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City's Ridgill graduates UNC information officer program
DEC 13, 2011

Jim Ridgill

Jim Ridgill, Information Technology Manager for the City of Greer, is one of nine public sector leaders from South Carolina to successfully complete the 2011 Certified Government Chief Information Officers (CGCIO) Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Government.

The program, offered in conjunction with the Municipal Association of South Carolina, is the first program in the nation specific to local government CIOs.  The program encompasses the broad spectrum of responsibilities facing those IT professionals, including management, leadership, legal, regulatory, and enterprise topics.

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City hands out Christmas bonuses; $23,150 purchased through initiative
DEC 9, 2011

Merchants that are members of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce will begin seeing more green flowing into their cash registers. The chamber has announced $23,150 has been purchased through its "Keep the Green in Greater Greer" shop local initiative.

The city of Greer purchased $20,000 worth of gift cards and presented them to city employees at this morning's annual Christmas breakfast. Each full-time employee received a $100 gift card and part-timers received $50. The cards are redeemable at any of the 688 chamber members' businesses that accept MasterCard, Visa or Discover.

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Barroco Mexican Bistro closes
DEC 8, 2011

The Barroco Mexican Bistro at 906 W. Poinsett Street has closed.

The restaurant featured Mexican and Latin American cuisine with a price point of $9 to $15 and served lunch and dinner. The owners up fit the restaurant with a bar to serve wine, beer and alcoholic beverages.

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X3 sales steer BMW Group to record month
DEC 7, 2011

The BMW Group continued on its positive course in November – sales climbed to 138,978 vehicles, an increase of 7.7 percent over the previous year (py) (129,001). Global sales of BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brand automobiles rose to 1,510,862 (py 1,319,808) units in the first 11 months of the year, 14.5 percent more than in the same period last year and a new record for the company. 

The Greer-based BMW Manufacturing Co. - assembled X3 broke through the 100,000-unit mark for sales to the end of November. With 106,103 vehicles sold, this highly-successful model grew at a rate of 157.3 percent (py 41,242 as production was ramping up). Ian Robertson, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Sales and Marketing: “This was our best ever November sales month, with growth right across the world. We have already sold more vehicles in the first eleven months of this year than in the whole of 2010 and we have also broken our sales record from 2007 (1,500,678). This puts our record sales target for the full year of more than 1.6 million vehicles well within reach. In November, the main impetus for growth came from the BMW X3, the BMW 5 Series and the BMW 6 Series – with further momentum from the new BMW 1 Series, which has been available on the market since (September 18) and has already received several awards from automotive media.”

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Tis' the season for shoplifters
DEC 6, 2011

Tis’ the season for shoplifters, according to Greer Police Department Lt. Jim Holcombe and the National Retail Federation (NRF).

Holcombe concurs with the NRF’s finding that 40 percent of theft caused by shoplifting typically happens during the holiday season.

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Danner selected for Ten at the Top executive committee
DEC 5, 2011

Greer Mayor Rick Danner has been selected as a member of the executive committee for Ten at the Top an economic arm that encompasses 10 counties in the upstate.

The 60-member board comprises business, non-profit and civic leaders. They are charged with representing the region and their community in fostering trust and collaboration within the region, serving as an advocate for regional thinking within their specific city or county, assisting TATT in engaging elected officials, business and community leaders within their community, and supporting general organizational functions. 

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'C'mon man' goes to the Greer Chamber for mystery guest!
DEC 3, 2011

This “C’mon man” goes to the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce courtesy of all the participants who suggested the mystery speaker for today’s First Friday luncheon.
GreerToday.com offered a $25 gift card to Wild Ace Pizza and Pub to the person who correctly guessed the mystery speaker.

Abraham Lincoln. That’s right, the 16th President of the United States, portrayed by Gerald Young Pitts was the mystery speaker. Pitts, near the same stature of Lincoln at 6-foot-4, wore a black long-tailed suit with the trademark tall top hat reminiscent of the Civil War period. He was in character throughout including entering the room to Allen Smith’s introduction featuring a U.S. flag on wide screen TVs and music to “Hail to the Chief”.
The chamber offered "A penny for your thoughts" as a clue late Thursday. 

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Greer manufactured SAVs boost BMW Group sales
DEC 1, 2011

The BMW Group in the U.S. reported November sales of 26,271 vehicles, an increase of 14.8 percent from the 22,883 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago.  Year-to-date, BMW Group sales are up 14.6 percent to 272,873 in the first 11 months of 2011 compared to 238,157 in the same period in 2010.

Sales of BMW Sports Activity Vehicles (X3, X5 and X6) increased by 90.6 percent in November to 7,793 vehicles from the 4,088 sold last November.  Year-to-date, sales of SAVs were also up 51.3 percent, to 64,232 vehicles compared to the 42,461 sold in the first 11 months of 2010.

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BMW, Toyota partnering on environmentally friendly technologies
DEC 1, 2011

BMW and Toyota have agreed to work together on green car technologies, specifically the development of lithium-ion batteries for electric and hybrid vehicles, the heads of both companies said today at the Tokyo Auto Show. 

BMW agreed to supply Japanese carmaker Toyota with clean 1.6- and 2-liter diesel engines beginning in 2014 in Europe as part of the partnership. Toyota plans to expand its European football and sell more fuel-efficient, diesel cars.

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Penny for your thoughts can turn into $25 gift card
DEC 1, 2011

Here’s the hint the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce sent to its members for First Friday’s mystery guest: “Penny for your thoughts?”  

The chamber’s staff has been giddily smug keeping the guest’s identity secret for the final Friday meeting this year. 

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