Berkeley Chamber of Commerce News

Drivers Excited, Relieved After Cypress Gardens Road Bridge Reopens

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on October 3, 2014 in Government Affairs
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BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) –
The new Cypress Gardens Road Bridge opened at 5 p.m. on Thursday.

SCDOT Spokesman James Law says the bridge was completed earlier in September, but work was necessary on the access roads leading to the bridge as well as adding line markers.

Law said the bridge would have been opened sooner, but several rainy delays delayed the project. Even with the rain delays, the project remained nearly a month ahead of schedule. He says there was a substantial incentive in place for Cape Romain Contractors to finish before the October 25 deadline.

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Berkeley County Schools Awarded Blue Ribbons

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on October 2, 2014 in Education
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Schoolboy Writing in NotebookBERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–The United States Department of Education announced today that Hanahan Elementary School and Hanahan Middle School were chosen in the 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools Program. Hanahan Elementary was one of only five for school throughout the state to be honored and Hanahan Middle is the only middle school in the state to be nominated for the prestigious award.

Hanahan Middle follows its Berkeley County neighbor, Marrington Middle, which won in 2012, as the only two South Carolina middle schools to be honored as Blue Ribbon Schools in the past sixteen years. In 2010, Howe Hall Arts Infused Magnet School was honored with the Blue Ribbon for its achievements in the elementary school category.

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Harlem Globetrotters Headed to the Lowcountry

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on October 2, 2014 in Community Events
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Player Attempting to Get ReboundThe world famous Harlem Globetrotters, featuring some of the greatest athletes and entertainers on the planet, will bring their unrivaled family show to North Charleston Coliseum in North Charleston on March 10, 2015 at 7:00PM during the Harlem Globetrotters 2015 “Washington Generals’ Revenge” Tour.

The Globetrotters will face a great challenge this year, as the infamous Washington Generals are more determined than ever to match the franchise’s historic last victory over the Globetrotters nearly a half century ago. It has been five years since the Globetrotters and Generals have faced off, as the Generals have been searching far and wide for the best players to retool their roster and have been preparing for one thing: victory over the Globetrotters.

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Berkeley County Students Excel in Statewide Testing

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on October 2, 2014 in Education
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Teacher and Student In A Classroom At SchoolBerkeley County students have exceeded the South Carolina average class scores on end-of-course exams for the fifth year in a row, according district school officials. The South Carolina Secretary of Education released the 2013-2014 results on Tuesday, September 30.

The district has balanced its continued growth and expansion with concentration on maintaining rigorous classroom standards. This focus has helped Berkeley students continue to outpace the state’s median standards. Performance analysis indicated that students exceeded the state averages in almost every grade in almost every category.

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Lowe’s Employees Lend a Helping Hand to Local Homeless Shelter

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on September 30, 2014 in Announcements
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For two days in a row, Lowe’s employees throughout the tricounty, including the Goose Creek location, joined forces to give 180 Place, a shelter in Summerville, a much needed makeover.

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Santee Cooper to Give Away Energy-Efficient LED Bulbs

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on September 30, 2014 in Education
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ScreenShot002MONCKS CORNER, S.C. — Santee Cooper will be giving away highly efficient LED bulbs to its residential customers beginning Monday, Oct. 6, as a way to promote energy efficiency and celebrate Public Power Week and Customer Service Week, both of which occur the week of Oct. 6. In addition, Santee Cooper will greet customers with free refreshments in retail offices on Thursday, Oct. 9.

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10 Intriguing Facts About Berkeley County

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on September 30, 2014 in Marketing
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Berkeley County is not only the biggest and fastest growing county in South Carolina, it is also a pretty fascinating place that is rich in history. While this is by no means a complete list, we’ve included ten facts, some bizarre, about the area which first established itself as a county in 1882.

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Home Telecom’s Oliver Elected to National Board

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on September 30, 2014 in Government Affairs
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The Rural Broadband Association recently elected Home Telecom Senior Vice President of Corporate Operations Keith Oliver to serve on their board of directors.

NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association advocates in the legislative and regulatory arenas on behalf of nearly 900 independent, telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural America.

The announcement was made at the NTCA 2014 Fall Conference held last week in San Francisco.

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Mystery Company Promises $35m Investment, 30 Jobs

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on September 25, 2014 in Announcements
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Berkeley County has finalized an economic development agreement to offer to a monickered company known as Project Douglas.

According to the agreement, which has passed the second of three readings, the company intends to bring 30 jobs and investment $35 million over five years.

A nom de plume, like Project Douglas, is common in public economic deals to protect the company’s identity during talks. One of the more famous monikers in the county is Maguro Enterprises, which was the front for Google Inc. when it went into talks with the county in 2007.

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Public Parks Approved for Berkeley County

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on September 25, 2014 in Government Affairs
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ScreenShot003A special tax will be levied on the planned Nexton community to develop public parks and a 50-mile trail system.

Berkeley County Council approved the third and final reading for creation of the Nexton Improvement District that will fund the system at the private development near Interstate 26 and 17-A.

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South Carolina Innovation Challenge: Notice of Funding Opportunity

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on September 25, 2014 in Government Affairs
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Film Distribution Strategy Classes Offered in Columbia, SC

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on September 24, 2014 in Opportunities
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Be in a New Movie about Relationships!

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on September 24, 2014 in Opportunities
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Biggby Coffee gets Ready to Open in Goose Creek

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on September 22, 2014 in Announcements
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ScreenShot002GOOSE CREEK, S.C.—Coffee lovers rejoice! Pretty soon you’ll have a new place to get a tasty ‘Cup of Joe.’ Biggby Coffee will officially open its doors for business on September 16th.

The coffee shop is located at 514 St. James Avenue in Goose Creek right by the Chick-fil-A.

Biggby Coffee began hiring for baristas in the tricounty area for its newest location two months ago.

It has two other nearby locations on Dorchester Road in North Charleston and Trolly Road in Summerville.

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Berkeley BBQ Cookoff Enjoys Near Record Turnout

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on September 22, 2014 in Community Events
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A man bastes meat on a barbecue grillIf you cook it they will come, as the line of cars trailing out of Old Santee Canal Park attested on the night of Friday, Sept. 19.

If you offer a chance to win 10 grand to the winner, they’ll definitely come.

The $10,000 is the prize money offered by the Southern Barbecue Network’s inaugural Team of the Year barbecue competition as part of the first annual Moncks Corner Barbecue Festical on Nov. 7-8 at the new Moncks Corner Region Recreation Complex.

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Trident United Way has Evolved Over its 70 Years in Town

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on September 22, 2014 in
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Collier-UW-logo2cTrident United Way is celebrating 70 years of spearheading local efforts to solve critical problems regarding education, financial stability and health.

Founded in the waning days of World War II as Charleston’s Community Chest, the United Way has moved from funding local agencies to focus on uniting nonprofits, businesses, government agencies and others to address these needs.

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Trident Cancer Center Completes $6 Million Expansion

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on September 16, 2014 in Announcements
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tridentMayor Keith Summey, Representative Jenny Horne to highlight opening event

N. Charleston, S.C. / September 16, 2014 – On Thursday September 18 at 4:30 p.m., Trident Cancer Center will hold a ribbon cutting for its new expansion. Trident Cancer Center staff and physicians, North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey, Representative Jenny Horne and other local elected officials will be on hand for this momentous occasion.
The 3,500 square foot expansion includes the addition of the TruBeam Linear Accelerator, which delivers more powerful cancer treatments with pinpoint accuracy and precision. Trident Cancer Center’s TrueBeam is the first in the Charleston area to be equipped with optical intracranial tracking solution software. The TrueBeam imager can produce the three-dimensional images used to fine-tune tumor targeting in 60% less time than compared with previous Varian image-guided technologies.
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Trident Health Community Care Network (HOP)

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on September 15, 2014 in Announcements
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Trident Community Healthcare Network is a joint program between Trident Health and the family medicine physicians at Trident Family Health Clinic.
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Diabetes Classes are coming to you October 7, 2014

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on September 15, 2014 in Announcements
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Moncks Corner Medical Center will be offering bi-monthly classes to help you and your family members better manage your diabetes.
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Literacy Program Receives $2,000 Grant

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A program exposing children to books before they enter elementary school has received $2,000 from a major retailor.

Target Corp. awarded the grant to Berkeley County First Steps.

The grant will be used to support the Berkeley County Early Readers Fund, Berkeley County First Steps Executive Director Adrienne Troy-Frazier said.

“We are grateful to Target for their investment in Berkeley County children and families,” she said. “We look forward to sharing outcomes as we progress with this program that will go beyond only providing books to children.”

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