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New Carolina Establishes Early Childhood Task Force

By Dave Morley

Chair - Early Childhood Task Force

The future success of our economy depends on well-educated and highly resourceful workers capable of learning new skills so that they remain competitive in a continually changing global market. The focus on early childhood is the newest effort of New Carolina's Education and Workforce Development Task Force.

Too often early childhood education is considered a nice “add-on” but its real value is not appreciated. Brain research shows that the foundations built in the first five years of life define the potential for that child later. Additionally, economic research shows that investment in early childhood education has the highest return of all education interventions.


BMW Announcement Has Important Implications for Automotive Supply Chain and Workforce

By Catherine Hayes

Executive Director - SC Auto Council

South Carolina has attracted automotive innovators since the early 1900s, when Milliken & Company in Spartanburg manufactured special fabric for the seats and roofs of Henry Ford's automobiles.  Today South Carolina is home to more than 300 automotive manufacturing plants and suppliers.  BMW's recent announcement to expand its Spartanburg facility to the tune of $1 billion further reinforces that SC's Automotive Cluster is thriving.

But, this growth has important implications for the automotive supply chain and workforce.  


SC is No. 1 in Nation for Aerospace Job Growth

By Deborah Cameron

Director of Aerospace Initiatives - New Carolina | SC Department of Commerce

Four Southern states are among the top 10 states in aerospace job growth between 2007 and 2012, with South Carolina ranking first. Aerospace jobs in South Carolina jumped by more than 600 percent, and North Carolina ranks second in aerospace job growth with a nearly 34 percent increase over the same period.

Carolinas' Engineering Cluster Collaborating on Industry Plan

By Lee Stogner

Chair - Carolinas' Engineering Cluster

I'm pleased to say that the engineering industry in the Carolinas is poised to have a great year.  Governor Nikki Haley has asked the engineering schools, companies and individual engineers to develop a plan to better market, sell and deliver engineering and engineered products.

Carolinas' Engineering Cluster is organizing these efforts, and our first step is working with SCBIZ News to develop a special publication detailing our success stories, companies and people that make the Carolinas the “Go To” location for engineering. 


Alabama Looks to SC for Best Practices in
Workforce Development

By Summer Ramsey

Communications Director - New Carolina

New Carolina’s Jim Reynolds and Don Herriott  recently traveled to Alabama to present to the Public Affairs Research Council (PARCA), a non-profit whose mission is to provide objective, nonpartisan information that will lead to the improvement of state and local government in Alabama. PARCA sought insight from South Carolina because the states are comparable in population and demographics, yet South Carolina is running away with job growth and high school graduation rates are on the rise.  


Wall Street Journal Recognizes SC as a National Leader in Apprenticeships

By Summer Ramsey

Communications Director - New Carolina

Apprenticeship Carolina – now housed in South Carolina’s Technical College System’s Office of Economic Development – was conceived and encouraged by New Carolina’s Education and Workforce Development Task Force .   In just 7 years, the number of businesses offering apprenticeships has grown from 90 to 647, or 86%.  Yet, the number of apprenticeships nationwide has fallen by 40%.  The Wall Street Journal lauds South Carolina for its successful program but investigates why the practice has not been adopted in many other states.


AT&T Contributes $50,000 to TransformSC Early College Programs

TransformSC - Press Release

Spartanburg, S.C. – AT&T announced a contribution of $50,000 to TransformSC this morning during the Transform Upstate Forum on the Spartanburg Community College Downtown Campus. The funds will benefit the South Carolina Charter District’s Midlands Middle College and Spartanburg School District Seven’s Viking Early College.


TransformSC Welcomes New Leadership

TransformSC - Press Release

Columbia, S. C. — TransformSC, an education initiative of New Carolina, announced two new leaders to its staff.  Dr. Peggy Torrey has been named Director of TransformSC, and Betty Bagley has been named Field Director.  

“TransformSC has built unprecedented, statewide momentum behind innovative approaches to PK-12 public education in just eleven months since its launch.  We are thrilled to bring Betty and Peggy’s combined education and workforce development experience to our efforts,” said Mike Brenan and Pamela Lackey, Co-Chairs of TransformSC.


SC's Index of Leading Economic Indicators Surge
in March

SC Department of Commerce - Press Release

The S.C. leading index of economic indicators in March notched its strongest one-month gain in three years, according to the S.C. Department of Commerce.
The index rose 0.39 point to 101.42, the agency’s Research Division said. A value greater than 100 points to economic growth over the next three to six months.


SC Auto Council/OESA Supplier Roundtable

MAY 15

Greenville, SC

Save the Date for a deep dive into Supply Chain Development issues at the SCAC/OESA Supplier Roundtable with notable speakers and panel discussion: "Issues Impacting the North American Supply Chain."

Only members of SCMA or OESA may attend and space is limited.

Community Forum:

Transforming Horry County Schools


Black Water Middle School

Join us for a community forum led by TransformSC about the changes that should be made within SC's public education. Engage with the panel on discussion topics including: project based learning, blended
learning, seamless education, and business & education partnerships.

SC Midlands Summit featuring Google for Education

JUNE 11-12

Columbia Marriott

The SC Midlands Summit is a two day conference focused on the use of Google for Education research tools, Web 2.0 tools, and technology integration in the classroom. Over 100 unique sessions will be offered.

2014 SCASA Innovative Ideas Institute 

JUNE 15-17

Kingston Plantation Myrtle Beach, SC

TransformSC’s Action Teams will present on the 4 transformational practices being implemented in TransformSC Schools, and how to create a culture and climate for change in public education. 

ITs|SC Executive Speaker Series Feat. Ray Farmer


IT-oLogy, Columbia, SC

SC Department of Insurance Director Ray Farmer will be discussing the Affordable Care Act and its impact on South Carolina. Afterwards, there will be a networking happy hour, so plan to stay and socialize with other professionals in Columbia's insurance technology industry. 

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. 

2014 Aerospace Industry Day

August 19

Please mark your calendars and plan to participate in Aerospace Industry Day on August 19.  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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