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#YeahTHATAgenda: Four SC Firms Named to Top Design List, Topgolf Fundraiser, County Square Update, The High Price of Snake Anti-Venom, Fake People in Your Timelines

May 01, 2019 09:35AM ● By Chris Haire

Four South Carolina firms have named to Engineering News-Record's annual Top 500 Design Firms list: The highest ranking firm from the Palmetto State is Charleston-based LS3P, which came in at 195 on the ENR list, a drop from 2018's 177. The next highest was ESP Associates in Fort Mill, ranking 256 this year after 2018's 270 spot. Columbia's Infrastructure Consulting & Engineering leaped from a 353 position in 2018 to 286 this year. The Greenville firm of McMillan Pazdan Smith came in at 290, a slight fall from 288 in 2018.


Top Contender Golf Tournament: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Upstate is hosting the first annual Top Contender Golf Tournament, benefiting at-risk youth. The fundraiser will officially welcome Topgolf Greenville to the Upstate. 

Festivities will be held at Topgolf Greenville’s new facility, 201 Clifton Court in Greenville, on May 2, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

The fundraiser will include three hours of golf, breakfast, and beverages. General admission is $75.00 per person and sponsorship levels for teams of six are available. To register, visit


Despite 'no' vote on state offices, $1B redevelopment of County Square proceeds (Greenville News)

Towering History: Glendale Mill site up for sale (Herald-Journal)

South Carolina high school takes the top spot in US News & World Report 2019 ranking (The State)

Tax increase and teacher raise are in Greenville County school district's proposed budget (Greenville News)

ZF and BMW ink deal worth billions (Upstate Business Journal)

What would a growing Horry County look like without a planning and zoning department? (Myrtle Beach Sun News)

York Tech nursing program among best in South Carolina. Here’s where it ranked. (Rock Hill Herald)

Charleston catering is a career of chaos. Here are 7 revelations from inside the industry. (Post and Courier)

Viewpoint: Why is Opportunity Zones investment off to a slow start?( SC Biz)

BB&T chief preaches change at shareholders meeting in Charleston (Post and Courier)

Post Office Boss Ponders Cutting Mail Delivery to Five Days. Congress Balks. (WSJ)

Hospital charges $67,957 for 4 vials of antivenin after snakebite: 6 things to know (Becker's Hospital Review)

What Neuroscience Can Teach Us About the Mascots We Love and Hate (Ad Age)

‘Big and bold push’ for increased infrastructure spending in Washington (Logistics Management)

DOL Opinion Letter Finds Gig Economy Service Providers to Be Independent Contractors (National Law Review)

ESPN the Magazine Will Stop Publishing Print Edition in September (Sports Illustrated)

Meet the fake people who will soon crowd your timelines (Fast Company)

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Laura Moore
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management | Financial Advisor
Age 28

If you had asked me 10 years ago what I thought I would be doing today, I never would have guessed I’d be working as a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch. While solving planning issues and managing investment portfolios for individuals and families is what I do on paper, the best part of my job goes beyond that. I love hearing people’s stories and finding out what’s important to them. There’s no greater joy than helping others achieve their financial goals, whether it be sending a child to college, having peace of mind about finances, or taking their entire family on a trip to Disney World. Working in a male-dominated industry, I’m also passionate about working with women and instilling confidence when it comes to finances.

As a Greenville native, I’ve watched this beautiful city transform before my eyes over the last decade or so. I enjoy being active in the community and currently serve on the board of Greenville Women Giving and the Rotary Club of Greenville. In my free time, my husband and I enjoy taking part in everything our city has to offer.