March 2019 Features

  • Newly Signed SC Law Allows For Hemp Program Expansion

    March 29, 2019

    South Carolina Governor Henry D. McMaster signed into law a bill which expands the number of growers who can participate in the state’s hemp program and the amount of acreage they can grow. The hemp program, administered by the South Carolina Department of Agriculture, and set forth by state law previously only allowed for 40 permits for up to 40 acres each to be issued in 2019.

  • Technology Employment Expands its Presence in the South Carolina Workforce

    March 27, 2019

    Technology-related employment in South Carolina grew by some 4,000 new jobs in 2018 and the tech sector increased its contribution to the state's economy, according to Cyberstates 2019, the definitive guide to national, state and metropolitan area tech sector and tech workforce analytics published annually by CompTIA, the leading technology industry association.

  • Ohio-based Tower Hill Specialty Expands To South Carolina

    March 25, 2019

    "Our targeted approach allows us to be nimble by adjusting coverage options and pricing to each region, based on the products that best fit that market," explains John Spritzky, Chief Underwriting Officer. "In South Carolina, we offer optional wind coverage in Zone 2. Our wide underwriting appetite includes all protection classes and allows for multiple claims."

  • SC Chamber Survey Shows Confidence in The Economy Remains Strong among SC Business Leaders

    March 22, 2019

    Over 93% have a positive outlook on the economy. Similarly, nearly half of businesses surveyed expect to add jobs and 67% expect to increase their company’s volume of sales over the next twelve months.

  • SC Ports Authority Reports Record February Volume, Deepening Included in President’s Budget

    March 21, 2019

    “A strong February contributed to the Port’s continued growth, with container volume nearly six percent ahead of our financial plan for the first eight months of our fiscal year.” - Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO.

  • Exclusive: South Carolina Metro Areas Gain in Educational Attainment

    March 18, 2019

    Brain drain? How about a “brain gain?” South Carolina’s workforce is becoming a more educated one – particularly in coastal communities. The State Science & Technology Institute recently examined U.S. Census Data for the 150 largest metro areas.

  • Why March Madness Costs Companies Billions Due to Employee Distraction and Poor Productivity

    March 18, 2019

    Recent statistics reveal that March Madness has become more popular than ever before, thanks in large part to the worldwide betting that takes place. Over 60 million people are expected to fill out brackets this year, with an estimated $10 million being put on the table. However, there is another cost which people may not expect: A downturn in employee productivity.

  • East Cooper Medical Center is South Carolina’s Only Hospital Recognized by IBM Watson Health as One of Nation’s 100 Top Hospitals

    March 15, 2019

    East Cooper Medical Center is pleased to announce that it has been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson Health. This study spotlights top-performing hospitals in the United States based on a balanced scorecard of publicly available clinical, operational and patient satisfaction metrics and data.

  • BMW Manufacturing Continues as Largest U.S. Automotive Exporter by Value

    March 15, 2019

    BMW exported 234,689 X models from its Spartanburg, SC, plant during 2018. About 81 percent of these Sports Activity Vehicles and Coupes were exported through the Port of Charleston with an export value of more than $8.4 billion, according to Commerce Department data. This confirms that the South Carolina factory is the leading U.S. automotive exporter by value.

  • UofSC Sets New Bar in U.S. News Graduate School Rankings

    March 14, 2019

    The new U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools publication released Tuesday (March 12) shows South Carolina now has 53 unique nationally ranked graduate programs — more than all the other colleges and universities in the state combined.

  • South Carolina Export Sales Top $34B in 2018, Achieve Ninth Consecutive Record Year

    March 08, 2019

    For the ninth consecutive year, the state of South Carolina set a record for total export sales in 2018. Gov. Henry McMaster, the S.C. Department of Commerce and the S.C. Ports Authority announced that the state’s 2018 export sales totaled $34.6 billion.

  • Spotlight: Real Estate Brokers Have Eyes on Booming Upstate Industrial Market

    March 07, 2019

    The industrial real estate market in South Carolina’s Upstate has been a stalwart for more than two decades, and it may be about to have a moment. “The Greenville-Spartanburg industrial market has always been a strong market, buoyed by a strong workforce and manufacturing base,” said David Feild, Colliers’ market president for Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson. “What makes 2019 different is the growth in our distribution sector.”

  • SCANA, SCE&G Announce Early Tender Results

    March 06, 2019

    As of 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on March 4, 2019 (the Early Tender Deadline), $1,744,456,000 aggregate principal amount of the SCE&G Waterfall Bonds and $522,083,000 aggregate principal amount of the SCANA Notes were validly tendered and not properly withdrawn in the Offers.

  • The Salvation Army Opens Playground Funded by Insurance Management Group and BlueCross BlueShield

    March 04, 2019

    The Salvation Army held the ribbon cutting ceremony and opening of their new playground on Tuesday, February 26. The playground was made possible by generous donations from Insurance Management Group and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.

  • Dominion Energy Increases Funding for Environmental Grants Available to SC Nonprofits, Schools

    March 04, 2019

    After recently merging with SCANA, Dominion Energy has increased funding of environmental grants in South Carolina. Eligible organizations can apply for the grants, which provide up to $1.5 million in areas across the Dominion Energy footprint, through April 30, 2019.

  • Attorney General Alan Wilson Announces Start of Wells Fargo Consumer Redress Review Program

    March 01, 2019

    “Wells Fargo had already set up programs to fix the problems it caused consumers, but some people got left out of that process,” Attorney General Wilson said. “This new redress review program will make sure that all Wells Fargo customers can get the help they need.”