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Increasing UTC funds means good business for City of Greer
JUL 31, 2012

Hal Johnson is the president and chief executive officer of the Upstate SC Alliance.

By Hal Johnson
Op-Ed

Local economic development groups in City of Greer now have more money in the pot to help foster concrete business growth thanks to the recent change in the South Carolina Utility Tax Credit laws. This change in the UTC law, along with the recent SCEDA legislation, and the state reoccurring funds for the Upstate SC Alliance mean great things for the entire state of South Carolina.

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Safety recall issued for BFGoodrich, UNIROYAL commercial light truck replacement tires
JUL 26, 2012

BFGoodrich and UNIROYAL tires today announced a voluntary safety recall for approximately 841,000  BFGoodrich, Commercial T/A,  A/S and UNIROYAL Laredo HD/H tires in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.  Two sizes of each tire are affected and they are typically found on commercial light trucks and full-sized heavy duty vans. Approximately 799,900 of these tires were sold in the U.S.

The BFGoodrich and UNIROYAL brands are owned and operated by Michelin North America, Inc.

No deaths or injuries have been reported in connection with the recalled tires.

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CPW customers want more online billing options
JUL 25, 2012

A lot of Greer Commission of Public Works customers had a lot of nice things to say about the utilities company and its practices. That’s the good part of surveys.

The difficult part is taking solicited suggestions and putting them into action plans.

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Stevens Aviation delivers XOJET Challenger
JUL 24, 2012

Stevens Aviation completed a project to refurbish and repaint a Bombardier Challenger 300 for XOJET, Inc. In a ceremony at the Stevens Aviation location at the SC Technology and Aviation Center (GYH), General Manager Paul Witt and Paint Shop Supervisor Marvel Bailey formally delivered the aircraft to David Colbert, Vice President of Technical Operations for XOJET.

The Challenger 300 delivered is the first aircraft in a program designed to enhance the XOJET fleet. A Cessna Citation X is scheduled to be the next aircraft in the project led by Stevens Aviation.

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Residential permits for the month
JUL 21, 2012

Greer experienced an upbeat month, June 20 – July 20 in housing permits filed at City Hall. The list is provided as a public service by GreerToday.com.

Residential properties are listed by address, development, builder, cost, square footage and zoning.

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Greer Chamber chosen most outstanding in the Carolinas
JUL 21, 2012

Greer Chamber chosen most outstanding in the Carolinas

The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce picked up two prestigious awards at the Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce (CACCE) conference in Pawleys Island today.

Greer earned the inaugural Outstanding Chamber of the Year for the CACCE and was recognized for winning the Communications of Year program for last January’s annual banquet with Gov. Nikki Haley the guest speaker.

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Walmart Neighborhood Grocery, Greer Plaza facade upfit filed
JUL 20, 2012

The building permit for the $768,500 upfit of the Greer Plaza and Walmart Neighborhood Market façade has been filed with the city. Work has begun on the Greer Plaza parking lot and facade work is getting underway.

The building permit for the $768,500 upfit of the Greer Plaza and Walmart Neighborhood Market façade has been filed with the city. Work has already begun on the buildings. Belk is not included in the new façade project. Sherman Construction of Piedmont has the contract.

The parking lot is undergoing a complete renovation with islands, new lights and landscaping.  Greer Plaza is owned by a Miami, Fla., firm.

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Bill Davis was a craft beer connoisseur before it was cool
JUL 12, 2012

Bill Davis stands with his dog, Porter, during my visit with him and a tour of the Thomas Creek Brewery.

When I walked into Thomas Creek Brewery on Piedmont Highway in Greenville, I was greeted by co-owner, Bill Davis, a man who could be Santa Claus’s brother with his great smile and full white beard.

Bill was a craft beer connoisseur before it was cool. He fell in love with craft beer when he tasted the delicious brews he discovered on the West Coast, an area he traveled during his career with Craig Gaulden Davis when microbrewing was getting its start.

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Greer targeted for inland port; study to determine jobs, logistics
JUL 9, 2012

The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) has identified Greer as an inland port that will be developed to improve the efficiency of international container movements between Charleston and the Upstate. The inland port will serve the international and national communities.

The $23.5 million project is scheduled to take 18 months to build and create about 80-100 jobs upon completion, according to city council members. The project is pending approval of a $1.1 million engineering study with Patrick Engineering and its South Carolina partner Davis and Floyd.

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Quick Lane opens at new D&D Motors location
JUL 5, 2012

Bill Bannister has been hired as general manager at Quick Lane on E. Wade Hampton Bld.

Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center has opened where D&D Motors is building its new showroom and expanded repair center at 13657 W. Wade Hampton Blvd. The automotive and tire center is a separate entity of D&D Motors.

D&D Motors’ new showroom and repair center is scheduled to open in October.

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Martin graduates, Owens completes 3rd year at IOM
JUL 5, 2012

Dana Martin has graduated from the Institute of Organization Management (IOM) and Mark Owens has completed his third year.

Martin is membership director for the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce and Owens is vice president.

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Greer Relief has full time position available
JUL 2, 2012

Greer Relief has a full time position available with the BenefitBank and VITA programs.

Recruitment begins this week for this program and will have everyone placed by Aug. 8.

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Greer Chamber among 5 in Carolinas for elite award
JUL 1, 2012

The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce has been named a finalist for the Outstanding Chamber of the Year for the Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (CACCE). It’s the first time the CACCE has established the award. The application year is June 1, 2011 through May 3 this year.

"To be recognized by our peers throughout the Carolinas is quite an honor. However, having our members and community succeed is the highest honor," stated Allen Smith, President/CEO of the Greer chamber.

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