Posts Tagged ‘Incentives’

SC Senator Shane Massey

Posted on: December 4th, 2017 by Allison Andrews

Panelists Mike Brenan, President, BB&T South Carolina, and Neal Robbins, Publisher, North State Journal, talk to special guest Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey about the possible sale of Santee Cooper, the state-owned electric utility after a bungled nuclear deal. Tax reform and incentives are also among the topics discussed.

County Manager Panel

Posted on: July 25th, 2015 by Allison Andrews

County Managers/Administrators from Mecklenburg, Wake, Richland and Greenville Counties look at the biggest issues and opportunities facing the regions largest cities.

NC Secretary of Commerce John Skvarla

Posted on: July 11th, 2015 by Allison Andrews

Special Guest John Skvarla joins panelists Jonathan Kappler, Director of State Government Relations for the UNC System and Bill Mahoney, CEO, SCRA to discuss trends, opportunities and threats to the regions economic development.

Flexibility in Recruiting

Posted on: March 28th, 2014 by admin

The newly-formed Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina is designed to cut bureaucracy for companies in the state while adding speed and flexibility to the job of luring new business to the region, according to John Lassiter, chairman of the group’s Board of Directors. On this program, Lassiter explains the other goals of the nonprofit spun from the N.C. Department of Commerce, as well as his ideas for adding new incentives for innovative research at the state’s universities. Doug Copeland with the Triad Business Journal  and Dr. Frank Hefner of the College of Charleston join the conversation.


Banking Autonomy

Posted on: December 6th, 2013 by admin

A merger earlier this year by South Carolina Bank and Trust and Charleston-based First Federal created the fourth-largest bank by assets in South Carolina. Still, First Financial Holdings, Inc. CEO Robert Hill believes the company is still a community bank, giving autonomy to its leaders in its local markets and encouraging executives to take a leadership role in economic development. On this program, Hill discusses the acceptance of the merger by shareholders and the work which remains in stabilizing the communities hardest hit by the recession. Gregg Robinson of Orangeburg County Development Commission and Greg Fitzsimon of NC Policy Watch join the conversation.


The Fact Checkers

Posted on: October 4th, 2013 by admin

In an era of hyper-partisanship and continuous political spin, reporters often spend most of their time sifting through rhetoric to identify the facts behind policy issues. At the same time, many newsrooms are operating with fewer people to produce thoughtful and meaningful research. On this program, we discuss the role of reporters in explaining the meaning behind policy decisions and the task of monitoring the people running our government. Adam Beam of The State, Tim Boyum of News 14 Carolina, Corey Hutchins of Charleston City Paper, and Jim Morrill of the Charlotte Observer candidly discuss the pitfalls and passion in covering Carolina politics.


Competitive Incentives

Posted on: March 22nd, 2013 by admin

Recent job announcements in the Carolinas seem to indicate the region is well on its way to economic recovery. The efforts leading to the added employment have been years in the making, with policy makers aggressively recruiting companies and protecting the incentive packages which are not always viewed favorably by the electorate. On this program, our panel of experts discuss the work of keeping politicians of each political party on the same page for the sake of the economy and the importance of good education policy as a recruitment tool. Kit Cramer of the Asheville Chamber of Commerce, Lewis Gossett of the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance, Dr. Frank Hefner of the College of Charleston, and Dr. David Swindell of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte join the conversation.


Job Number One

Posted on: July 29th, 2011 by admin

While recent announcements of company expansions and relocations in the Carolinas offer some hope that the region’s economy is improving, double-digit unemployment remains the reality in both states. On this program, the state chamber chiefs Lew Ebert of the N.C. Chamber of Commerce and Otis Rawl of the S.C. Chamber of Commerce discuss the initiatives designed to create jobs and the public policy debates and decisions which may be stifling those efforts.

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