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#YeahTHATAgenda: WSJ Praises GVL, Dick Riley Said No to SCOTUS, $$ Downtown Properties, Greer Streetscaping

Dec 17, 2018 06:59AM ● By Chris Haire
GVL in the WSJ:  The Artsy Southern Town That Wants to Be the Next Portland (WSJ)

Greenville Chamber Releases 2019 Public Policy Guide: Top priories include increasing teacher pay, pension reform, and Greenlink expansion (Greenville Chamber)

Dick Riley Says Education Is The Backbone Of Democracy—And Business: Riley then went on to serve in President Bill Clinton’s Cabinet from 1993 to 2001, though he was offered another key position: Supreme Court Justice. He turned down the seat that eventually went to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (Greenville Business Monthly)

‘End of an era’: What Dominion merger means for SCANA shareholders, employees (The State) (Post & Courier)

SC forest industry margins chopped by rising transportation costs (Post & Courier)

Supersized Russian jet could deliver more 787 engines to Boeing SC (Post & Courier)

Kershaw County Fosters Close-Knit Workforce Development Effort Between Central Carolina And Companies: “Finding entry-level to highly skilled employees is very difficult,” says Gary Hill, production manager. “One of the best ways it to train your own.” (Columbia Business Monthly)

Small, regional institutions see profit margins shrink due to high deposit costs (WSJ)

8 Sci-Fi Writers Imagine the Bold and New Future of Work

The Wire
Greer Streetscape Bid Drops Nearly $1 Million In Second Round Of Bidding

Raymond G. Farmer To Continue To Lead S.C. Department Of Insurance

CRG Announces Industrial Development Near Inland Port In Spartanburg County

25 Fastest Growing Companies
No. 16: National Land Reality
Year Founded: 2007
Founder: Jason Walter
Headquarters location: Greenville
Number of other locations: 52
Number of employees (start): 1
Number of employees (present): 220 

National Land Realty is a full-service real estate brokerage company specializing in farm, ranch, recreational, plantation, timber, equestrian, waterfront, and commercial land across the country and in Antigua, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Saint Martin, and Trinidad and Tobago.

For more than a decade, the company’s main focus has revolved around establishing long-lasting relationships and helping clients and customers accomplish their goals. 

Originally Carolina Land Realty, Jason Walter founded the company in 2007 and turned it into National Land Realty in 2012 with the intention of creating a land brokerage firm with a national footprint.
What are the keys to your company’s rapid growth? 
Jason Walter (Founder and CEO): Technology, innovation, and great people.
What’s in store for your company in 2019? 
30 percent growth.

Do you plan to add any employees in the coming year? If so, how many? 
Around 100.
What trends and innovations do you see down the line for your industry? 
Continuation of drone-based technology for viewing properties.
What word of advice, if any, has shaped your career and who gave it or where did you read it? 
Tony Robbins: “Learn from the best and always work to replace yourself.”
What are you doing to make sure your company sticks around for the long haul? 
Staying completely focused on our core business and blocking out external opportunities.
How important is continued learning to your success and if so, what do you do to ensure that you are always learning about your industry, your company, and yourself? 
It’s imperative. You are either growing or dying. I read constantly.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you first started your professional career? 
There are no shortcuts. Select something you can be the best in the world at and stay focused on it.
What is your preferred method of communication — phone call, text message, email — and why? 
Email. I read better than I hear and email is easier to organize than text. This can come in very handy when there are disagreements. 
Given the ease and ability to be engaged in work 24/7, how do you and how often do you break free from the job? 
I used to work 24/7 and now realize how unproductive that mentality is. I’ve seen many people blow up their personal lives over work, and I’ve always told myself I will never do that.  My family comes before work. I enjoy coaching my son’s sports, going to the beach, fishing, and watching Clemson football.