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October 31, 2014   Chamber Website Facebook Twitter YouTube

SC Ports Authority Chief Jim Newsome Named 2014 Public Servant of the Year
Newsome to be honored at South Carolina Chamber Annual Summit, November 13


South Carolina Ports Authority President & CEO James I. “Jim” Newsome, III. will be honored as the 2014 Public Servant of the Year by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the state’s unified voice of business. Newsome will receive the award at the Chamber’s 35th Annual Summit during a dinner with 250 fellow business leaders on November 13, 2014 at Wild Dunes Resort on the Isle of Palms.

“South Carolina is now the nation’s ninth-busiest container port by volume thanks in large part to Jim Newsome’s leadership,” said Otis Rawl, president and CEO of the South Carolina Chamber. Rawl cited the Port’s 10-year, $2 billion series of capital improvements including harbor deepening, a new container terminal in North Charleston, an inland port in Greer and improvements to the Wando Terminal in Mt. Pleasant, among other improvements. Rawl also praised Newsome for supporting economic development priorities, including the Chamber’s No. 1 priority: infrastructure.

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What Makes South Carolina Just Right?

There are so many interesting facts about the state of South Carolina that you might not know. For example, Condé Nast readers ranked Charleston the #1 city in the United States for the third consecutive year. And Forbes ranked South Carolina’s regulatory environment fifth best in the nation for business.. The SC Just Right campaign is looking for your stories about living, working or playing in South Carolina. When we ask ourselves why a company should relocate to South Carolina, the answer can be found in any one of the following: What did you do in South Carolina last weekend? What’s one of your fondest memories of South Carolina? What’s something that’s just “So South Carolina?”

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Sustainability in South Carolina

The September/October edition of South Carolina Business magazine featured John D. Williams of Domtar, whose Bennettsville SC plant exemplifies sustainability. In Beyond the Pages, the South Carolina Chamber’s multimedia manager Penny D. Cothran sits down with Williams to talk about what makes this paper mill unique. Not only does the company subscribe to both a greener input and output, but they’ve managed to make their company sustainable by not only surviving but thriving. They use the entire tree for both the paper pulp and the energy supply to make the paper. Read the article here, or watch the videos below to learn more.

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5th Annual Manufacturers Conference offers new opportunities in a new location

Calling all manufacturers! In order to sustain the success of manufacturing in the state, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 5th Annual Manufacturers Conference: Leading the Way, set for February 11-13, 2015 in Greenville. South Carolina’s manufacturing community is the foundation of the state’s economy, and the South Carolina Chamber works each day to ensure that it profits and grows. This year’s conference focuses on a variety of issues including finance, workforce development, energy, export, permitting, health care and labor and much more. Conference topics will be strategic in nature with statewide and nationally recognized speakers. A complete agenda will be posted very soon.

Not only will the conference be held in a new location, for the first time we will offer a variety of breakout sessions on Thursday afternoon to include topics like health care, workforce development, tax-saving export strategies and the inland port. We invite you to bring various members of your staff to learn, network and engage.

Various sponsorship opportunities are available starting at just $600.  For event sponsorship inquiries, please contact Paul Dunn, sponsorships and advertising manager, at 803.255.2566.

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