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ForeverGreen Awards Luncheon to Honor Upstate Champions

GREENVILLE, S.C. | February 21, 2017 – Upstate Forever is proud to announce the local champions who will be honored at this year’s ForeverGreen Annual Awards Luncheon. Every year, the ForeverGreen event celebrates individuals and organizations for their significant contributions in the areas of sustainable development, land conservation, clean water, air quality, waste reduction, public service, and volunteer work. “Every day, Upstate Forever’s staff of 17 works hard on programs and policies to balance development with the protection of our natural resources and special places,” said Upstate Forever Executive Director Andrea Cooper. “We can’t do this work alone. Citizens, local governments, businesses, and institutions must all work together to protect the clean water, healthy air, farm and forest lands, and high quality of life we all enjoy. Fortunately, there are some very important champions of this mission. This year’s award recipients include: Sustainable Communities Champion:  Homes of Hope, a nonprofit...Read More
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Magnolia Park Welcomes Kirkland’s Home Store and Elife Nail Spa

February 8, 2017 | GREENVILLE, SC –Magnolia Park, situated off of I-385 and I-85 on Woodruff Road, is the destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment in Greenville.Home to 30 stores, Magnolia Park is thrilled to announce the additions of Kirkland’s and ELife Nail Spa to the property. Situated between Tin Lizzy’s Cantina and Another Broken Egg Café, Kirkland’s will occupy a 7,330 square foot space. The addition of the home décor store is the second for the franchise in Greenville County, and the first to be located on Woodruff Road. With the addition of Kirkland’s, Magnolia Park will grow its already strong lineup of home décor and furniture offerings, which include Pier One Imports and Select Comfort. Scottrade and Allen Tate Realtors will also welcome new neighbor ELife Nail Spa, which will settle in the 2,550 square foot storefront later this year and offer a variety of nail and skin...Read More
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Corley Plumbing Air Electric Host Food Trucks for Pelham Road Businesses

GREENVILLE, SC – Corley Plumbing Air Electric will host Food Truck Friday, February 10thfrom 11:30am – 1:30pm. In an effort to bring the downtown Greenville food scene to the Pelham Road area, Corley will be hosting local food trucks for lunch on the second Friday of every month. Businesses in the area often face heavy traffic during lunch hour. The food trucks provide an easy, unique place for employees to have lunch. The food trucks will be set-up in the Corley parking lot. Businesses can plan ahead as Corley has listed a line-up of the various food trucks on their website that will be featured over the next five months. www.corleypro.com.Pelham Road area businesses are invited and encouraged to attend with Corley and their staff. “We are excited to continue Food Truck Fridays,” said Chris Corley, who founded Corley in 1986. “It’s a great way for businesses to get out of...Read More
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SPINX HOSTS 17th ANNUAL CHARITY CLASSIC GOLF TOURNAMENT

Greenville, S.C. – Feb. 7th, 2017– Spinx has chosen five charities that will benefit from its 17thAnnual Charity Classic Golf Tournament. The tournament will be held on Wednesday, May 10th. The beneficiaries are the American Red Cross of the Upstate, American Red Cross of the Lowcountry, Safe Harbor, Ronald McDonald House of the Carolinas and Harvest Hope Food Bank. The tournament will take place at the Cliffs at Mountain Park and Cliffs Valley courses. Since 2000, Spinx has raised nearly one million dollars for local charities with proceeds from the tournament. Spinx chose beneficiaries that are aligned with its corporate charitable mission, “Spinx & Kids: Mind, Body, Spirit. Growing healthy kids where we live, work and play.” “17% of our fellow South Carolinians live in poverty,” said Jane Daniel, Director of Donor Relations at Harvest Hope Food Bank. “This gracious donation from Spinx can help us fight off hunger, which...Read More
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Ford chosen to head SCBIO Board of Directors

News Release Contact: Wayne Roper 864-354-4461 Wayne Roper, SCBIO Ford chosen to head SCBIO Board of Directors Erin Ford, an experienced life science executive and economic development professional has been named chair of the Board of Directors for South Carolina Biotechnology Industry Organization (SCBIO) for 2017. “This year we will be demonstrating the economic impact our community of innovators in advanced medicines, medical devices and diagnostic therapies are bringing to the state,” Ford said. “We have come out of our most successful conference, have a record number of members and are seeing a real growth in our companies and economic development prospects.” SCBIO has formed a partnership with the South Carolina Department of Commerce to carry out a life science economic impact study with strategic growth recommendations. Ford is director of sales at Poly-Med, Inc., of Anderson, a global innovation company developing leading edge absorbable polymers and constructs for the...Read More
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The Greenville Swamp Rabbits host 2nd Annual Business Power Play Presented by South State Bank

Greenville, S.C. | January 17, 2017 – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits are excited to host the second annual Business Power Play event, presented by South State Bank. The event will be held on Thursday, February 16th at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Business Power Play is a night that will bring together the business community, highlighting the important role local professionals’ play not only in economic development, but in the success of the Upstate. Part of that future success includes the involvement of Pulse Young Professionals a program of the Greenville Chamber’s Leadership Development. The program provides various networking opportunities throughout the year for YP’s to connect with peers and local business leaders. The Greenville Chamber’s Young Professionals will kick-off the year with a reception alongside business leaders before the game starts. Local businesses provided tremendous support for last season’s event by participating as “Puck Promoters.” Similarly, as a part...Read More
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SANDLAPPER Securities, LLC raises $40.34 million for Six Land Acquisitions for Webb Creek Management Group, LLC

Greenville, S.C. | January 13, 2017 – SANDLAPPER Securities, LLC (“SANDLAPPER”) raised $40.34 million for six land acquisitions syndications (“Companies”) sponsored by Webb Creek Management Group, LLC (“Webb Creek”) in 2016.  Webb Creek Management Group, LLC, is a Georgia-based firm that provides consultative services to individuals and company landowners seeking alternative uses of their property to maximize return.  Since 2011 they have successfully worked to secure conservation easements on thousands of acres of raw, unimproved land in the Southeast, protecting this land from future development and providing landowners with positive returns in the process.  SANDLAPPER has been the exclusive placement agent for Webb Creek since 2013 and has raised almost $108.6 million in 22 separate land syndications. The Companies acquired approximately 3,077 of raw, unimproved land in Polk County, FL, Roane County, TN and Benton County, TN.  Geological testing of the Florida properties determined the highest economic use for the...Read More
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SANDLAPPER Securities, LLC raises over $3 million for Trenton Black River I, LP

Greenville, S.C. | January 11, 2017 – SANDLAPPER Securities, LLC (“SANDLAPPER”) raised more than $3 million for the Trenton-Black River I, LP (“Trenton-Black River”) a 40 Well Drilling Program sponsored by John Henry Oil Corporation (“John Henry”).  John Henry, a Kentucky-based corporation and the Managing General Partner of Trenton-Black River, has deep roots in the oil fields of Appalachia specializing in hydrocarbon exploration and development and over 90 years of highly successful regional experience. Since breaking initial impounds and putting investment dollars to work, Trenton-Black River has drilled 14 test holes and six wells with two showing to be in very good oil zones and are scheduled to be completed for production to begin.  John Henry is currently running 25% ahead of budget on Trenton-Black River. “Looking to shore up some year end tax deductions, drilling programs have often been highly sought out investment vehicles,” said SANDLAPPER Securities Founder and...Read More
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Proterra Secures $140M in Series 5 Funding for new High-Growth Phase of Capacity Expansion and Product Development

BURLINGAME, Calif., January 3, 2017 – Proterra, the leading innovator in heavy-duty electric transportation, today announced that it has raised $140 million in a Series 5 round. Proterra partnered with J.P. Morgan to close the equity funding, which was led by $40 million from an undisclosed investor, an additional $60 million from several new investors, and joined by existing board level investors Tao Capital Partners, Kleiner Perkins, GM Ventures, Constellation Technology Ventures, 88 Green Ventures, Edison Energy, Inc. and others. This growth equity financing signals an accelerated manufacturing phase for Proterra, as the company doubles production to meet growing customer demand across the United States. The investment and increased valuation reflect the recent accomplishments of the Proterra team and its goal to set the gold standard for industry firsts in innovation. In September 2016, its engineering team unveiled what is now the world’s most efficient battery system for heavy-duty transportation,...Read More
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Corley Plumbing Air Electric Receives Better Business Bureau Award

GREENVILLE, SC | December 14, 2016 – Better Business Bureau awarded Corley Plumbing Air Electric with the BBB Applause Award for exceeding advertising standards. Each quarter BBB’s Local Advertising Review Program (LARP) recognizes a business in the Upstate for adhering to the BBB Code of Advertising guidelines. “It is truly an honor to be recognized among the other exceptional businesses in the Upstate,” said founder Chris Corley. “It is certainly an exciting way to end the year. We will continue to uphold these guidelines moving into the new year.” LARP was created to “promote the truthfulness and accuracy of advertising” in order to give the community the confidence in the businesses they are exposed to. A self-regulated program approved by the American Advertising Federation (AAF) and the Council of Better Business Bureaus, LARP recognized Corley Plumbing Air Electric as its fourth and final Applause Award winner of 2016. ABOUT CORLEY...Read More
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