Monday, December 9, 2019
Producing our policy agenda — and keeping it nimble enough to react to the rapidly changing political scene — is the most challenging thing we achieve each year. It’s equal parts reacting to needs, predicting the future, and ...
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
The Greenville Chamber has called for the consolidation of the county’s wastewater districts since 2017. This week, both the Greenville County Council and Greenville Legislative Delegation will begin debate on the issue.
We’re happy to ...
Thursday, July 11, 2019
For years, South Carolinians joked and complained about the condition of our state’s roads. Now, three years after the General Assembly agreed on a solution, the state DOT is making good on its promise.
In our post-fact political discourse, ...
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
This op-ed was first published in the Greenville Business Magazine.
The Palmetto State is largely known as a business-friendly state in most categories. Each year, business groups promote a legislative agenda that pushes critical needs for our ...
Thursday, April 25, 2019
The Upstate Chamber Coalition recently sent a letter to Peter McCoy (R-Charleston), the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, urging him to hold a hearing on H. 3758, or the Fair Share Bill. Due to the unintended consequences caused by the ...
Monday, April 22, 2019
The Upstate Chamber Coalition presidents recently sent a letter to House Speaker Jay Lucas (R-Hartsville) to urge him to move pension reform through the House of Representatives. This is a critical issue because problems with the pension system are ...
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Businesses across the Upstate tell us every day that their number one concern is the availability of a trained workforce. The essential building blocks of a strong workforce begin with a strong education system. The essential building blocks of a ...
Monday, November 5, 2018
Give your employees time off to vote Tuesday.
A politically engaged Upstate is good for the economy.
Politics is a sensitive topic in the workplace – especially these days, when national controversy swirls around every tweet. And ...
Friday, October 5, 2018
The General Assembly returned to session this week to tie up some loose ends — and put the cherry on top of the sundae for the Upstate Chamber Coalition’s 2018 priorities.
This week, the House and Senate overrode the governor’s ...
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Earlier this month, the Greenville Chamber and Upstate Chamber Coalition took 50 business leaders to Washington. After the first day, one of our attendees wrote on Facebook: “I am WAY out of my league sitting here.”
No, I replied, ...
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Congress has approved sweeping reforms to the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010, which enacted sweeping new regulations on banks of all sizes.
Last year, we worked with Senator Graham’s office to convene more than a dozen Upstate banks to discuss the ...
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Tonight, at 11:59 pm, it’s “Crossover Day” at the Statehouse. This is the day when legislation has to cross from the House to the Senate, or the Senate to the House, and still be considered under the normal rules. After crossover, ...
Thursday, December 21, 2017
The U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs rejected Scott Garrett’s nomination to be chairman of the Export-Import Bank. This is a major victory for the nearly 20,000 South Carolina jobs that depend on the bank – ...
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
When the Upstate business community committed to our 2017 Legislative Agenda, we wrote an ambitious agenda that would drive our region into the future.
Better roads. An expanded workforce. Support for fast-growing, innovative companies. Fixing our ...
Friday, June 2, 2017
Upstate Banks Meet with Federal Staff on Repealing Dodd-Frank
Friday, March 31, 2017
National politics gets all the media attention, but it's what happens at City Hall that might have more impact on your business than any hot button issue in Washington (healthcare is an obvious exception).
While the national rhetoric ranges ...
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Timmons is a newcomer to elected politics but has hit the ground running...
Monday, February 27, 2017
If this isn’t the last resort, how bad does it need to get?
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
We're introducing you to your local political leaders -- the men and women who have a direct impact on...
Thursday, February 2, 2017
THE TAKEAWAY: The business community welcomes the rule changes and we hope it means more pro-business legislation passed in the coming session.
It's among the most mundane and boring parts of a legislative body, but when you know the rules of our ...
Thursday, January 19, 2017
The Takeaway: We will make it easier to do business in Greenville.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Monday, November 28, 2016
A Federal judge in Texas issued a temporary injunction stopping the...
Friday, October 28, 2016
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
It’s easy to think that little is going on. Nothing could be further from the truth...
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Monday, July 25, 2016
We thank our legislators for their hard work on a number of critical issues.
Friday, July 1, 2016
The impact could be significant on the Upstate if...
Monday, June 20, 2016
We’re happy to report that we enjoyed a string of business successes that will propel our economy into the future. Those successes are reflected in this report.
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Since my last column was published, I’ve spoken to about a dozen groups about what’s at stake in this year’s elections. I’m not talking about the stakes in November’s Presidential election. I’m talking about ...