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#YeahTHATAgenda: Greenville on US News Best Places List, Greenville Connects' Public Transportation Push, Clemson Shark Tankers, Tacos N Tequila Winners, Moon Landing Oreos

Apr 09, 2019 07:08AM ● By Chris Haire
Greenville has topped all other South Carolina cities in this years U.S. News Best Places list -- including the travel magazine world's perennial No. 1 U.S. city, Charleston: This year #yeahTHATgreenville came in at No. 22, a big jump up from No. 31 last year. As expected, the Main Street scene and Falls Park were two of Greenville' most noteworthy standouts, along with our low cost of living, proximity to the mountains, mild weather, and our manufacturing base.

Topping this year's list, Austin, Texas at No. 1 and Denver, Colo., at No. 2. The highest nearby towns: Raleigh-Durham, N.C. (No. 10), Asheville, N.C. (No. 16), and Charlotte, N.C. (No. 20). Charleston came in at No. 45, Atlanta (No. 57), and Columbia (No. 67).
Nominations Open For Inaugural SC Women In Business Awards: Integrated Media Publishing announces the launch of the first SC Women in Business Awards presented by Greenville Business Magazine, Columbia Business Monthly, and Charleston Business Magazine.

The 2019 SC Women In Business Awards are for female entrepreneurs, executives, employees, and the organizations they fund who are making a difference. This prestigious award will honor selected businesswomen across South Carolina based on career achievements, contributions to their company, and community involvement.

An award ceremony will be held in July. The recipients will be featured in the June issues of Columbia Business Monthly and Greenville Business Magazine and the July/August issue of Charleston Business Magazine.

Nominations are open and forms can be found here.


The winners of this year's Tacos N Tequila contest have been announced: The contestants were tasked with coming up with new cocktails featuring Lunazul 100% Agave Tequila in a competition held this past Sunday at the Old Cigar Warehouse sponsored by High Spirits Hospitality. The winners are: 

Best Overall Lunazul Tequila Cocktail: Tacos & Mas, Hector Batista 

People’s Choice Lunazul Tequila Cocktail: On The Roxx, Jeremy Krauze

Most Creative Lunazul Tequila Cocktail: Nose Dive

Best Overall Taco: Willy Taco, Willy’s Team

People’s Choice Taco: Chuy’s Tex Mex, Amanda Nubson

Most Creative Taco: Restaurant 17, Haydn Shaak

Best Side Kick: Restaurant 17, Haydn Shaak

Social Media Star: On The Roxx, Jeremy Krauze

The pro-public transit coalition Greenville Connects is encouraging Greenvillians to contact their council members and encourage them to support Greenlink via a form email. The text of the email focuses on public transportation as an important component to economic growth.

According to a July 2018 survey of downtown workers by the Workforce Data Collaborative, 25% of workers would use or probably use bus service if routes were expanded and operated longer hours. Under the same circumstances, 43% of employers would offer a bus stipend to employees. 

Currently, bus lines primarily follow old routes leading to and from textile mills and villages on the city and county's east side, with limited routes reaching the neighborhoods in Taylors, Greer, Mauldin, and Simpsonville. 

One issue that seems to be a sore point for bus advocates: a feeling that Greenville County does not adequately help fund Greenlink despite huge numbers of riders living outside city limits. 
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Clemson alumni’s invention gets Mark Cuban investment on ‘Shark Tank’ (Anderson Independent-Mail)

Meet the South Carolina teachers working 2nd and 3rd jobs to pay the bills (Post and Courier)

Ray Dalio Sounds a New Alarm on Capitalism’s Flaws, Warns of Revolution (Bloomberg)

Boeing Cutting Production Rate of Troubled 737 Max Jet (Manufacturing.Net)

Delays at U.S.-Mexico border crossing hits autos, trucks still lining up (AutoNews)

Waypoint Robotics launches 3,000-lb.-carrying heavy-duty omnidirectional autonomous mobile robot (The Robot Report)

Amazon Wants You to Use Alexa to Track Health Care (WSJ)

The Army Wants AI to Read Soldiers’ Minds (Defense One)

Purple Creme Oreos Will Celebrate the Moon Landing, Apparently (Food & Wine)

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Kate Dabbs
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Age 30

When I first graduated from Furman University, my idea of leadership was quite different. As a younger professional, I thought of leadership as more of a resume builder, where the goal was to join as many things as possible and pursue positions of influence.

However, when part-time graduate school with full-time working became a delicate Tetris of time management, I had to let some of my commitments go. I kept the ones that connected most with my passions, skills, and personal mission, so to speak. Though this was an adjustment that initially made me feel somehow less of a leader, I learned a valuable lesson that informs how I lead today. 

Now, I see leadership as a daily practice of continuously making decisions that are sometimes hard—all for the betterment of the people I serve. It is a minute-by-minute choice to do the thing that will take longer to make sure it is right or the conversation that will be uncomfortable but will help others enjoy a happy and harmonious workplace. It is leading by living a life of integrity, diligence, and kindness.

Of course, connecting to organizations beyond my daily work is a vital element of leadership, and I am enjoying those roles more than I ever have. My biggest lesson has been to see it more as a lifestyle and less as a collection of good deeds.