Clients in the News

 

We have been beyond busy this past week with scoring some major national media hits as well as dominating on the local news angle.

 

The Southern Connector was in the Greenville Business Magazine and the Upstate Business Journal.

We got some news for Carolina Prep.

The Old Cigar Warehouse was in the Greenville News

 

The 2014 Hope Award has garnered press in Walla Walla, Michigan papers, Michigan television, and many more spots here, here and here.
And, of course, we have had a lot of media on the Roads Referendum: Greenville Business Magazine, GBM, numerous stories in the Greenville News, here, here, here and here. WSPA did this piece, WYFF did this. And the Greenville Journal had this.

Lunch and Learn to aid VSF

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What: Former U.S. Marine Corps Captain John Warren will discuss counter-insurgency and the tactics needed to defeat ISIS. This event also serves as a fundraiser for Veterans Scholarships Forever.

When: Monday, November 3 at 12 p.m.

Where: The Commerce Club, 55 Beattie Place, Floor 17, Greenville, S.C. 29601

Who: Captain John Warren, USMC (Ret), a member of the 3rd battalion, 8th Marines that entered Ramadi, Iraq in 2006. He was decorated for heroism in combat and speaks from experience on counter-insurgency and leadership. This lunch is a part of a Lunch and Learn series at the Commerce Cub honoring those who have served our country.

Why: Every year, 170,000 U.S. troops leave the military and re-enter civilian life; many of them struggle to transition into a career path. Of our nation’s 22 million veterans, roughly 722,000 are looking for work. Veterans Scholarships Forever is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the goal to help Veterans transition back to civilian life quickly and successfully. Learn more at http://www.scholarshipsforever.org.

Results from the Woodlands at Furman Challenge

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GREENVILLE, S.C. – Almost 40 seniors took part in the Spinx Runfest over the weekend as the Woodlands at Furman moves into the final stages of the racing season.

Tina Jonker of Simpsonville was the overall points leaders on the women’s side followed by Darlene Knight in second and Susan Phillips and Benita Auge tied for third. Bobby Chandler of Central paced the men’s side followed by Bill Beckwith and Lee Cook.

The women’s side was paced by Monika Wells of Greer followed by Phyllis Tunnacliff with Sandra Bever and Joy Bailey tied for third. For the year, Octavia Childress is the leader followed by Anne Brooks, Joy Bailey, Margery Brett and Monika Wells.

The Woodlands at Furman Challenge was started in 2011 in conjunction with the Greenville Track Club as a way to promote physical fitness amongst Upstate residents age 65 and older. Points are awarded using a formula that takes in both race finish as well as the age of the competitor.

The Woodlands is sponsoring the Challenge because of its commitment to healthy senior living in the Upstate. It is a Life Care community that added Masterpiece Living, which assists visionary communities who are already leading the industry with their wellness commitment, to become places where residents and staff alike seek to better themselves.

About The Woodlands at Furman:

The Woodlands at Furman is a premier non-profit continuing care retirement community owned and operated by a local board of directors and managed professionally by Greystone. The 22-acre campus is located on the Swamp Rabbit Trail adjacent to Furman University. It offers all four level of continuing care housing with the added financial assurance of Life Care. Residents enjoy a wide range of amenities – enabling them to continue an active and engaged lifestyle. For more information, please visit www.thewoodlandsatfurman.org.

 

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Mayor White sees referendum as next step in Greenville’s growth

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GREENVILLE, S.C. – Fixing Greenville’s infrastructure is the necessary next step in the county’s growth, Greenville Mayor Knox White stated today.

Greenville County citizens are being asked to consider a one-percent sales tax increase to fund needed road and infrastructure improvements across the county. White stated that it is a small price to pay for the great benefits the referendum will bring to our community.

Those benefits include:

  • 1,209 miles of roads repaved.
  • 75 roads and intersections widened or improved.
  • 23 bridges rehabilitated.
  • 100 sidewalks expanded and improved – especially around schools.
  • Voting no means nothing will change, cars will depreciate faster and require more repair, and Columbia will still charge for taxes with no intention of helping Greenville.

Butch Kirven, former County Council Chairman, and Lisa Stevens, Chair of the Citizens Roads Advisory Commission, also spoke about the need for action to create better, safer roads now.

“The reality of the situation is this: People can talk all they want, but while we’ve been talking for years about the solution, our roads have continued to deteriorate and become exponentially more unsafe,” said Stevens.

“Greenville County finally has a tangible plan that is based on action, not talk. It’s based on results, not the blame game. “

The one-cent sales tax referendum is limited to a period of eight years, and will fund needed road and infrastructure improvement projects including road resurfacing, intersection improvements, bridge improvements, and sidewalks around schools. Citizens for a Better Greenville lists safety, economic development, quality of life and monetary control of roads funding as key reasons to pass the referendum.

About The Citizens for a Better Greenville County:

The Citizens for a Better Greenville County is a local initiative to allow all Greenville residents the opportunity to decide the best way to fund infrastructure improvements county wide. Learn more at http://www.bettergreenvilleroads.com.

 

Southern Connector posts significant traffic, revenue gains in third quarter

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GREENVILLE, S.C. — Officials with the Southern Connector released data today showing traffic on the 16-mile toll road spanning Greenville County increased 9 percent in the third quarter of 2014 over the same period last year.

There were 1,349,090 transactions, which was an increase of 111,946. In addition, revenue increased 9 percent ($165,301) for $1,994,050 collected when compared to the same time frame last year.

For the first three quarters of 2014, traffic has increased 10.4 percent (355,429) to 3,790,547 and revenue has increased 8.6 percent ($438,515) to $5,570,136.

About the Southern Connector:

The 16-mile Southern Connector was opened in 2001, almost nine months ahead of schedule and under budget. The road was built with private money through a unique public-private partnership. No tax money was used for construction of the road, but the state owns the highway, while the Association has the right to collect and retain tolls under a license from the state through 2051. Go to www.southernconnector.com for more information.

Former State Tax Commissioner addresses need for referendum

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GREENVILLE, S.C. – Member of the group that helped create the plan for the November Roads Referendum addressed some of the recent false statements made about the proposed project.

The Greenville County Citizens Roads Advisory Commission’s goal was to engage the community on what needs to be done with infrastructure in our county. That included finding the best long-term solution to highways, roads, streets, bridges and sidewalks in Greenville. The group was appointed by County Council members.

The group’s report is the basis of the November referendum. The one-cent sales tax referendum is limited to a period of eight years, and will fund needed road and infrastructure improvement projects including road resurfacing, intersection improvements, bridge improvements, and sidewalks around schools. The group lists safety, economic development, quality of life and monetary control of roads funding as key reasons to pass the referendum.

However, some in the community have been confused by a section of the ordinance about what County Council can do with the funds. Hunter Howard, a member of the Advisory Commission  who is a certified public accountant and a former state tax commissioner, said the money can only be used for projects on the referendum list.

“These projects can’t be completed all at once, and this section was included to ensure that taxpayer money would continue to be spent in a responsible, efficient manner over the course of the eight-year tax. When you’re projecting what’s going to happen in the next eight years, you have to allow for some unforeseen circumstances,” he said.

“It does NOT allow Council to transfer money in or out of the budget specifically designated for these projects.”

Lisa Stevens, the Advisory Commission’s chairperson, said the group worked tirelessly for several months to make sure the projects on the list represent every part of the county.

 

“Some of the projects listed on the referendum have been on repair lists for over a decade, and it’s only through this local leadership initiative that these roads finally have the opportunity to be fixed,” she said.

Some of the facts and realities of the November 4 referendum are:

  • 1,209 miles of roads will be repaved.
  • 75 roads and intersections will be widened or improved.
  • 23 bridges will be rehabilitated.
  • 100 sidewalks will be expanded and improved – especially around schools.
  • Voting no means nothing will change, cars will depreciate faster and require more repair, and Columbia will still charge for taxes with no intention of helping Greenville.

“Greenville County has a history and reputation of good leadership, and that’s only because we have a history of good leaders,” Stevens said.  “We have been a state leader in economic development, and now we have the opportunity to be leaders in infrastructure.”

About The Citizens for a Better Greenville County:

The Citizens for a Better Greenville County is a local initiative to allow all Greenville residents the opportunity to decide the best way to fund infrastructure improvements county wide. Learn more at http://www.bettergreenvilleroads.com.

 

Citizens to address Roads Referendum

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Citizens Advisory Committee to address November Roads Referendum

 

What: A discussion to clear up misconceptions about the roads including a former director of the state revenue department discussing what projects County Council can spend money on.

When: Tuesday, October 28, at 11:30 a.m.

Where: County Square, 301 University Ridge, Greenville S.C.

Who: Members of the Citizens Advisory Committee that helped put together the plan that is being vote on November 4. This group was selected by County Council members to represent all municipalities in Greenville as well as the 12 council districts.

Why: The Citizens for a Better Greenville County is a local initiative to allow all Greenville residents the opportunity to decide the best way to fund infrastructure improvements county wide. Learn more at http://www.bettergreenvilleroads.com.