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March 3, 2015   Chamber Website Facebook Twitter YouTube

Infrastructure Forum Features Strong Words from Legislators


Last Tuesday, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce hosted the second annual Infrastructure Forum, presented by the South Carolina Tire Manufacturers Council. The Forum featured many national and statewide speakers as well as a very vocal legislative panel. Check out images from the day!

Senator Larry Grooms (Berkeley) began by telling business leaders, “We passed a reform bill, now it’s time to fund the agency,” referring to the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT). “We have to do something,” he said. Senator Thomas McElveen (Sumter) agreed. “The next generation will have real trouble if we don’t do anything.” Hear more from Sen. Grooms.

Representative Russell Ott (Orangeburg) voiced his frustration that “there is a lot of agreement between Republicans and Democrats on infrastructure, yet we have a product of inaction over the years.” He urged business leaders to contact their legislators to encourage movement on the issue. Hear more from Rep. Ott.

Representative Gary Simrill (York), who led the House Ad Hoc Committee to study infrastructure, reiterated that there must be diversity in how the state creates revenue for roads and bridges. He referenced New Jersey, which has 4,000 miles of state roads but roughly the same budget to maintain them as South Carolina does. However, South Carolina has more than 40,000 miles of state roads. Hear what Rep. Simrill says about the committee’s plan.

Representative Phyllis Henderson (Greenville) told members, “We cannot go home in June without passing something or working to address the problem.”

Representative Simrill told business leaders that both the House Ad Hoc Committee proposal and Governor Nikki Haley’s proposal to fund infrastructure will be taken up by the House in the next couple of weeks.

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TransformSC Presents 2015 Spring Conference

The 2015 Spring Conference,to be held Monday, March 9 in Columbia, will be TransformSC’s third gathering of educators, students, parents, business leaders (including past chairs of the SC Chamber of Commerce: Mike Brenan, Jim Reynolds and Pamela Lackey) and elected officials. Past events focused on creating and bringing together a network of districts and schools committed to transforming K-12 public education. This year’s unique event will focus on the progress made by TransformSC’s network of 37 schools during year one of the initiative.

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Voice Your Opinion on Federal Issues with Congress

Decisions made by the federal government can have dramatic effects on businesses. Come express your opinions and hear the responses of members of Congress at Washington Night in South Carolina, presented by AT&T. This annual event is your opportunity to visit with and tell your congressional representatives how they can make federal policy decisions that will benefit South Carolina and enable the business community to prosper. Various sponsorship opportunities are still available starting at just $300.

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Deadline fast approaching: BEST PLACES TO WORK in South Carolina

The South Carolina Chamber, the publishers of SCBIZ and Best Companies Group have partnered for the 10th consecutive year to produce the Best Places to Work in South Carolina program. These awards are dedicated to identifying and recognizing South Carolina’s most innovative and top-notch employers. Upon completion of an assessment process, all participating companies will receive an Employee Feedback Report, which details results of their specific survey. Similar reports can cost thousands of dollars if initiated independently. Those companies selected as Best Places to Work will be honored during a reception and dinner on August 6 at the Columbia Marriott, presented by Colonial Life. To be eligible for consideration, companies must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a for-profit or not-for-profit business or government entity
  • Be a publicly or privately held business
  • Have a facility in South Carolina
  • Have a minimum of 15 employees working in South Carolina
  • Be in business a minimum of one year

View the 2015 program timeline. For questions regarding the registration process or if you do not receive your confirmation email within 24 business hours after submission, please contact Katie Springman at or call 877-455-2159.

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Discover your Inner HR Superhero

Everyone has a Superhero inside of them that is capable of discovering and delivering their very best. Attend the 25th Annual HR Conference, presented by Jackson Lewis P.C. set for May 6-8, and tap into your own passion, purpose and potential. It’s a can’t-miss event for the HR professional with an interest in staying ahead of the ongoing challenges that HR professionals face each day. The conference offers educational and networking opportunities that will provide the tools, techniques and resources you need to be successful. Conference topics will focus on a variety of issues including:

  • Employee engagement              
  • Diversity leadership
  • Workplace bullying
  • HR policy
  • Union avoidance and labor issues
  • Safety update
  • Employee retaliation
  • Workplace leave issues
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