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Greenville Business Magazine keeps abreast of all enterprises, sharing news of the people and businesses behind the start-ups, relocations, mergers and acquisitions and developments as they occur. We explore the operations and philosophies of featured companies on a regular basis, highlighting their practices and successes to prove the value of community dynamism. We also offer a broad perspective on the business climate from folks in the know, people moving up and awards received, granting our readers a practical, experienced outlook.
The Bridges of Madison County is a cheesy love story. This story is about the bridges of Laurens County, an allegorical tale of roads, infrastructure, vision, and, yes, wooden bridges. Laurens County has 19 of them, and while the Upstate’s more urbanized counties face complicated and costly people-moving solutions, Laurens County is working to bridge the stakeholders of yesterday and tomorrow.
Greenwood County’s transportation infrastructure is solid for now, but there is a clear need for major improvements in the near future, partly due to continued robust economic development in the area. Of course, growth and new industries bring both blessings and challenges.
The nation’s fourth-fastest growing city, Greenville faces growing pains in large part because of its growing popularity. Turns out that in terms of the nearly 6,000 miles of roads in much of the Upstate, popularity leads to more than just potholes.
Leaders in Cherokee County stress the need for better funding from the state as one of the poorest counties in the Upstate struggles to meet the needs of business, industry, and local residents.
Anderson County is blossoming, but it still is tied to a regional transportation system that’s in need of attention–and plenty of money for repairs and updates.
The business lifeblood of Abbeville County surges through an artery that’s 25 miles long and four lanes wide.
Older South Carolinians overwhelmingly prefer to stay in their homes and communities as they age.
If streets really were paved with gold, South Carolina legislators likely wouldn’t have raised the gas tax 12 cents a gallon over six years to generate $600 million a year to finance infrastructure improvements. At the same time, though, some Greenville County municipalities see another road toward the state’s chronic pain in the asphalt: trails.
South Carolina’s economy is booming thanks to international trade. For the eighth consecutive year, the state has set a record for total export sales. 2017 export sales totaled $32.2 billion, according to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, and represents a 2.9 percent increase over the 2016 total. Export destinations reached more than 190 countries with China, Canada, Germany, and Mexico as the top 2017 export markets. Top export commodities for 2017 were vehicles, aircraft, machinery, rubber, and electrical machinery.
Leon Stavrinakis hopes persistence will eventually pay off when it comes to advancing South Carolina’s prospects for some type of high-speed rail. The Charleston attorney and member of the S.C. House of Representatives has introduced a bill for three consecutive sessions that would create a state High Speed Rail System Commission. He believes there is a need for such a system in the state.