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#YeahTHATAgenda: The IT Industry: Where Does SC Rank, Farmhouse Pizza Opens, Cost of County Square, Ghosts of Toys R Us, The Coming Sriracha War

Apr 10, 2019 09:47AM ● By Chris Haire
South Carolina is not exactly known as a tech hub, but according to a new report, the Palmetto State isn't doing quite so bad: In a recently released report from Comptia, a leading IT trade association, South Carolina ranks 34th among U.S. states when it comes to tech workers as a percentage of the total workforce -- a ranking that places the Palmetto State closer to the middle than the bottom.

Some South Carolina 128,521 workers, or 5.8% of the total workforce, can claim they work in the IT sector, while neighboring Georgia can claim 16th place, with 7.7% percent of its total workforce in IT (361,894 workers). Meanwhile, sister state North Carolina can claim 18th place, with 7.6% of its total workforce in IT (354,166).

The median salary for tech workers in the Palmetto State: $69,400. In the Peach State: $80,300; and the Tarheel State: $79,100.

At $1.7 billion in investments, North Carolina is also among the Top 5 states for venture capital, putting it in the company of California ($32.2 billion), New York ($9.5 billion), Massachusetts ($3.5 billion), and Texas ($1.5 billion).

South Carolina's leading IT sectors all experienced year-over-year growth, with IT Services and Custom Software Services (+5.9%) and Tech Manufacturing (+7.1%) leading the charge.

Farmhouse Pizza is now officially open on Laurens Road: The throwback pizza parlor from the Farmhouse Tacos and Hare & Field team opened yesterday Tues. April 9, at 1813 Laurens Road, the site of the old Monterrey's.

In initial reports, the team said they wanted to create an environment similar to the pizza parlors of the 1980s -- think old school Pizza Huts, when dining in was king and delivery wasn't an option.

Farmhouse Pizza offers a selection of traditional and contemporary pies, classic salads and sandwiches, and six different types of brined-and-fried wings, from Blue Buffalo to Korean BBQ to the Nashville Reaper.

The restaurant is open seven days a week, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat. and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sun.

See the pizza menu below:

Project Host BBQ will be holding its 10th Annual BBQ Cook-Off and Festival April 26-27: On Friday April 26, from 6-10 p.m., the festival will hold an "Anything Butt" competition, while Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., will offer a BBQ competition and BBQ pork tastings. Kids games and beer and wine will also be offered. 

Contestants include: 3 Blind Hogs, Gettin' Piggy With It, Palmetto Hog Hammers, Blarney Que, Little Smokies, Piggy Pins BBQ, Bucky's Bar-B-Q, Nard's BBQ, The Saucy Pig BBQ, and Off the Grill BBQ. 

All proceeds from the event benefit Project Host, a Greenville soup kitchen and culinary training center.

Admission is free to the event, but tasting tickets will be sold. The festival takes place by the Reedy River at 320 S. Hudson St.

There are 3 plans to move state offices from County Square. They all cost more than $38M. (Greenville News)

Hominy Grill, celebrated pillar of downtown Charleston’s culinary scene, is closing (Post and Courier)

‘We’re trying to survive’: SC farmers in limbo as Congress spars over disaster relief (The State)

SC House passes rideshare bill after USC student’s death, despite Uber’s concerns (Rock Hill Herald)

SC musicians and vinyl shops revel in the unexpected resurgence of the record (Post and Courier)

BofA plans to raise minimum wage to $20 an hour over two years (American Banker)
Ghost of Toys R Us Still Haunts Toy Makers (Manufacturing.Net)

YouTube Jumping Into Interactive Programming (Variety)

Analysis of 4 Million Pitches Reveals Umps Really Do Suck at Calling Strikes (Discover Magazine)

The Wire
CenturyLink Brings Broadband To 7,500 Rural Homes And Businesses In S.C.

Tempus Realty Partners Announces $30 Million Property Sale

CresCom Bank Foundation Donates $29,000 To 13 Upstate Charities In 2018

Best  & Brightest 35 and Under
Drew Dezen
Jeff Dezen Public Relations | Strategist, Business Development Executive
Age 29

A Greenville native whose family’s values of integrity, productivity, and kindness align closely with those of the Upstate, I am inspired by the many community leaders who have successfully built strong businesses while also using their knowledge and resources to make Greenville the thriving city it is today.

After graduating from Furman University in 2012, I left Greenville to work for Major League Baseball International in Sydney, Australia. There, I benefited from being in a position with more responsibility than I may have been qualified to manage, nurtured by a talented team who empowered me to thrive. Life abroad gave me terrific perspective and life-altering opportunities to grow personally and professionally. 

In 2014, I returned to Greenville to join my family’s business, JDPR. At JDPR, we pride ourselves on being strategic communicators for brands of all sizes with consumer-facing goods or services, navigating the evolving communications landscape to give our clients a competitive advantage. In my role, I focus on strategic planning, client management, and new business development.

My fiancé, Maddy Varin, and I are passionate about animal advocacy and are founding board members of Partners in Animal Care. I am honored to be named one of Greenville Business Magazine’s Best & Brightest 35 and Under. I personally know many worthy candidates in our community.