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#YeahTHATAgenda: Gov. McMaster Pitches Palmetto State to Panthers, USC Beats Clemson, Boeing 737 Latest, There Is No Objective Reality

Mar 14, 2019 07:15AM ● By Chris Haire
Gov. Henry McMaster, Legislators Try To Bring Carolina Panthers HQ, Training Facilities To Palmetto State: In a press conference held yesterday, Gov. Henry McMaster announced that he and other state leaders had met with Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper about moving the Panthers' headquarters and training facilities to York or Lancaster counties, just across the border from Charlotte. 

McMaster also noted that legislation had been introduced to the General Assembly intending to pave the way for the team's relocation.

Even if the Panthers move to South Carolina -- The State newspaper reports that Rock Hill "is very much on the table" -- they will likely continue to play on Sundays in Charlotte.

"A professional football team is a big business," said S.C. House Speaker Jay Lucas. "It involves much more than where you play your football games."

"The fact that the Carolina Panthers are going to [practice in South Carolina] but move their football program to South Carolina is something I never thought I would see," Lucas added.
Like the legislation that brought BMW and Boeing to the Palmetto State, the pro-Panthers package would offer the team various incentives in order to woo them away from their Tarheel home. At press time, the details of that legislation is uncertain.

Tepper, a billionaire hedgefund manager, was not at the Statehouse press conference, and McMaster declined to speak on his behalf. However, there have been rumors for months that the Panthers organization intended to move to Rock Hill, leaving some to speculate that the team's time at Wofford College may be coming to an end.

Such a move would further distance the football squad from Richardson, a Wofford grad who abdicated his Panthers throne following inappropriate sexual and racial allegations. 

During the press conference, McMaster compared bringing the Carolina Panthers to South Carolina to landing BMW, Boeing, and Volvo; however, state officials are generally secretive when they are recruiting big business, often using code names for the various companies.

McMaster said that moving the team to the Palmetto State would be a huge economic boon affecting the tourism and healthcare industries, which would benefit from the Panthers' team of sports medicine experts. "We believe this will be a magnet," the governor said.

Although McMaster was clear that Tepper had yet to make a decision, he insisted that the state is "moving as fast as we can without making any mistakes." He also boasted that in this contest, the state of South Carolina couldn't be beat, thanks to its years of recruiting massive multi-national businesses, saying, "We can outrun anyone on the field."
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Liz Seman
Furman University
Chief of Staff & Liaison to the Board of Trustees

A native of Chicago, Ill., Liz Seman has lived in Greenville since 1999. Her nonprofit career has included leadership roles with the American Red Cross, Hands on Greenville, and Meals on Wheels. 

Seman came to Furman University in 2013 as the executive director of corporate engagement, and currently serves as chief of staff and liaison to the Board of Trustees. She is chair of the board of directors of the South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center (SC-TAC) and is immediate past-chair of Meals on Wheels America. She is an active member of the Greenville Professional Women’s Forum and Greenville Women Giving. She is a member of the board of the Community Foundation of Greenville, the Peace Center, and Visit Greenville SC.  She is also an advisory board member for the Greenville Chamber of Commerce and Bridges to a Brighter Future.

First elected in 2008, Seman serves on Greenville County Council and represents District 24. She currently chairs the Public Works Committee and is a member of the Finance Committee. She has also served on the board of directors of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Greenville Forward, the Junior League of Greenville, Saint Joseph’s Catholic School, the Leadership Greenville Alumni Association, the Palmetto Bank Community Board, Greenville County Redevelopment Authority Board, Community Works Carolina, and the Advisory Board of the American Red Cross. 

Seman is a graduate of Leadership Greenville Class XXVII and Diversity Leadership Academy Class IV. She was one of the YWCA Dream Achievers in 2006 and was named one of Greenville’s Top 25 under 35 in 2003. She is also an elder at Fourth Presbyterian Church. Seman received her bachelors of science in business from Miami of Ohio.