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December 2, 2014   Chamber Website Facebook Twitter YouTube

Paving the Way: Infrastructure Tops List of Business Priorities


This article was first published in the November/December 2014 Issue of South Carolina Business Magazine.

Anyone driving along South Carolina’s interstates has encountered severe congestion, potholes and dangerous conditions. Whether it’s Interstate 26 from Charleston to Columbia, Interstate 85 in the Upstate, Interstate 95 in the eastern part of South Carolina or a primary or secondary road anywhere in the state, one thing is clear: the time to address our roads and bridges has come. South Carolina cannot delay any longer.

In 2013, Mikee Johnson, president and CEO of Cox Industries and 2014-15 chairman of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, said, “Like thousands of other businesses, Cox Industries utilizes the state’s infrastructure on a daily basis, carrying products to and from the port and using our state’s interstates and secondary road system. Time is money. It is imperative that we have a reliable and safe infrastructure system so that commerce can easily flow throughout the state.”

Compounding the issue is the fact that the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is responsible for maintaining 40,000 miles of roads and bridges, the fourth largest state maintained system in the nation. Couple this with the fact that the Palmetto State largely relies on a 16-cent per gallon motor fuel user fee (gas tax) that has not been increased since 1987, and it is a recipe for disaster. In fact, 1987 represented the most significant investment in infrastructure in 27 years. Consider this: any citizen who accepted a job in 1987 at $15,000 per year would not expect to make $15,000 still today. That would be ludicrous. How can we reasonably expect to maintain the road system on 1987 dollars?

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2015 Advertising and Events Sponsorship Opportunities Announced

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce its 2015 slate of events and sponsor opportunities as well as 2015 advertising opportunities.
You are not obligated to commit now, but we encourage you to consider it since most of the exclusive opportunities sell out this year. Please note that many exclusive sponsorships will be available to you on a first-come, first-served basis, while others are first right of refusal for the previous year’s sponsor.  

Whether you place an ad in one of our printed or online publications or make face-to-face contact by exhibiting at one of our events, you are guaranteed an audience of professionals who are the primary decision-makers for their companies.

Now more than ever, it pays to invest in the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the state’s unified voice of business. Whether you are interested in advocacy that affects your bottom line, staying informed about key business issues, marketing your business and/or networking, you can find it all with your investment in the South Carolina Chamber. With the all new Palmetto Advantage membership investment program, Chamber members have more investment choices that can be tailored to fit their specific business needs. Along with more choices, members receive an even better return for every dollar invested in the Chamber.

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Business Speaks at the State House: Register Now 

Register early for the SC Chamber of Commerce’s legislative preview, and reserve your spot! The Chamber will host Business Speaks at the State House, presented by Zeus Industrial Products, Inc., on January 20, 2015 at 4 p.m. Business Speaks is a town hall gathering of more than 400 of South Carolina's leading business people, constitutional officers and members of the General Assembly. It provides a special opportunity to hear updates on the South Carolina Chamber's 2015 Competitiveness Agenda and speak directly with legislators.
Various sponsorship opportunities are available starting at just $300. View sponsorship opportunities. For event sponsorship inquiries, please contact Paul Dunn at 803.255.2566.

Key Senate and House members will participate in an open panel discussion on important business issues such as infrastructure needs, health care costs, energy concerns, economic development and workforce development. During the town hall meeting, the Chamber will honor legislators who scored 100 percent on the Chamber's 2014 Legislative Scorecard and are strong advocates of business. These leaders will be presented with a Business Advocate Award.

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Less than two weeks remain to register for OSHA Recordkeeping, Effective Safety and Health Programs and Forklift Training. The training will provide the skills you need to help your company reduce risk and ultimately save you money. The first half-day of training will cover the very latest in Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) recordkeeping, a safety topic that generates more confusion and questions than any other topic. The December 15 afternoon session will provide a multitude of information on effective safety and health programs. The second day of training will focus solely on Forklift Training.  View Schedule

Each of these sessions will include a review of OSHA violations consistently cited by OSHA compliance officers during inspections. A discount is available to those individuals or companies who register for both days and/or send multiple attendees. 

Wilder H. Allen is a federal OSHA authorized instructor for general industry and construction with more than 30 years of professional experience. He is a former Indiana OSHA compliance officer/trainer and is president of Safety Management Corporation, one of the leading OSHA training and compliance companies in the nation.

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Chamber Honors Business Leader of the Year, Public Servant of the Year and Sergeant William Jasper Freedom Award Recipient

First unveiled at the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Summit on November 13, the Chamber is proud to share the stories of the three men who took top honors as the 2014 Business Leader of the Year (Mike Brenan of BB&T), the Public Servant of the Year (Jim Newsome of the State Ports Authority) and the Sergeant William Jasper Freedom Award recipient (Ike McLeese, formerly of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce). Subscribe to the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce’s YouTube channel to stay current with video content such as these annual awards.

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