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#YeahTHATAgenda: Peace Center Plans on Hold, Home Prices Drop, Wildlife Director Retires, The Impossible Burger

Feb 08, 2019 10:08AM ● By Chris Haire

S.C. Wildlife Federation Executive Director Ben Gregg Retires After Decades Of Effort To Protect Wildlife And Habitats: The Wildlife Federation is focused on conservation, not environmentalism, he says, an important distinction since many associate environmentalism with more radical measures. “We’re more inclusive. It’s about habitat protection.”

It’s a business-friendly stance that has earned the support of many large industries statewide, including BMW, Fuji, Michelin, and Westinghouse, which seek the organization’s expertise through WAIT. “We believe that business and conservation have a lot in common,” Gregg says. “There might be points where we disagree, but overall, there is a lot of common ground.” (Columbia Business Journal)

The median home sales price dropped in the Charleston, Greenville, and Spartanburg metros from Q2 2018-Q3 2018, according to the February Housing Reports from the Federal Reserve Bank in Richmond. The Columbia area saw an increase of 1.57 percent. 

According the National Association of Realtors, the average home price in Columbia was $174,000 (+5.57% YoY), $286,000 in Charleston (+7.19%, YoY), $216,000 in Greenville (+8.32% YoY), and $174,000 in Spartanburg (+10.62% YoY).

Across the state, the number of new private housing permits is down -0.38% YoY, although there was a month-to-month increase from September to October of 9.01%. 

In Greenville the number of new permits dropped -21.44% in October, while Charleston (+15.4%), Columbia (+13.68), and Spartanburg (+48,2%) saw increases. Year over year, all four metros have seen growth: Greenville, +25.07%; Charleston, +0.37%; Columbia, 1.01%; and Spartanburg, 12.17%.

Plans to enclose the Peace Center's historic Wyche Pavilion have been put on hold (Greenville News)

Major apartment, retail, hotel, restaurant developments planned near Upward Star Center (Spartanburg Herald-Journal)

ScanSource board chairman retires (GSA Business)

6 restaurant openings to look forward to in the Midlands (The State) 

FEI is dropping World Equestrian Games for 2022 (EquNews)

Impossible Foods Accelerates Switch to Impossible Burger 2.0 as Demand Surges Across America (Manufacturing.Net)

Volvo’s SC-built sedan selling well but automaker warns of profit crunch (Post and Courier)

AAA: Cold Weather Can Cut Electric Car Range Over 40 Percent (Manufacturing.Net)

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Kiawah River Selects Local Homebuilders To Bring Sea Islands Community To Life

Local Business Owners Help Bring Entrepreneur's Organization To Charleston

Leadership Columbia Class Of 2019 Announces Class Project

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Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe is Duke Energy’s state president in South Carolina. In this role, he is responsible for the financial performance of Duke Energy’s two electric utilities in South Carolina and managing state and local regulatory and government relations, as well as community affairs. Ghartey-Tagoe and Duke Energy are honored to serve more than 750,000 electric customers primarily in the Upstate and Pee Dee regions. 

Ghartey-Tagoe is passionate about Duke Energy’s efforts to build a smarter energy infrastructure that will help attract and grow businesses in our state. Ghartey-Tagoe currently serves on the United Way Greenville Board of Trustees and as an executive committee member of the S.C. Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.