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December 9, 2014   Chamber Website Facebook Twitter YouTube

Act 98 infrastructure Projects on track

Resurfacing Projects completing on time


The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) announced last week that projects funded directly by, or benefiting from the 2013-passed Act 98, have surpassed target goals in some areas. The announcement of how these 2013-passed funding resources have been put to work was made in a report to the SCDOT Commission at its monthly meeting. Act 98 of 2013 provided SCDOT with some additional funding and prioritization for bridge, resurfacing and mainline interstate projects. All projects identified for funding have been prioritized and selected based on Act 114 prioritization criteria and include road resurfacing, bridge replacements and interstate improvements.

Act 98 represented the first significant investment in infrastructure since 1987, but South Carolina infrastructure needs still top $600 million per year. The business community and others are calling on the Executive Branch and General Assembly to work together to find a comprehensive and sustainable solution for funding roads and bridges in 2015. 

Consider these facts:

  • Just 29 percent South Carolinians are riding on what is considered “good” pavement right now.
  • 31 percent of our interstates experience recurring congestion.
  • Almost half of our primary roads are rated in “poor” condition.
  • There are 830 structurally deficient bridges that our citizens are riding on every day. Almost half of those are load restricted, meaning businesses have to reroute trucks just to do daily business.
Critically important to the business community is
  • Widening projects on interstates
  • Fixing load restricted and deficient bridges, and
  • Resurfacing existing roadways.
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The deadline to register for OSHA Recordkeeping, Effective Safety and Health Programs and Forklift Training is Thursday, December 11. 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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The Competitiveness Agenda Series, in its second year, will feature four separate forums held in Columbia on key aspects of the Chamber’s Competitiveness Agenda. You may choose to invest in one or all four forums based on your company’s needs. Stay up-to-date on changes in the law and what pending changes mean for your company and for South Carolina. View the 2015 investment opportunities. Registration is now open.

February 24 • Infrastructure Forum (Agenda available soon)
April 23 • Health Care Forum
May 19 • Environment/Energy Forum
August 18 • Workforce Development Forum

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5th Annual Manufacturers Conference: Register Now and Save!

South Carolina’s growing manufacturing community is the foundation of the state’s new economy. 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, labor and much more. Register by January 16 and save $150! View the tentative agenda.

Not only will the conference be held in a new location, but 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.

Only one exclusive investment opportunity remains. Don’t let this one-time-a-year access pass you by. For event sponsorship inquiries, please contact Paul Dunn, sponsorships and advertising manager, at 803.255.2566.

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New process for electronic submittal of apa's from Workers’ Compensation Commission

Effective January 1, 2015, documents submitted by the parties for individual Commissioner Hearings and Appellate Panel Hearings must be submitted to the Commission electronically by uploading each document as a separate file using the “eCase” portal on the Commission’s website. Forms submitted via secure email, standard email or USPS will not be accepted as service on the Commission. Click here to see a helpful table showing each document type, definition and format for single Commissioner Hearings and Appeals.

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