Filed under SC Economic Development

Sustainable Manufacturing

Decades before recycling became a public policy issue for most communities in the Carolinas, Sonoco was reclaiming discarded paper as part of its manufacturing process. The company now benefits from its heritage of environmental stewardship as it works to increase awareness of recycling as an economic engine. Sonoco CEO Harris DeLoach joins John Silvia of Wells Fargo and … Continue reading

A Blessing and a Curse

One of the first signs of an economic recovery may be in the furniture industry and the confidence of those placing new orders. However, the transport of both finished products and raw materials can be challenging with our region’s aging and strained transportation infrastructure. Our conversation includes Tom Conley, President and CEO of High Point Authority. … Continue reading

Education Investment

Lucrative incentives and tax breaks are not the only thing on the mind of prospective employers who are looking for new property in the Carolinas. Economic developers are also hearing questions from company planners about a sustainable workforce. On this program, South Carolina Chamber Chair Jim Reynolds discusses the return on investment when the business … Continue reading

Unemployment Irony

The irony behind the region’s unsettling unemployment numbers is the number of companies who are still unable to find and hire qualified workers. Matching job skills with employers’ needs is a top priority for the Carolinas’ chambers of commerce. In this episode, we talk with Tom Dayvault of High Point, Ted Hall of the Montcross Area, … Continue reading

Cultural Impact

Public institutions have been crippled by sometimes drastic budget cuts while struggling to remain prominent in the politic arena. Still, the arts and cultural humanities in both Carolina’s have aided in economic development. Our discussion includes Larry Wheeler, Director of North Carolina Museum of Art, who emphasizes the new developments and philanthropy in the art industry. … Continue reading

Carolina Econometrics

It is not clear if this is a sign that we are near a bottom in the economy but, it surely seems many people have become even more pessimistic of late. Can it be due to the European drama? Or, is it our domestic political leadership folly? Either way, our annual panel of Economists are … Continue reading

Real(ity) Estate

Maybe a little too much reality for many. With the inventory of foreclosed homes still working through the system, Carolina residential, and to a lesser extent, commercial property values are still looking for sustained good news. This week’s A-list panel gives some clarity to where we are in the cycle. Ed Fritsch, Pat Riley, David … Continue reading

Jobs Act

Unemployment in the Carolinas has remained stagnant in the wake of federal stimulus efforts and state programs aimed at creating jobs. Now, the Obama administration has introduced new policies in hopes of preventing a double-dip recession and finally making a dent in the number of jobless Americans still seeking employment. Four of our region’s brightest … Continue reading

A One-Two Punch

The region’s municipalities were dealt a one-two punch by the recession: a declining tax base and a dramatic rise in demand for many government services by citizens impacted by job loss. Most local governments have responded by trimming other programs and services which had been deemed vital in good times, but a luxury when the belt-tightening … Continue reading

Job Number One

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 … Continue reading