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#YeahTHATAgenda: Ford's Tech Trends Survey, Greenville Chamber Awards, Bi-Lo Closings, Pinestone, Zion's Bad For Business Shoe,

Feb 22, 2019 10:33AM ● By Chris Haire
The 2019 Looking Further with Ford Trends Report is out, and it offers a fascinating look into worldwide opinions about smart phones, the workplace, and social media. Based on the report's findings, individuals in the U.S., Brazil, India, Germany, Saudi Arabia, and nine other countries are largely optimistic about technological advances, but a sizable portion fear their impact.
While 79% believe technology is a force for good, 46% believe technology is trying to "get inside my head." Many view AI as a potential threat to humanity, with 44% of women and 37% of men saying they are afraid of AI, while 57% of Gen Z, 57% of Millennials, 46% of Gen X, and 36% of Baby Boomers believe AI will be stronger than the human mind in 10 years.

The report also highlights the world's mixed feelings about smart phones and other devices. Sixty-nine percent believe there should be mandatory time-outs from devices, signally the inability of some users to put down their phones. In fact, 45% said they envied people who can disconnect from their devices, while 25% of Gen Z and Millennials said they would rather give up their sense of smell over their smart phones and other devices. 

The two younger generations also indicated there is disconnect between their online selves and their IRL selves. While 35% of Gen X and 17% of Baby Boomers say they are more outgoing on social media than in person, among Gen Z and Millennials those figures are 56% and 53%, respectively.

Among all ages, however, those surveyed say that are less than honest about their lives, with 84% saying people paint a better picture of themselves online. Oddly enough, 38% of Gen Z and 41% of Millennials believe people are becoming more truthful on social media.

As for the workplace, 77% believe that companies don't do enough to accomodate working parents, while 84% believe companies should offer mental health days. The majority of those polled also believe that companies should reward employees for using all their vacation time.

Rezoning for proposed development in Travelers Rest passes first reading (Greenville News)

Less than a year after bankruptcy declaration, BI-LO to close four more Upstate stores (Greenville News)

Daniel Morgan Technology Center students learn ‘future of machining’ (Herald-Journal)
Zion Williamson’s injury ripples in basketball, business worlds (Herald-Journal)

SC island resort starts construction on new hotel, ocean view rooftop venue (Post and Courier)
Biggest shipping line at Charleston’s port predicts choppy seas from tariffs (Post and Courier)

York County wants to land more jobs. 1,000 feet of pavement could be the answer (Rock Hill Herald)

Dozens of popular stores to close in Charlotte as national retailers scale down or fold (Charlotte Observer)

Delta builds world’s largest jet engine test cell (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

Congressman wants to legalize imports of Canadian insulin (FiercePharma)

Elon Musk's promises about self-driving cars are 'almost unethical,' says AutoNation CEO (Business Insider)

The Wire
Greenville Chamber Gives Awards To Merl Code, David Wilkins, Betty Farr At Annual Meeting

Gov. Henry McMaster Hands Outs Awards To Greenville Mayor Knox White, Parks And Rec's Beverly Shelley

Upstate International Month Celebrates The Various Nationalities That Call The Area Home

Jersey Mike’s Kicks Off 9th Annual “Month Of Giving” In March

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Caleb Lewis
Carolina Recycling Company and Taylors Mill Development

A Greenville native, Caleb Lewis has put his entrepreneurial spirit to work since starting Carolina Recycling Company in 2008. Shortly after moving his recycling business into the Taylors Mill, Lewis was the majority investor in acquiring the old textile mill.

The 700,000-square-foot building is now the home to over 75 small businesses. Some of the businesses that currently make up the Taylors Mill community include a large number of artists and entrepreneurs, a brewery, an event space, and most recently a restaurant. 

About 300,000 square feet of the mill is currently occupied, and roughly 400,000 square feet remain undeveloped. Still very much in the development process, Lewis has ambitious plans for the future of the Mill. Since the acquisition in 2015, the Mill has grown leaps and bounds in the way of a thriving community. Once the workplace of many Taylors residents, the resurgence of the old textile mill has breathed new life into the area and hope for a very bright future.