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#YeahTHATAgenda: Greenville's Where on the Best Performing Cities List?, SC Ports Growth, Hemp, New Birds Fly South Beer, Peppa Pig: Anti-Communist Subversive

Feb 06, 2019 09:11AM ● By Chris Haire
The Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin (GAM) metropolitan area has dropped from No. 49 to No. 51 in the latest Best-Performing Cities list from Santa Monica, Calif.-based economic think tank Milken Institute.

Topping the list once again, the Provo-Orem, Utah metro.

According to a recent Wall Street Journal report, "Utah has had the fastest-growing labor force of any U.S. state since January 2010."

WSJ also notes: from 2010 to Jan. 2018, Utah's labor force has grown at triple the rate of the national average, while the Beehive State's workforce is not only "more educated than the country’s, on average, making it more productive and thus appealing to many employers," their "spending on cars, clothing, education, and the arts are all climbing faster than the nation’s, as are home prices."

North Charleston-based pharmaceutical delivery company Equiscript, one's Greenville Business Magazine's 25 Fastest Growing Companies, recently opened offices in Salt Lake City 
Gville Business Magazine)

New Cambria downtown hotel takes step forward (Spartanburg Herald-Journal)

Industrial hemp production bodes well in South Carolina for first year (Clemson Newsstand)

Ask LaFleur: Why the white Xs on power poles around Greenville?(Greenville News)

GM plant closings will hit parts suppliers far and wide, including SC plant (Greenville News)

Women’s apparel chain closing 3 SC stores, nearly 100 nationwide in bankruptcy filing (Post and Courier)

Richland County to repay millions in misspent penny tax funds (The State)

As MOX fades, Sen. Lindsey Graham turns attention to SRS plutonium removal efforts (Aiken Standard)

You may soon be able to walk around Barefoot Landing with a beer in your hand (Myrtle Beach Sun News)

Another hospital group targets drug shortages and says blood pressure drug metoprolol up first (Fierce Pharma)

This Bird-like Robot Uses Thrusters to Float on Two Legs (Wired)

The Wire
SC Ports Authority Handles Record January Container Volume

GE Aviation Plant Manager Named March For Babies 2019 Greenville Chair

Bone-In Barbeque Launches New Weekend Hours, Saturday Brunch Menu

Modern Exterminating Purchases Carolina Pest Control

SCRA-Led Team Awarded Grant In US Economic Development Administration Competition

50 Most Influential 
Mark Farris
Greenville Area Development Corporation 
President & CEO

Mark Farris has more than 32 years of experience in economic development in South Carolina and has assisted in company location and expansion projects totaling more than $6 billion of capital investment and 37,000 jobs during that time. Farris was named president and CEO of the Greenville Area Development Corporation in October 2014. He leads the industrial and business recruitment efforts of the largest county in South Carolina. 

Since becoming GADC’s CEO, the organization has announced more than $1.6 billion in new and expanded capital investment and more than 7,900 new jobs. Recent initiatives include the expansion of available industrial sites and speculative buildings in Greenville County, implementation of an existing industry program, and development of new web-based labor resources recruitment. Farris currently serves on the board of the United Way of Greenville County and board of directors of the Greenville Chamber.

Birds Flew South Brew International Women's Day Beer