March 2020 Features

  • SC Codes Launches Free Java Concepts Course

    March 31, 2020

    SC Codes, a statewide program aimed at providing free access to code education to all residents of South Carolina, launched a new online programming course titled “Java Concepts.” It’s one of several free courses available on the SC Codes platform aimed at helping upskill the workforce and fill the void of unfilled technology jobs in the state.

  • 3D Systems Doing Its Part to Overcome COVID-19 Medical Device and Personal Protection Equipment Shortage

    March 30, 2020

    The rapid spread of COVID-19 has put the healthcare industry under tremendous strain as it struggles to provide care for affected patients while facing a staggering shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) and life-saving medical devices. In response, 3D Systems has pledged its support to help medical device manufacturers and hospitals bridge the supply chain gap for resources to help overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Changing Property Management Landscape Due To Coronavirus

    March 30, 2020

    Expect changing property management conditions due to the effort to minimize virus risks and virus impacts. Tenants may experience income issues due to virus issues and the economy, impacting rents.

  • Lancaster County, SC Approves Substantial Incentives to Bring Life-Saving Medical Products Manufacturing to the United States

    March 27, 2020

    The Lancaster County Council has unanimously approved a resolution introduced by the Lancaster County Department of Economic Development that the County hopes will begin to address the supply chain vulnerability of the nation’s life-saving medical products industry due to offshoring.

  • SC Unemployment Claims Jump 30,000 in 1 Week as Coronavirus Impact Sidelines Workers

    March 27, 2020

    Intrastate Initial Claims: (within the state) In the week ending March 21, 2020, the advance figures for South Carolina intrastate initial claims* was 31,054, an increase of approximately 1600% from the previous week’s count of 1,996.

  • Corsica Technologies: How Does A Rise in Remote Workers Effect Cyber Security?

    March 26, 2020

    Businesses around the world are proving their resilience during the current state of pandemic brought on by Coronavirus or COVID-19 by embracing remote work. Traditional commuters are now connecting remotely to their office networks and using video conferencing at an increasing rate. This sudden change is proving to be a challenge for broadband Internet providers worldwide by increasing traffic and straining their systems like never before.

  • CAGC Fights to Keep Construction Essential in the Carolinas

    March 25, 2020

    In response to the COVID-9 crisis, Carolinas AGC (CAGC) is urging the Governors of North Carolina and South Carolina to consider all construction to be an essential service in the event there is a shelter-in-place order.

  • Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program Seeks Applicants

    March 25, 2020

    The Agribusiness Center for Research and Entrepreneurship (ACRE), an initiative of the South Carolina Department of Agriculture, is now accepting applications for its spring Entrepreneurship Program.

  • Business Leaders Call for Infrastructure Investment to Jump Start the COVID-19 Economy

    March 25, 2020

    The Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board (CED) calls for policymakers and businesses to work together to put an emphasis on infrastructure spending now in order to kick start the US economy in the face of the COVID-19 related downturn.

  • South Carolina Realtors: COVID-19 Real Estate Update

    March 24, 2020

    In these uncertain times one thing is certain; SCR continues to work for you. As we navigate through this fluid situation, news is changing by the hour, and sometimes the minute. You have questions, and we are working diligently to find the answers.

  • Clemson Extension’s 4-H @ Home Helps Learning Continue for Youth Everywhere

    March 24, 2020

    Schools might be closed, but a new program from Clemson Cooperative Extension is helping the learning continue in every South Carolina county, 25 U.S. states and even internationally.

  • One SC Fund Activated to Fund Statewide COVID-19 Response Efforts

    March 23, 2020

    The One SC Fund, housed at Central Carolina Community Foundation, has been activated with support from Governor Henry McMaster, to provide a collaborative statewide response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to South Carolina Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus

    March 23, 2020

    The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to South Carolina small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today. SBA acted under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, to declare a disaster following a request received from Gov. Henry McMaster on March 17, 2020.

  • AT&T Creates $10M Fund to Support Parents, Teachers and Students Throughout COVID-19 School Closures

    March 23, 2020

    AT&T is creating a Distance Learning and Family Connections Fund to give parents, students and teachers tools they need for at-home learning. The fund also will provide resources to maintain meaningful connections and bonding opportunities for those isolated from family and friends.

  • Senator Scott on Coronavirus Relief and Work Still To Do

    March 20, 2020

    U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) discussed COVID-19 legislation passed by the U.S. Senate. Senator Scott remains in Washington to work on the next COVID-19 relief package, which will focus on ensuring American families, health care workers and small businesses have access to support during these challenging times.

  • The Impact of Coronavirus on Real Estate Transactions in South Carolina

    March 20, 2020

    In times such as these it is more important that REALTORS® do what they do best and that’s get deals done. Now more than ever is a time to distinguish yourself by keeping in mind Articles 1 and 13 of the Code of Ethics. Article 1 requires that you treat all parties honestly while still promoting the best interests of your client.

  • SC Hospitals Are Responding to the Coronavirus Outbreak

    March 19, 2020

    Since the COVID-19 outbreak began, South Carolina hospitals have been committed, as always, to providing the best care possible to the communities they serve.

  • More Than $43M in Coastal Resilience Grants Announced for Communities Devastated by 2018 Natural Disasters

    March 19, 2020

    The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management announced more than $43 million in grants to improve the resilience of local communities and wildlife habitat in the face of increasingly severe and frequent natural disasters.

  • SC Ports Sees Strong Volumes, Progress at Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal

    March 18, 2020

    S.C. Ports Authority had a record February for both cargo volumes at oceanside terminals and rail moves at inland ports.

  • Comporium Providing 60 Days of Free Internet Service to Students

    March 17, 2020

    With the continuing spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), South Carolina Governor, Henry McMaster and North Carolina Governor, Roy Cooper, made the difficult decision to close all public schools through the end of March. Knowing that our students and their parents will need greater access to broadband, Comporium is offering 60 days of free service to new customers in homes where a student lives.

  • U.S. Entrepreneurship Levels Continue On An Upward Trend

    March 11, 2020

    Indicating strong health of entrepreneurship, both entrepreneurial activity and established business ownership in the United States have trended upward over the past 19 years, according to the 2019–2020 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Global Report, released March 3rd at the GEM Annual Meeting.

  • SC Ports Reports Strong Cargo Volumes

    March 10, 2020

    S.C. Ports Authority opens in a new window saw steady container volumes in early 2020 and recorded the highest February ever for both cargo volumes and rail moves at inland ports.

  • York Technical College Strengthens Partnership with Local School District

    March 06, 2020

    York Technical College has expanded its alliance with the Rock Hill School District to offer dual enrollment criminal justice courses to students in order to help them get an early start with a career in law enforcement.

  • SCDOT Provides Update on Strategic 10-Year Plan

    March 06, 2020

    The South Carolina Department of Transportation has significantly increased its work program with $3.2 billion in construction projects statewide, according to Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall who updated the S.C. Senate Transportation Committee on the agency's strategic 10-year plan to improve South Carolina's roads and bridges.

  • BMW Manufacturing Remains Largest U.S. Automotive Exporter by Value

    March 03, 2020

    BMW Manufacturing led the nation in automotive exports by value for the sixth consecutive year, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Commerce. During 2019, the South Carolina plant exported 246,014 BMW X models with a total export value of approximately $9.6 billion.