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Complete Public Relations, a greenville public relations firm serving the Upstate doing pr in Greer, Easley, Spartanburg and Anderson

Building houses, building roads, building lives. It was that kind of week over here at Complete Public Relations.

First the houses. Did you see the story in the Greenville News about Habitat for Humanity of Greenville? Well, read it here as the latest Faith Build kicked off this week.  We also scored more coverage here.

What about roads? We got a lot to share as more work started on the massive 85-385 Gateway Project. Check out coverage on WYFF, WSPA, and an Associated Press story picked up by scores of media.

Now the lives. We helped Rebuild Upstate get some love in the media with this story by Angelia Davis n the Greenville News on a tool donation that came after this great non profit was robbed in December.

But wait, there is more. A promotion at ReWa scored this story in GSA Business while a new hire at Rebuild Upstate was picked up in UpstateBiz.

Wait to you see what we do next week!

Bottoms up Greenville!

Greenville, what’s in your glass?

Ok, that question is supposed to sound like the Capital One commercials and make you smile a little. But we do have a question to you that comes from one of our great partners, Liquid Catering. They are doing a survey on what Greenville and the rest of the Upstate is drinking when it goes to events.

You can take the survey here.

But before you click, here is why we think this is important information to share. Our region has shifted dramatically when it comes to the consumption of alcohol. It was less than 21 years ago (drinking age reference) that a person couldn’t buy alcohol on Sunday across the Upstate unless they were a member of a private club. Bars stopped serving promptly at midnight. Most bars served only a handful of beers on tap or in bottles. Liquor was served in mini-bottles that most people associated with airlines. It was a different place.

Now, the vast majority of cities allow Sunday alcohol sales either over the bar or over the counter. That has changed our economic scene. There are scores of breweries, distilleries and vineyards in our region. The world has not ended because of that.

Because of this shift, it is interesting to see what people are drinking now. The survey asks everything from what your five favorite beers are to your choice in vodka to if you accept the idea of wine in the box now that glass recycling has gone the way of Sunday Prohibition.

And we are kind of happy we made it through this Friday Flash with less than five bad jokes. Time for Happy Hour.

85-385 Gateway Project schedules traffic shift for this weekend

GREENVILLE, S.C. –Upstate drivers will be taking a new route when merging from I-85 North to I-385 North by early next week.

Weather permitting, a temporary ramp is expected to be completed this weekend that will shift driving lanes for the next nine months as crews work on the new interchange for the 85-385 Gateway Project. This $231 million project is the second largest undertaking in South Carolina Department of Transportation history.

The project overhauls the existing interchange with new bridges and flyovers as well as adds lanes to I-85 and I-385; resyncs traffic lights along Woodruff Road and rehabs roadways. Substantial work will be done by late 2018 with substantial completion scheduled for Spring 2019.

The 85-385 Gateway Project is utilizing a design-build contract which will require Flatiron-Zachry, a joint venture of Flatiron Construction Corp. and Zachry Construction Corp, to design, obtain permits, acquire right-of-way, coordinate utility relocation and construct the new interchange — all under the oversight of SCDOT and FHWA.

The project is being financed in part with funding from Act 98 of 2013 which provided the SCDOT with additional funding for bridge, resurfacing and mainline interstate projects. Additional funding is being provided by the Federal Interstate Improvement Program and Greenville-Pickens Area Transportation Study Committee (GPATS.)

About the 85-385 Gateway Project

The 85-385 Gateway Interchange Improvement Project will provide an economic boost to the Upstate, improve safety for the traveling public, and increase the capacity of this Interchange to function more efficiently for many years to come. Average daily traffic volume at this interchange is 190,000 vehicles per day making this one of the busiest interchanges in South Carolina. At $231 million, it is the second largest transportation project in South Carolina History. Learn more at www.85385gateway.com.

 

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Rebuild Upstate adds Volunteer Coordinator

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GREENVILLE, S.C. – Sarah Barthelmes has joined Rebuild Upstate as its Volunteer and Administrative Coordinator.

A student at Arizona State University, she will be responsible for working with Rebuild Upstate partners to streamline the volunteering process as well as take the lead on coordinating new repair projects for the non-profit agency. Prior to joining Rebuild Upstate, she was the Volunteer Assistant to the Powdersville Campus Pastor of NewSpring Church.

“Sarah will help us better serve the community by getting the people who need our help going in the right direction,” said Chris Manley, Rebuild Upstate’s executive director.

About Rebuild Upstate:

Rebuild Upstate is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving Upstate South Carolina low-income homeowners with home repairs and accessibility improvements to create safe, livable housing in existing homes and neighborhoods. Learn more at www.rebuildupstate.org.

ReWa names Greg Wright Engineering Director

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 18, 2016) — Renewable Water Resources (ReWa) has recently named Greg Wright, PE as Engineering Director after his dedicated service as Engineering Manager for the past five years.

Wright holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Kentucky and has 35 years of experience in the field of engineering. Specifically, he has 22 years of private engineering consulting experience, and five years of utility management work. He offers expertise in the fields of office leadership, wastewater engineering, business area development, public relations and communications.

Greg is an active affiliate with: American Water Works Association, American Public Works Association, Water Environment Federation, American Society of Civil Engineers, Chi Epsilon, and American Council of Engineering Companies.

“The commission and staff at ReWa wish to congratulate Greg Wright on his advancement within the Agency” said Graham Rich, Executive Director at ReWa, “We are privileged to enhance our leadership team with his specific skill set and knowledge of the industry”.

Renewable Water Resources (ReWa):

ReWa’s goal is to promote a cleaner environment, and to protect the public health and water quality of the Upstate waterways, while providing and developing the necessary sewer infrastructure for the growing economy. ReWa serves more than 400,000 industrial, commercial and residential customers in Greenville County and parts of Anderson, Spartanburg, Pickens and Laurens Counties. Learn more at www.rewaonline.org.

Gateway ramp to open tonight

GREENVILLE, S.C. –  A temporary ramp connecting Woodruff Road to I-385 northbound will open tonight as part of the $231 million 85-385 Gateway Project. This temporary ramp will be in place for six months.

About the 85-385 Gateway Project

The 85-385 Gateway Interchange Improvement Project will provide an economic boost to the Upstate, improve safety for the traveling public, and increase the capacity of this Interchange to function more efficiently for many years to come. Average daily traffic volume at this interchange is 190,000 vehicles per day making this one of the busiest interchanges in South Carolina. At $231 million, it is the second largest transportation project in South Carolina History. Learn more at www.85385gateway.com.

 

Clients in the News

It’s been a week of awards and rewards for our clients here at Complete Public Relations.

Renewable Water Resources’ Line Maintenance Supervisor, Mr. Terry Childress was recognized at the South Carolina Environmental Conference (SCEC) with the Water Environment Association of South Carolina (WEASC) Maintenance Person of the Year. Check out GSA Business for more details. Kudos to Terry and ReWa!

Thanks to The Old Cigar Warehouse, Greenville topped another list this week. Which list is that? Hint: Who doesn’t love a wedding at Old Cigar Warehouse? Find out more from Greenville Business Magazine!

If you’re honored twice for the same award, chances are the honor is well deserved. Guy Furay, owner of The Insurance Source in Greer, was recognized with a national Soaring Eagle Award for the second time. Learn more about this elite award from Upstate Biz.

The brains behind our operation, John Boyanoski, wrote a satire piece for Fete. Get a laugh or two from John’s article here. Also, take a listen to the Workplace YP podcast featured.

Greenville County Council Candidate, Stacy Kuper and Lindsey Pfrommer, of Liquid Catering were profiled in Fete magazine’s April edition. Get to know Lindsey , the current Pulse Social Chair and Political Candidate, Stacy Kuper.

Do you want this kind of press for your business or non-profit? Email us at info@completepr.net