power everyday objects, will be located in the museum’s new makerspace, which will be the first…

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Governor McMaster appoints Richard Cohn, Sr. as Chair of SCETV

 

Governor Henry McMaster has announced that Richard Cohn, Chairman of Cohn Corporation, will serve as the Chair of South Carolina Educational Television Commission (SCETV). As Chair of SCETV Commission, Rick will oversee the commission in the planning of SCETV for the upcoming year. His term began on began on Dec. 11 and will expire on…

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Custom Profile establishing operations in Kershaw County

 

$1.7 Million Investment to Create 70 New Jobs Custom Profile, a manufacturer and supplier of plastic profile extrusions, announced plans to establish operations in Kershaw County. The company’s $1.7 million investment is projected to create 70 new jobs. Since 1992, Custom Profile has specialized in extruded plastic products for everyday appliances, as well as products…

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Global Lending Services LLC expanding operations in Greenville County

 

Global Lending Services LLC (GLS), an automotive lending company, today announced plans to expand its current operations in Greenville County. The more than $4.2 million investment is expected to create 669 new jobs. Founded in 2011, GLS provides consumer financing for the purchase of new and used vehicles at more than 12,000 automotive dealerships that service…

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Alcami Corporation expanding operations in Charleston County

 

$17 Million Investment to Create 30 New Jobs Alcami Corporation, a leading provider of fully-integrated custom end-to-end solutions for the pharmaceutical and biologics industries, today announced plans to expand the company’s current operations in Charleston County. The $17 million investment is expected to create 30 new jobs. Operating in North Charleston since 2001, Alcami offers…

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AnMed Health CEO announces retirement after 39-year career

 

AnMed Health Chief Executive Officer Bill Manson has announced plans to retire in July 2020. Manson joined the organization’s leadership team in 1981, serving in a number of roles throughout his tenure. After providing executive oversight of the health system’s operations for 16 years, he took over as CEO of Anderson’s largest employer in 2015.…

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Palmetto Pedic establishing operations in Cherokee County

 

$8.5 million investment will create more than 60 new jobs Palmetto Pedic, a mattress manufacturing company, announced plans to establish operations in Cherokee County. The $8.5 million investment is expected to create more than 60 new jobs. Founded in 2018 as a joint venture between industry veterans from the U.S. and China, Palmetto Pedic will…

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Lowcountry leaders become Riley Diversity Fellows

 

The Riley Institute at Furman has announced that 41 leaders from the Lowcountry and surrounding area have completed the Institute’s Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI) class. DLI class members are identified through a rigorous process including nomination, application and interview.  Individuals are selected to join the class based on their capacity to impact their organizations and…

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Kemira expanding operations in Richland County

 

Company Investing $20 Million into Project Kemira, a global chemicals company, announced plans to expand operations in Richland County, investing $20 million into the project. Founded in 1920 and headquartered in Finland, Kemira has more than 4,900 employees worldwide. The company utilizes chemistry to add optimal quality; functionality and strength to paper and board products; ensure…

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COO Kevin Blair appointed Synovus president

 

Synovus Financial Corp. announced Kevin Blair as president, effectively immediately. He will continue in his role as chief operating officer (COO), reporting directly to Synovus Chairman and CEO Kessel Stelling. Blair previously served as the company’s chief financial officer (CFO) and was promoted to COO in December 2018. As president and COO, Blair will continue…

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Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation expanding Cherokee County operations

 

More than $13.9 million investment will create 193 new jobs Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC), a leading manufacturer of premium vehicle chassis, announced plans to expand operations in Cherokee County. The more than $13.9 million investment is expected to create 193 new jobs. Established in 1995, FCCC is a division of Daimler Trucks North America…

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Columbia Chamber opens new headquarters

 

Move to Main Street District planned for early 2020 For over 30 years, the Columbia Chamber has conducted business from 930 Richland Street which was a structure originally built in 1969 as the headquarters for the New South Life Insurance Company. In early 2020, the Chamber will move to the thriving Main Street district which…

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CERRA releases 2019-20 SC Annual Educator Supply and Demand Report

 

The Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement (CERRA) has released its 2019-20 South Carolina (SC) Annual Educator Supply and Demand Report. The main purpose of this survey is to collect data on SC public school teachers entering the profession, those leaving their classrooms, and the number of vacant positions at the beginning of each school…

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ADC Engineering, Inc. and RB Todd Engineering Consultants announce merger

 

Two South Carolina firms, ADC Engineering, Inc. and RB Todd Engineering Consultants are merging to better serve their clients. The merger between ADC, a firm that offers civil, structural and aviation engineering and landscape architecture services from offices in Charleston, Columbia and Greenville and RB Todd, a civil engineering firm in Columbia, South Carolina will…

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Deputy Chief of US Attorney’s Office in SC forming private practice

 

Andy Moorman, a Deputy Chief of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina, is going into private practice on December 16th. His practice will focus on criminal cases including drug conspiracy, white collar offenses, firearms offenses, DUIs, traffic offenses, property crimes and murder; civil cases including car wrecks, truck accidents, qui…

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