Aid process for flood losses has farmers waiting

Federal records show S.C. cotton production dropped 72% last year because of flooding. (Photo provided)S.C. farmers with crop losses from October’s historic flooding are facing longer waits for financial aid, partly due to changes in the 2014 Farm Bill. S.C. Farm Bureau President Harry Ott also said state lawmakers have not yet released $300 million in federal disaster assistance and have not yet approved other funding. Read More...

GSA Business Report's Power Event Series focuses on topics of interest to the Upstate business community. Watch our series video clips from our most recent events:

  • Upstate's Most Influential Leaders - At our December event, Charles Weathers provided an inspiring keynote address which was followed by a countdown of the Top 20 Most Influential Leaders.   (December 3rd, 2015)

  • Downtown Greenville Still Booming! - Panelists at our October event described changes to downtown Greenville's landscape, including the impending transformation of The Greenville News site and the opening of the ALOFT Hotel.  Greenville's Deputy City Manager provided insights on future growth.   (October 22, 2015)

Concentrix expanding in Greenville

When the dust settles on improvements being made to a building on the 2000 Wade Hampton Blvd. campus in Greenville, a somewhat new tenant will be moving in. Concentrix, a subsidiary of Synnex Corp., will move into the 144,000-square-foot, five-floor building, according to CBRE. Read More...

Riley Institute selects 21st class of diversity initiative fellows from Upstate

The Riley Institute’s Diversity Leaders Initiative has selected its 21st Class of Fellows. The 45 incoming class members will join more than 1,500 Riley fellows from across the state to participate in the program, facilitated by Juan Johnson, an independent consultant and former Coca-Cola vice president. Read More...

Report: Upstate residential building permits rise in 2015

The number of residential building permits issued in the Upstate in 2015 increased over 2014, while commercial building permits fell, according to Knoxville, Tenn.-based Market Edge. In 2015, 5,287 residential building permits were issued compared with 4,615 in 2014. Read More...

Atlanta-based Radco purchases Spartanburg properties

Atlanta-based Radco Cos. has closed on the $60.9 million purchase of two properties in Spartanburg: Chartwell at North End and Chartwell Oak Forest. The properties, which combined have 700 units, have been renamed to Willows at North End and Parkside at Laurel West, respectively. Radco now owns five properties in the Upstate. Read More...


Haley, business leaders, political leaders back workforce education bill

The S.C. Workforce Development Act creates a statewide council to develop workforce education programs, and funds scholarships and grants for programs provided by technical colleges. Getting the initiative passed is one of the S.C. Chamber of Commerce’s top issues for the General Assembly.  Read More...

Haley budget plan includes $350M for roads

In unveiling her $7.5 billion executive budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year, Gov. Nikki Haley also proposed spending $124 million to cover flood recovery costs, bolstering the state’s dam safety program, and trimming the state income tax for military retirees. Read More...