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Laura McKinney Says Farewell

Returning home to Washington after overseeing one year of growth at New Carolina

Dear New Carolina Supporters,

As many of you are already aware, I am stepping down from the position of Executive Director of New Carolina as of July 1, 2014.  My husband Jim, our children and I are returning to our home in Blaine, Washington after an extremely rewarding two years spent back where I began - in South Carolina. It is with great pride and pleasure that I welcome Ann Marie Stieritz to the leadership role for New Carolina.  I will work with Ann Marie through July and will continue to finish some projects as we make this transition.


Recycling Cluster Doubles Economic Impact to $13 Billion

A 2014 study, compiled by research economist Dr. Frank Hefner, revealed that South Carolina’s recycling cluster has doubled its economic impact in 8 years - from $6.5 billion in 2006, to $13 billion in 2014.  The boost came with a 44 percent increase in jobs and the generation of $329 million in state and local taxes.

The updated report was commissioned through a partnership between New Carolina, S.C. Department of Commerce, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control, and RecyclonomicsSC.  The organizations held a joint press conference at Tomato Palms LLC, in Columbia, on Tuesday, June 25th, to celebrate the report’s results.

TransformSC & Waccamaw REC Community Forum a Success

On Tuesday, June 10, TransformSC and the Waccamaw Regional Education Center (REC) held the Transforming Horry County Schools community forum at Blackwater Middle School in Conway. Achievements produced so far through the iCAN learning model at Whittemore Park Middle School were shared by Principal Judy Beard, and an overview of TransformSC was given by Director Peggy Torrey.  

SC Scores Strong in Manufacturing and Logistics; D Minus for Human Capital

South Carolina scored strongly amongst its peers on several key economic indicators according to Ball State University’s 2014 Manufacturing and Logistics Report.  South Carolina received “A” ratings for manufacturing and global reach, and rose from a D plus to a B minus in logistics and a D plus to a C in the expected fiscal liability gap category.  The state’s lowest rating was a “D-minus” in human capital.


2014 SC Clean Energy Summit


Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

The 2014 SC Clean Energy Summit will feature eight high-level moderated sessions focusing on the clean energy topics which matter most- policy, development, economic development and emerging technologies, and will include over three hours of facilitated networking time for all attendees. 

Dr. Frank Hefner, author of the updated study on the economic impact of the recycling cluster in South Carolina will be in attendance to discuss the findings.

2014 Aerospace Industry Day


Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
Mark your calendars and plan to participate in Aerospace Industry Day on August 19.  New Carolina's President & CEO Ann Marie Stieritz will serve on a discussion panel, and a study on the economic impact of the aerospace industry will be released.  

The day long conference will be end with the 3rd Annual Aviation Dinner.  Sponsorship opportunities are available.  
New Carolina is a statewide, business-led organization that identifies, launches, and builds scale behind economic growth initiatives. Our signature work is growing South Carolina's industries through the development of clusters and improving South Carolina's workforce through education initiatives. This newsletter provides updates on New Carolina's ongoing projects, as well as topics relevant to the economic well-being of the state as a whole.
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