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#YeahTHATAgenda: Unity Park News, 4 Greenville Schools on US News Top 20 SC Schools List, Another Popeye's, E-Bikes, Superpowers for Everyone

May 02, 2019 09:37AM ● By Chris Haire
The City of Greenville will be meeting with two firms next week to discuss their proposals for Unity Park: While the landscape and architecture firm MKSK has developed designs for the park, the city still needs to select a construction manager at risk. The chosen firm will consult in the pre-construction design phase, help establish costs, and then manage and control construction costs. 

The two firms scheduled for meetings next Thursday, May 9, are Harper General Contractors and Astra Group. The presentations for the two firms are scheduled an hour apart. 

The first phase of Unity Park will cost an estimated $42 million and includes river restoration, a gathering hall, playground, and visitors center. The park's signature piece, an observation tower, is not initially slated for phase one. 

Construction is set to begin later this year. 

Unity Park will be located in a long-neglected area of the city, an area which has historically been home to primarily African-American residents. While efforts are being made to make sure affordable housing will be located near the park, concerns have been raised by those fearing gentrification, with the most recent dust-up centering around a proposal to bring a craft brewery to the area in a location near a homeless shelter. 


Four Greenville County schools in the Top 20 of US News' Best South Carolina High School list: Charleston County School District's Academic Magnet High School was not only named the top school in the Palmetto State, but the No. 1 in the nation. Greenville's highest ranking school was Eastside High (No. 10 in the state and No. 1,220 in the nation), followed by Wade Hampton High (No. 11/No. 1,239), Riverside High (No. 16/No 2,023), and J.L. Mann High (No. 17/No. 2,025).

Although Academic Magnet can boast a 100% graduation rate and a score of 100 on college readiness, the magnet school has been criticized for a lack of diversity. The 600+ student Academic Magnet has a minority enrollment of 19%, the same amount as Mt. Pleasant's Wando High (No. 4/No. 878), which has over 4,000 students. The minority enrollment numbers for the four Greenville Schools are: J.L. Mann, 43%, Wade Hampton, 41%; Eastside, 33%; and Riverside, 31%.


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New psychiatric hospital, once in jeopardy, is back on track for Greenville (Greenville News)

SCMEP reports economic impact over $2B (SC Biz)

Upstate SC is getting another Popeyes fried chicken restaurant (Greenville News)

SC governor: Teachers’ demands justified. They are ‘no more frustrated than I am.’ (The State)

Shaw Industries plant in Pickens County is shutting down, ending 249 jobs in the area (Greenville News)

BMW holds lead over Mercedes as luxury car segment slips 5% (AutoNews)

Developer buys into combination industrial park, recreation area in Berkeley County (Post and Courier)

Duke Energy appeals coal ash cleanup order at 6 Carolina sites, including Lake Wylie (Rock Hill Herald)

Rick Perry: Plutonium sent from SRS to Nevada will again be relocated by end of 2026 (Aiken Standard)

FAA mandates 787 Dreamliner fixes; Boeing says work already completed (Post and Courier)

Kapow! USC gets collection of 180,000 comics with first Avengers, Justice League, X-Men (Post and Courier)

What Is the Deal With Xeljanz Lawsuits? (National Law Review)

What ruling on noncompete clauses means for banks — and job hunters (American Banker)

McDonald’s deploys 700 AI-powered menu boards (National Restaurant News)

Scientists use CRISPR gene editing as antidote to box jellyfish stings (Becker's Hospital Review)

A 30-mph e-bike to compete with cars in cities? Investors just bet $20 million on it (Tech Crunch)

Brain-achine interfaces could give us all superpowers (Wired)

The Wire
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Best & Brightest 35 and Under
Jamika Nedwards
Julie Valentine Center | Crisis Program Director
Age 35

As the crisis program director at the Julie Valentine Center, I am committed to providing the highest quality sexual assault recovery services to my community. This work is not just what I do, but who I am. I am honored to be a part of a team that shares the same passion for providing hope and healing to the courageous survivors of sexual assault and abuse in Greenville. I believe that as a leader, you are only as good as the people you serve, and I have been blessed to serve the best staff and community members that Greenville has to offer.

I received my bachelor’s in sociology with a minor in criminal justice from Lander University. Additionally, I received my master’s in criminal justice from Boston University. I am a graduate of Leadership Greenville Class 43—the best class of all time. I have been honored as an Upstate Black History Maker and I have had the pleasure of volunteering at various organizations in the area.

I am a native of Greenville, and giving back to the community that has served me is a great honor. I am humbled to be one of Greenville Business Magazine’s Best & Brightest 35 and Under. Success is never achieved alone, and I am grateful to my family, friends, leadership, and team for supporting, challenging, and inspiring me to best version of myself.