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Gov. Nikki Haley: “[The Obama Administration] can’t be serious about illegal immigration if they won’t allow South Carolina to enforce our laws.”

May 27th

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Today, Governor Nikki Haley held a press conference to discuss a letter sent to Secretary Janet Napolitano regarding the Department of Homeland Security’s failure to grant South Carolina access to documents that confirm employers are using E-Verify.   Video of the press conference is available here.  The letter from Governor Haley to Secretary Napolitano is available here.

Gov. Nikki Haley said, “This is a state that takes illegal immigration very seriously.  The problem is when the federal government continues to step in and tell us we can’t do our job.  … They are stopping us every step of the way.  On the one side [the Obama Administration] says they are doing everything they can to fight illegal immigration, on the other side the people they are fighting are the states.  They’re not allowing us to enforce our law.”

CertusBank to locate corporate headquarters and create 350 new jobs in Greenville County

CertusBank to be the anchor tenant in new mixed-use development in downtown Greenville

May 26th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley, the South Carolina Department of Commerce, the City of Greenville and the Greenville Area Development Corporation today announced that CertusBank N.A., a nationally chartered bank that is a subsidiary of Blue Ridge Holdings Inc., will establish the company’s headquarters in Greenville and create 350 new jobs.

CertusBank will locate offices in a new mixed-use property, the ONE project, developed by Hughes Development Corp. at the corner of Main and Washington streets in downtown Greenville. CertusBank, which currently operates 32 branches in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, will occupy 26,000 square feet in the first phase of the project, a 175,000-square-foot, nine-story building that will house a variety of other office and retail tenants when it is completed by the end of 2012.

“We couldn’t be happier to be establishing our new home in downtown Greenville, especially in such an iconic development as the ONE project,” said CertusBank Vice Chairman Walter Davis, who is a Greenville native.  “We’re grateful to Hughes Development for allowing us to be part of their vision for ONE; to the state of South Carolina for helping make it possible for us to establish our headquarters here; and to the city of Greenville for extending us such a warm and gracious welcome.”

The company currently conducts business from the Atlanta and Charlotte offices of its parent, Blue Ridge Holdings, and its operations center in Easley, S.C., where it acquired a six-branch bank in January 2011.

“We celebrate the decision of CertusBank to locate its new headquarters in Greenville and create 350 jobs. Not only is this a great example of how South Carolina is attracting investment and jobs, but we also celebrate the fact that a company with local connections is putting down roots in our state. We congratulate CertusBank on this announcement and look forward to the company’s growth in our state,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. 

“Today’s announcement is great news for the Upstate and South Carolina as a whole. CertusBank’s decision to locate its headquarters in Greenville is another indication that our state’s business-friendly climate is attracting investment and creating well-paying jobs. This announcement is also the result of a true team effort by our state’s economic development professionals and stands as a testament to what can be accomplished when we work together,” said Bobby Hitt, Secretary of Commerce.

CertusBank combines the personal attention of a local bank with the products and services of a larger institution. With more than $1.8 billion in assets and backed by half a billion dollars in investment capital, CertusBank is a strong new player in the Southeastern banking market.

According to Mayor Knox White, Greenville is characterized by active involvement in support of economic development and a pro-business climate, which make the area attractive to migrating capital and industry. “This is a great fit for us and there is no question that CertusBank’s decision to establish its headquarters here sends a strong signal about its commitment to Greenville and the Upstate,” said White. “The city is proud to welcome CertusBank as its newest resident company and we look forward to being a part of its future growth and success.”    

“CertusBank's decision to bring its corporate headquarters to Greenville is great news. Our entire economic development team - GADC, City of Greenville, Upstate SC Alliance, Greenville Chamber, State Department of Commerce - all worked very hard to assist the bank in making this happen,” noted H.G. “Butch” Kirven Jr., director of the Greenville Area Development Corporation and chairman of Greenville County Council. “This underscores the tremendous appeal of corporate headquarters locating their offices in downtown Greenville. When downtown thrives the whole county benefits.”

The company has acquired three financial institutions in just its first five months in existence, and intends to continue to pursue prudent, strategic opportunities to expand its presence by buying additional banks in other markets. 

“We’re very bullish on Greenville and the Upstate,” added CertusBank Vice Chairman Walter Davis, who said the company also plans to open a full-service CertusBank branch on the ground floor of ONE in downtown Greenville. “We’re excited about our future as a Greenville-based company, to be a major employer in the area and to become deeply involved in this community.”

The South Carolina Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved CertusBank for Job Development Credits (JDC), which is a discretionary, performance-based incentive that rebates a portion of new employees’ withholding taxes that can be used to address the specific needs of individual companies.

About CertusBank

CertusBank is building a strong, sustainable, best-in-class banking franchise focused on exceptional customer service.  The company has the management know-how and long-term capital support to be a leader in providing financial products and services. Additionally CertusBank seeks to drive economic growth and stability in the markets served by the company.  Learn more about CertusBank by going to www.certusbank.com.

Gov. Nikki Haley Skypes with Round Top Elementary 2nd graders

May 25th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Today, Governor Nikki Haley Skyped students from Ms. Teri Stone’s second grade class at Round Top Elementary School in Blythewood.  Students asked the governor questions about her first job, her favorite subject from school, her favorite teachers, her favorite college football team and what it’s like to serve as governor. Video is available online: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6a8Z2zdx0Ic.

Gov. Haley, Agriculture Department, grocery retailers and celebrity Certified SC chefs announce “Lee Brother Your Supper” promotion

Campaign promotes locally grown produce and products and encourages consumers to buy Certified SC

May 24th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Yesterday, Governor Nikki Haley hosted a Certified South Carolina luncheon in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA)at the South Carolina Governor’s Mansion for grocery retailer CEOs and representatives to celebrate their commitment to sourcing locally-grown produce and products at their stores across South Carolina.

“Agribusiness is such a vital part of our state’s economy, contributing some $34 billion each year and employing more than 200,000 South Carolinians, “said Governor Haley.  “And it’s wonderful to see the level of support for our local farmers and produce from the grocery and retail industry shown here today. This new Certified SC promotion will surely continue to build awareness about eating and buying local.”

The group dined on Certified South Carolina spicy shellfish and okra stew; Manchester Farms quail served with Carolina Plantation "dirty rice” featuring Carolina Pride spicy sausage;  “char'd vegetables” from Clayton Rawl Farms and W.P. Rawl Farms and finished off with Titan Farm peach pie served with Coosaw Farm blueberry compote and Sandy Run lemon ice cream .  Also in attendance at the luncheon, were celebrity Certified SC chefs and best-selling cookbook authors, Matt Lee and Ted Lee.  During the luncheon, the Lee brothers joined Governor Haley and the South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers to officially announce a new promotional campaign for Certified SC, “Lee Brother Your Supper,” that will be kicking off on June 20th.

As the local food movement continues to grow in South Carolina, so does the “supper club” phenomenon.  The idea is simple:  friends who share a love of cooking and meal-planning gather for good food with great company, in a relaxed atmosphere.  The South Carolina Department of Agriculture is capitalizing on this trend to further increase awareness for Certified SC by launching the “Lee Brother Your Supper” promotion. This six-week campaign will begin June 20, and consumers are encouraged to enter a FREE drawing for the chance to win the grand prize, having a Certified SC meal prepared in person by renowned celebrity chefs, the Lee Bros., at their personal supper club event.  In addition to the grand prize, there will be weekly drawings during the promotion period where entrants have the chance to win t-shirts and copies of the Lee Bros.’ new cookbook, Simple Fresh Southern. 

“The Lee Bros. are the perfect partners to team up with Certified SC because they share our vision for promoting locally grown produce and products, and they are Certified SC Grown themselves,” said Commissioner Weathers. “The Lee Brother Your Super campaign provides another wonderful opportunity for South Carolinians to demonstrate their support for our local farmers and producers, and we thank the Lee brothers, as well as all of our retail partners, who continue to support our program as we strive to reach our agribusiness goal of $50 billion by 2020.”

The Lee brothers addressed the audience and expressed their pride for their South Carolina roots and their passion for teaching others about South Carolina recipes and ingredients. “We feel so lucky to have grown up and to live in a state with a strong tradition of supper clubs and a rich diversity of fresh ingredients,” said Matt Lee. Ted Lee added, “So we’re thrilled to be asked to help spread the message of Certified SC, and we’re especially looking forward to ripping an entirely SC Grown meal for the lucky winners!”

Once the promotion period begins, entry forms can be filled out online at www.leebrotheryoursupper.com, but for now visit www.certifiedsc.com to learn all of the details.

About Certified SC

SCDA’s Certified South Carolina program is an exciting cooperative effort among producers, processors, wholesalers, retailers and the SCDA, to brand and promote SC produce and products. The program is based on the idea that when presented with the option, South Carolinians will buy local because- Nothing’s Fresher, Nothing’s Finer than South Carolina products and produce.  Additional information about the SCDA and its branding programs, including a Certified SC Grown directory, may be found online at www.agriculture.sc.gov  and www.certifiedscgrown.com.

About The Lee Bros.

Siblings Matt and Ted grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. When they left to attend colleges in the Northeast, they so missed the foods of their hometown that they founded The Lee Bros. Boiled Peanuts Catalogue, a mail-order catalogue for southern pantry staples like stone-ground grits, fig preserves, and, of course, boiled peanuts. When an editor of a travel magazine asked them to write a story about road-tripping their home state in search of great food, they embarked on a second career as food and travel journalists. They currently write food stories for Travel + Leisure, Food & Wine, GQ, The New York Times, and are the wine columnists for Martha Stewart Living. They also give lectures, cooking demonstrations and host events around the country. They are the best-selling authors of The Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern and are currently working on their latest cookbook, The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen.

For more information, contact: Emily Brady, 803.233.2452, Emily.Brady@cnsg.com or Stephen Hudson at 803.734.0648, SDHudson@scda.sc.gov

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: May 23, 2011

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week includes the following public events:

Tuesday, May 24, 5:00 PM: Gov. Haley will attend a ribbon cutting at Perceptis, Greenville, S.C.

Wednesday, May 25, 9:30 AM: Gov. Haley will participate in a Skype visit with Round Top Elementary School second graders.

Wednesday, May 25, 11:30 AM: Gov. Haley will attend Employee Appreciation Day at the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services, Jefferson Square Courtyard, Columbia, S.C.

Wednesday, May 25, 2:30 PM: Gov. Haley will make an economic development announcement, Greenville, S.C.

Note: As additional public events are added to the schedule, you’ll be notified.

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: May 16, 2011

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of May 16 included the following:

Monday, May 16

9:00 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

10:00 AM: Gov. Haley presented the Governor’s Awards for Volunteerism, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

12:00 PM: Economic development call.

12:30 PM: Gov. Haley attended the Union Rotary Club meeting, Union, S.C.

3:30 PM: Economic development call.

4:00 PM: Gov. Haley held “Open Door after 4,” Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

Tuesday, May 17

8:30 AM: Gov. Haley called into the Bill Bennett’s radio show.

9:30 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

10:00 AM: Gov. Haley held a Cabinet meeting, Edgar Brown Building, Statehouse grounds, Columbia, S.C.

12:40 PM: Gov. Haley held a media availability after Cabinet meeting, Edgar Brown Building, Statehouse grounds, Columbia, S.C.

1:00 PM: Press conference, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

1:15 PM: Newspaper interview.

1:30 PM: Constituent meeting.

2:15 PM: Constituent meeting.

3:45 PM: Agency meeting.

4:45 PM: Governor call.

4:50 PM: Agency call.

6:25 PM: Congressional call.

Wednesday, May 18

9:40 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

9:45 AM: Legislative meeting.

10:15 AM: Gov. Haley met with Leadership Charleston, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

11:00 AM: Agency meeting.

11:20 AM: Legislative meeting.

12:15 PM: Gov. Haley joined legislative leaders and grassroots activists for Voter ID bill signing, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

12:45 PM: Gov. Haley spoke at the House Republican Caucus lunch, Columbia, S.C.

2:15 PM: Policy meeting.

2:55 PM: Legislative meeting.

Thursday, May 19

9:00 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

10:15 AM: Agency meeting.

11:30 AM: Constituent meeting.

12:00 PM: Economic development call.

1:45 PM: Legislative meeting.

2:15 PM: Agency meeting.

4:30 PM: Congressional call.

5:30 PM: Gov. Haley attended the Columbia TEA Party meeting, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

Friday, May 20

9:30 AM: Gov. Haley visited Lake Murray Elementary School, Chapin, S.C.

10:50 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

11:15 AM: Economic development meeting.

11:30 AM: Economic development meeting.

2:00 PM: Gov. Haley was keynote speaker at South Carolina Highway Patrol Graduation ceremony, SC Criminal Justice Academy, Columbia, S.C.

4:00 PM: Agency meeting.

Statement from Gov. Nikki Haley on unemployment figures

May 20th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today released the following statement after the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce announced that the state’s unemployment rate had fallen for the fourth straight month to 9.8 percent:

 “This is just another reason to celebrate what’s happening in South Carolina. We’ve now seen four straight months of declining unemployment with over 7,000 new jobs announced.  Every day our team is selling South Carolina, and it’s an easy sell.  Business leaders across this state and nation know that we will fight to keep our state a competitive and hospitable environment to create and expand jobs.”

Gov. Nikki Haley announces S.C.’s National Youth Science Camp participants

May 12th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today announced that Carrie Tian of Southside High School in Greenville and Ja’Neisha Williams of Edisto High School in Cordova have been selected as the two most promising young scientific leaders in South Carolina’s 2011 high school graduating class.  At the invitation of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin of West Virginia, they will participate as delegates in the 48th year of the National Youth Science Camp held near the National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Green Bank, West Virginia.

Carrie Tian is Valedictorian of her class, student body secretary, varsity tennis captain, academic team captain, a violinist in the symphony orchestra of the Carolina Youth Symphony at Furman University and attended Girls State and the US Youth Senate.  In addition, she is a National Merit Scholarship winner, Watson Brown Scholarship winner, and Perrigo Scholarship winter.  She has won many awards at Science Fair and in the S.C. Science Olympiad.

Ja’Neisha Williams is a member of student council, the National Honor Society where she is secretary, President of the Poetry Club and a Junior leadership member of the Orangeburg Chamber of Commerce. In addition, she won first place in her schools oratorical contest. She volunteers for the local nursing home, Soldier Care Program, and tutoring other students.

Established in 1963 as a part of West Virginia’s Centennial Celebration, the National Youth Science Camp is an annual summer forum where two delegates representing each state exchange ideas with leading scientists and other professionals from academic and corporate worlds.  Lectures and hands-on research projects are presented by scientists from across the United States who work on some of the most provocative topics in science today - topics such as fractal geometry, the human genome project, global climate change, the history of the universe, the fate of our rain forests, and robotics.

Delegates to the NYSC are challenged to explore new areas in the biological and physical sciences, art, and music with resident staff members.  Delegates also present seminars covering their own areas of research and interest.

The National Youth Science Camp’s diverse academic program is complemented by an outdoor recreation program, which leverages the Science Camp’s location in the Monongahela National Forest. The Science Camp’s outdoor program offers backpacking, caving, rock climbing, mountain biking and kayaking.

Carrie Tian and Ja’Neisha travel to Charleston, West Virginia, on Thursday, June 30, and will return home on Sunday, July 24, after participating in this innovative educational program.  The National Youth Science Foundation®, based in Charleston, West Virginia, covers all expenses, including travel.  More information is available online at www.nysf.com  and www.nysc.org.

Gov. Nikki Haley signs Voter ID bill into law

May 18th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today signed into law H 3003 the Voter ID bill during an afternoon press conference at the Statehouse. The governor was joined by members of the General Assembly and grassroots activists from across South Carolina.

Video of the press conference is available here.

Gov. Haley said, “It’s another great day in South Carolina. The reason it's a great day is because we continue to improve South Carolina in terms of integrity, accountability and transparency. This new law is very important, not just for South Carolina, but because I have heard from people across the country about how impressed they are that we took it upon ourselves to secure the integrity of our election process. If you have to show a picture ID to buy Sudafed, if you have to show a picture ID to get on an airplane, you should show a picture ID when you vote. There were a lot for people that made this come together – and I want to thank, in particular, grassroots activists from around the state, House Speaker Bobby Harrell, Senator Harvey Peeler and State Rep. Alan Clemmons.”

House Speaker Bobby Harrell said, “Today is a victory for everyone in South Carolina who has been working to eliminate fraud and make our state’s election process more secure, especially now since the United State’s Supreme Court has held Voter ID as constitutional. With the bill becoming law today, I hope the Department of Justice will move swiftly in granting our state’s secure election law the same preclearance they gave to Georgia’s Voter ID law last year.  That way all South Carolinians can go to the polls this next Election Day knowing their vote has not been compromised.”

Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler said, “We're happy to follow up a year of strong conservative accomplishments with Governor Haley by securing South Carolina's elections. When the liberal Obama administration fights this law, we will stand with Governor Haley to fight back as we did against ObamaCare and the union advocates.”

Gov. Nikki Haley statement on Corps of Engineers decision to fund study of Charleston port

May 17th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today released the following statement in response to the decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to study deepening the Charleston Port: 

“As I recruit companies and jobs to South Carolina, one of the main topics of conversation is always our ports.  South Carolina is in the unique position to lead the nation in economic development if we can strengthen and deepen the Charleston port.  I am very proud of the work and cooperation of our federal delegation for getting this done, and for doing so without falling back on the earmark process that has been damaging to our nation in so many ways.   It is a great day for South Carolina.”

Gov. Nikki Haley to hold Cabinet meeting on Tuesday

May 16th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley will hold a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, May 17, at 10:00 AM in Room 252 of the Edgar A. Brown Building on the Statehouse grounds.

Gov. Nikki Haley announces State Financial Summit

State officials will meet with ratings agencies to discuss South Carolina’s future

May 13th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today announced plans for her administration’s first “State Financial Summit.”  The summit will bring together the three primary rating agencies – Fitch, Moody’s and S&P Rating Services – with the state’s financial, legislative and executive branch leaders next month. Fitch and Moody’s will be in South Carolina on June 9, and S&P will visit the state on June 14.

The summit will be a chance for ratings agency officials and state leaders to discuss the current and future fiscal condition of South Carolina. The last summit was held during Governor Sanford’s first term and June’s will include discussions on the state Medicaid program, unemployment trust fund, retirement and other post-employment benefits for state employees, and South Carolina’s overall economic condition.

The summit will also provide the opportunity for state officials to stress to the rating agencies their commitment to preserve South Carolina’s strong fiscal standing and the state’s AAA credit rating.

Gov. Nikki Haley on FOX & Friends: "It's an assault on everything we know to be American"

May 13th

Today, Governor Nikki Haley appeared on FOX and Friends to discuss concerns relating to the National Labor Relations Board complaint against the Boeing company.

Gov. Haley said, “This is nothing more than bullying by the labor unions. This is President Obama and Harry Reid carrying [the unions’] bag, carrying their water, and our companies are hurting because of it….This is a terrible thing for South Carolina. It’s a terrible thing for our country. And I will tell you: While this happened in South Carolina, I won’t let it happen to any other governor in any other state. We have to be able to allow our companies to create jobs wherever they want to – that’s a great thing – and we are very grateful for Boeing in South Carolina…This is the unions’ last attempt to be relevant, and it’s not working…This affects every right-to-work state and every non-right-to-work state…It’s an assault on everything we know to be American, and they have to stop this [because] it will cost us jobs…And the president owes everyone a response.”

I wanted to pass along video of the governor’s appearance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IuX9J64vkA

Gov. Haley to hold “Open Door after 4” meetings on Monday

Constituents have opportunity to meet with governor to discuss any issue

May 12th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today announced that she will hold “Open Door after 4” constituent meetings on Monday, May 16, at the Office of the Governor in the Statehouse. South Carolinians will have the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one meeting with Gov. Haley to discuss any issue they would like to talk about.

Anyone wishing to schedule an “Open Door after 4” appointment with Gov. Haley should call (803) 734-1999 between 9:00 AM and 9:30 AM on Friday, May 13. Appointments are first-come, first-served. For more information, call (803) 734-2100.

Amy’s Kitchen Announces New Facility in Greenville County

$63 million investment expected to create at least 700 new jobs over the next six years

May 11th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley, the South Carolina Department of Commerce and the Greenville Area Development Corporation today announced that Amy’s Kitchen, the nation’s leading maker of natural and organic convenience foods, will establish a new production facility in Greenville County. The $63 million investment is expected to generate more than 700 new jobs over the next six years.

“We are pleased to move forward with our plans to locate a new facility in South Carolina, allowing us to expand production capacity and more easily and efficiently reach customers and markets all along the East Coast. Greenville County provided us with an excellent site and an existing structure suiting our needs. The state of South Carolina offered us a positive business environment as well as exceptional market access. We appreciate all the support we have received from state and local officials,” said Andy Berliner, CEO of Amy’s Kitchen.

Amy’s Kitchen will be purchasing the former Sara Lee building in Greenville County and will be upfitting the facility with new machinery and equipment. The company expects to begin local operations by January 1, 2012.

“Today’s announcement is a major economic development win not just for the Upstate, but South Carolina as a whole. Amy’s Kitchen’s commitment to invest $63 million and create 700 new jobs will have an impact for years to come. Our administration continues to work daily on making sure South Carolina has the competitive business climate that attracts investments like this one. We thank Amy’s Kitchen for deciding to invest in the Palmetto State and look forward to a long relationship with them,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

“Amy’s Kitchen is truly a world-class company and this announcement is another indication that South Carolina is doing the right things to attract the kinds of investments that create new job opportunities. It is more important than ever that we continue our efforts to strengthen our state’s business-friendly climate so that we can see more investments like this one. We congratulate Amy’s Kitchen on the decision to invest here and welcome them to the Palmetto State,” said Bobby Hitt, Secretary of Commerce.

Amy’s Kitchen produces a wide range of natural and organic foods. The company will produce a select line of frozen entrées at its new facility in Greenville.

“This decision by Amy’s Kitchen to bring a new production facility to Greenville County is greatly appreciated. They could have gone other places, but chose this area because of the available facilities, good workforce, and the excellent support provided by our extended economic development team, from local to state level,” noted H.G. “Butch” Kirven Jr., chairman of Greenville County Council and a director of the Greenville Area Development Corporation. “This is another example of how putting your best foot forward pays off in new jobs, new investments, and new opportunities for businesses to be successful here.”

A formal welcome ceremony will be held for Amy’s Kitchen in Greenville in June.

Amy’s Kitchen will begin hiring for the new positions this summer. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should contact http://www.amys.com/about-us/employment.

Michelin Announces Expansion in Lexington County

$200 million Investment expected to create 270 new jobs

May 9th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – May 9, 2011 – Gov. Nikki Haley, the South Carolina Department of Commerce and Lexington County today announced that Michelin will invest another $200 million in its Lexington facility to further expand its tire building capacity. The tire maker has already invested more than $1 billion in the site since it was first established in 1981. This latest project, for which all equipment will be installed by the first half of 2013, will create 270 new jobs, phased in over the next two years. Work will begin immediately.

“Trusted for its quality and value, the Michelin brand was quite resilient during the recent economic crisis,” said Dick Wilkerson, chairman and president of Michelin North America. “As the economy turned, demand for our tires increased dramatically. We must have additional capacity for high performance passenger car tires to meet our customers’ needs. We’re thrilled that the expansion will be in our home state of South Carolina. The Lexington County Council and the state of South Carolina have been effective partners with us, working to make this expansion and the new jobs that support it a reality.”

Michelin’s Lexington passenger and light truck tire facility currently employs 1,360 people in 1.2 million square feet. Michelin also operates an earthmover tire plant at the site, employing 475 people in 825,000 square feet.

“Michelin has been an important part of the Midlands business community for decades and we celebrate the company’s decision to increase its presence in South Carolina. This announcement not only shows the company’s commitment to our state, but that we are doing right things to help South Carolina’s existing businesses grow. We look forward to Michelin’s continued growth in South Carolina,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

“Michelin is a world-class company and we are excited the company will expand operations in Lexington County. Manufacturing continues to play a key role in South Carolina’s economy, and today’s announcement is another indication that our state’s business-friendly climate is working to attract investment from manufacturing companies and create jobs,” said Bobby Hitt, Secretary of Commerce.

“Today we are pleased to be able to celebrate this milestone achievement by Michelin North America.  We are extremely delighted to have them in Lexington County and wish them continued success.  We applaud them for their 30 year commitment to this community and for their level of investment” said Jim Kinard, Chairman of Lexington County Council.

Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks, motorcycles and the space shuttle. The company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America (www.michelin-us.com) employs more than 21,400 and operates 18 major manufacturing plants in 16 locations.

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: May 9, 2011

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week includes the following public events:

Monday, May 9, 10:30 AM: Gov. Haley will visit Lexington High School, Lexington, S.C.

Monday, May 9, 2:00 PM: Gov. Haley will attend economic development announcement, Lexington, S.C.

Tuesday, May 10, 11:30 AM: Gov. Haley to hold press conference at U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, May 11, 10:00 AM: Gov. Haley will attend economic development announcement, Greenville, S.C.

Thursday, May 12, 1:30 PM:  Gov. Haley to speak at Annual Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Luncheon, Brookland Banquet & Conference Center, West Columbia, S.C.

Note: As additional public events are added to the schedule, you’ll be notified.

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: May 2, 2011

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of May 2 included the following:

Monday, May 2

8:30 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

9:30 AM: Budget and Control Board meeting.

11:30 AM: Constituent meeting.

11:45 AM: Television news interview.

1:00 PM: Gov. Haley visited Pure Power Technologies, Blythewood, S.C.

3:00 PM: Gov. Haley called into Bob McLain's show on News Radio WORD.

4:15 PM: Constituent meeting.

5:00 PM: Agency meeting.

5:30 PM: Agency meeting.

Tuesday, May 3

9:20 AM: Agency call.

9:30 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

10:10 AM: Legislative meeting.

10:30 AM: Economic development meeting.

11:00 AM: Gov. Haley greeted Sun City’s Government and Business Relations Board, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

1:00 PM: Legislative meeting.

2:00 PM: Agency meeting.

3:30 PM: Economic development call.

5:00 PM: Agency call.

5:15 PM: Legislative call.

7:00 PM: Agency call.

Wednesday, May 4

8:25 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

8:30 AM: Economic development meeting.

9:30 AM: Press conference.

10:15 AM: Governor call.

11:00 AM: Governor Haley attended S.C. Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Service, S.C. Criminal Justice Academy, Columbia, S.C.

12:30 PM: Agency meeting.

1:30 PM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

2:10 PM: Agency call.

2:15 PM: Newspaper interview.

3:00 PM: Economic development announcement.

3:40 PM: Economic development call.

5:15 PM: Newspaper interview.

6:00 PM: Gov. Haley attended “Great Stops on the Way to the Beach” event, Atlanta, GA.

8:05 PM: Agency call.

Thursday, May 5

8:45 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

9:00 AM: Press conference.

10:50 AM Agency meeting.

11:15 AM: Agency meeting.

11:45 AM: Constituent meeting.

12:00 PM: Gov. Haley participated in the S.C. National Day of Prayer Program, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

3:00 PM: Agency call.

3:15 PM: Newspaper interview.

4:00 PM: Gov. Haley spoke at the Greenville Tea Party Rally, Greenville, S.C.

9:00 PM: Gov. Haley attended the Republican presidential debate, Greenville, S.C.

Friday, May 6

9:30 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

10:00 AM: Press conference.

10:40 AM: Agency meeting.

11:00 AM: Agency meeting.

1:30 PM: Gov. Haley visited Oak Pointe Elementary School, Irmo, S.C.

3:15 PM: Gov. Haley met with Ambassador Jon Huntsman, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

7:00 PM: Gov. Haley spoke at the South Carolina Republican Party Silver Elephant Dinner, Columbia, S.C.

Saturday, May 7

10:30 AM: Gov. Haley spoke at the South Carolina Republican Party State Convention, Columbia, S.C.

Gov. Haley announces first step toward privatizing South Carolina's school bus system

May 6, 2011

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Governor Nikki Haley today kickstarted efforts to privatize South Carolina's student transportation system, by releasing a Request for Information (RFI) to prospective bidders and other interested parties.

By responding to the RFI, experts in student transportation will be able to provide insight and analysis as to how the state can structure its approach to privatization in a way that takes the greatest advantage of leading industry practices.

The Governor's Office will share submissions, which are due by May 27th, with the Department of Education and legislative leadership.  The current draft of the FY 2011-12 budget calls for these officials to jointly explore privatization in the upcoming year. 

The documents can be found here:

School Bus RFI
Appendix A- State Map
Appendix B- Complement
Appendix C- Bus Inventory
Appendix D- Maintenance Facilities

 

Gov. Haley praises S.C. Senate for upholding veto 35-0

May 5th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today praised members of the South Carolina Senate for unanimously sustaining her veto of S 533 and thanked the bill’s sponsor, State Sen. Creighton Coleman, for leading the floor effort to uphold the veto.  The veto was Gov. Haley’s third to be sustained since taking office.

Earlier this session, the entire House upheld Gov. Haley’s first veto 112-0, and just last week the entire Senate upheld the second veto 31-0.  In all three cases, each bill’s sponsor lead the effort to sustain the veto on the floor.

“I would like to thank the Senate again for sustaining my veto,” said Gov. Haley.  “I would also like to specifically thank Senator Coleman for working with the administration to favorably resolve the issue and asking the veto of his bill be upheld.”

In her veto message, Gov. Haley stated she was vetoing S 533 because “it was unnecessary” as existing state law (Act 280 - 2010) currently addresses the issue, and the Department of Revenue had revised its earlier interpretation with the same conclusion.

Governor’s veto message: http://governorsite.sc.gov/ExecutiveOffice/Pages/VetoMessages.aspx

 

Southeast Renewable Energy announces new facility in Dorchester County

$50 million investment expected

May 5th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley, the South Carolina Department of Commerce and Dorchester County today announced that Southeast Renewable Energy will build its new renewable energy facility in Dorchester County. The $50 million investment is expected to generate 20 new jobs over the next five years. The company has also entered into an agreement with the county to utilize virgin wood residue, such as tree limbs and woody right-of-way clearings, for a portion of the plant’s biomass fuel source.

“We are excited about the partnership with the county in this win-win opportunity. Utilizing the county’s wood residue is not only sustainable but it will also save them money and create local jobs,” said Raine Cotton, president and CEO of Southeast Renewable Energy.

Southeast Renewable Energy will build a 15-megawatt biomass energy plant in Dorchester County that will be fueled using virgin wood residues. The company will sell the green power to Santee Cooper, and the plant is expected to be completed in late 2012. It is expected that the new plant will also create many indirect jobs in the logging, trucking and forest product industries.

“This administration is focused on attracting investment and bringing good jobs to every part of our state,” said Gov. Haley. “We couldn’t be happier that Southeast Renewable Energy has chosen to invest and create good jobs in Dorchester County.”

“This investment by Southeast Renewable Energy will further strengthen South Carolina’s growing reputation in the area of renewable energy. Our state’s business-friendly climate continues to attract investment that creates jobs for our state’s residents, and this announcement by Southeast Renewable Energy is the latest example,” said Bobby Hitt, Secretary of Commerce.

The company has previously announced plans for similar plants in Allendale and Kershaw counties. The company has an agreement to sell green power in all cases to Santee Cooper for 30 years. The agreement with the county to use its virgin wood residue for fuel is expected to save Dorchester County about $300,000 each year.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Southeast Renewable to Dorchester County, their investment is yet another in the Charleston region that is making the area a global leader in green energy,” Dorchester County Council Chairman Larry Hargett said. “Not only is SRE creating jobs and investing in Dorchester County, but our partnership will save the county money as well.”

The company will begin requesting applications for the positions in early 2012.

Southeast Renewable Energy was founded in 2000 and is a growing leader in the biomass energy market. The company’s focus is on developing biomass facilities with strategic partners and helping others navigate the development phase. For more information, please visit www.serenew.com.

Gov. Haley taps Major General Abraham J. Turner to be Director of DEW

May 5th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today announced that she will appoint Major General Abraham J. Turner to serve as the Director of the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce.

Video of the governor’s press conference announcing the appointment is available here

“Major General Turner has long-served our country with great distinction, and we couldn’t be more excited that he is coming home to serve our state,” Gov. Haley said.  “General Finan has done a fantastic job getting DEW up-and-running, and Major General Turner is the right person to take the agency to the next level, with a focus on training South Carolinians and pairing them up with the jobs we’re working to create day-in, day-out.”

Major General Turner, a South Carolina native and graduate of South Carolina State University, currently serves as Chief of Staff of United States Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, in Omaha, Nebraska.  Previously, he served as the Commanding General at Fort Jackson (2004-05), the largest Initial Entry Training Center in the United States Army, responsible for training 50 percent of all Soldiers entering the Army each year.  He is scheduled to retire from active duty at the end of this month.

Major General Turner’s experience also includes serving as: Chief Operations Officer, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command, Ft. Monroe, Virginia; Assistant Division Commander for Operations, 82nd Airborne Division, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina; Chief/Head, Army Liaison Element for U.S. House of Representatives; and Advisor/Special Assistant to United States Secretary of State, Washington, D.C.

Gov. Nikki Haley, Walmart CEO Bill Simon announce 4,000 jobs for S.C.

May 4th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today joined Walmart CEO Bill Simon, Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt and Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers at the South Carolina Farmers Market in West Columbia to announce 4,000 jobs for South Carolina.

Video of the announcement is available here.

Gov. Nikki Haley said, “This is a strong company that already employs almost 28,000 people in our state, buys produce from our farmers and holds leadership conferences in our state. To have them continue to invest in South Carolina and create more than 4,000 additional jobs is something we're going to celebrate. We have a lot to be thankful for after Walmart’s $400 million investment.”

Walmart has 77 stores in South Carolina, nine Sam’s Club locations and two distribution centers, providing a full-time average hourly wage of $12.80 per hour. The company also supports more than 95,000 jobs in the state.

“We believe South Carolina is a great investment,” Bill Simon said. “We will open dozens of new stores in communities across the state – creating jobs, driving economic growth and offering South Carolinians the broadest assortment of goods at our everyday low prices. These jobs we offer will be good jobs with competitive wages and benefits and opportunities to build a career.”

Gov. Nikki Haley’s weekly schedule: May 2, 2011

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week includes the following public events:

Monday, May 2, 9:30 AM: Gov. Haley to attend Budget and Control Board meeting, Room 252, Edgar Brown Building, Statehouse grounds, Columbia, S.C.

Monday, May 2, 1:00 PM: Gov. Haley to visit Pure Power Technologies, Blythewood, S.C.

Monday, May 2, 3:00 PM: Gov. Haley to appear on Bob McLain’s News Radio WORD show.

Tuesday, May 3, 11:00 AM: Gov. Haley to greet Sun City’s Government and Business Affairs Board, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

Wednesday, May 4, 11:00 AM: Gov. Haley to attend South Carolina Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Service, Criminal Justice Academy, Columbia, S.C.

Wednesday, May 4, 6:00 PM: Gov. Haley to attend “Great Stops on the Way to the Beach” tourism event, Atlanta, GA

Thursday, May 5, 12:00 PM: Gov. Haley to attend South Carolina’s National Day of Prayer event, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

Thursday, May 5, 4:00 PM: Gov. Haley to speak at Greenville Tea Party event, Greenville, S.C.

Thursday, May 5, 9:00 PM: Gov. Haley to attend Republican presidential debate, Greenville, S.C.

Friday, May 6, 1:30 PM: Gov. Haley to visit Oak Pointe Elementary School, Irmo, S.C.

Friday, May 6, 7:00 PM: Gov. Haley and First Gentleman Michael Haley to attend Silver Elephant Dinner, Columbia, S.C.

Saturday, May 7, 9:00 AM: Gov. Haley to attend South Carolina Republican Party State Convention, Columbia, S.C. 

Note: As additional public events are added to the schedule, you’ll be notified.

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: April 25, 2011

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of April 25 included the following:

Monday, April 25

8:30 AM:  Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

9:00 AM:  Economic development meeting.

10:00 AM: Agency meeting.

10:34 AM: Radio interview.

10:50 AM: Legislative call.

11:00 AM: Gov. Haley attended swearing-in ceremony for South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services Director Kela Thomas, S.C. State University, Orangeburg, S.C.

1:00 PM: Gov. Haley attended the Aiken Rotary Club meeting, Aiken, S.C.

2:00 PM: Gov. Haley held small business meet-and-greet, Daybreak Adult Care Services, Aiken, S.C.

2:30 PM: Newspaper interview.

3:30 PM: Agency call.

5:00 PM: Agency meeting.

Tuesday, April 26

9:30 AM: Gov. Haley attended National Federation of Independent Business press conference with Attorney General Alan Wilson, State Rep. Eric Bedingfield and NFIB leadership, Greenville, S.C.

10:30 AM: Newspaper interview.

11:30 AM: Television news interview.

2:00 PM: Gov. Haley held small business meet-and-greet, Celebration Cottage, Rock Hill, S.C.

4:00 PM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

4:30 PM: Agency meeting.

6:00 PM: Legislative meeting.

6:30 PM: Agency meeting.

Wednesday, April 27

8:40 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

8:45 AM: Legislative meeting.

10:00 AM: Gov. Haley attended EverFi student financial literacy announcement, Columbia, S.C.

11:00 AM: Constituent meeting.

11:30 AM: Constitutional officer meeting.

12:30 PM: Gov. Haley spoke at the “Rally for Our Veterans” program, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

2:00 PM: Television news interview.

3:10 PM: Agency meeting.

3:15 PM: Constitutional officer call.

3:30 PM: Legislative meeting.

4:00 PM: Economic development call.

4:30 PM: Legislative meeting.

4:45 PM: Legislative meeting.

5:15 PM: Economic development call.

6:15 PM: Legislative meeting.

7:00 PM: Gov. Haley and First Gentleman Michael Haley attended the SC Teacher of the Year Celebration, Columbia, S.C.

Thursday, April 28

8:20 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

8:30 AM: Legislative meeting.

9:30 AM: Economic development call.

10:00 AM: Economic development call.

10:30 AM: Economic development call.

12:00 PM: Gov. Haley spoke at the 6th Annual Free Enterprise Foundation Awards, Charleston, S.C.

1:00 PM: Television news interview.

2:30 PM: Television news interview.

3:30 PM: Newspaper interview.

4:00 PM: Economic development call.

4:45 PM: Agency call.

5:45 PM: Economic development call

Friday, April 29

10:00 AM: Gov. Haley held press conference to discuss first 100 days, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

11:50 AM: Agency call.

1:05 PM: Governor call.

2:15 PM: Newspaper interview.

2:50 PM: Governor call.

3:00 PM: Gov. Haley held press conference to discuss first 100 days, Florence, S.C.

4:00 PM: Gov. Haley held “Open Door after 4”, Florence, S.C.

Sunday, May 1

1:30 PM: Gov. Haley and First Gentleman Michael Haley attended Motorcycle Awareness Rally, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

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Gov. Nikki Haley: "(The Obama Administration) can't be serious about illegal immigration if they won't allow South Carolina to enforce our laws."

CertusBank to locate corporate headquarters and create 250 new jobs in Greenville County

Gov. Nikki Haley Skypes wiht Round Top Elementary 2nd graders

Gov. Haley, Agriculture Department, grocery retailers and celebrity Certified SC chefs announce "Lee Brother Your Supper" promotion

Gov. Nikki Haley's Weekly Schedule: May 23, 2011

Gov. Nikki Haley's Schedule: May 16, 2011

Statement from Gov. Nikki Haley on unemployment figures

Gov. Nikki Haley announces S.C.'s National Youth Science Camp participants

Gov. Nikki Haley signs Voter ID bill into law

Gov. Nikki Haley statement on Corps on Engineers decision to fund study of Charleston port

Gov. Nikki Haley to hold Cabinet meeting on Tuesday

Gov. Nikki Haley announces State Financial Summit

Gov. Nikki Haley on FOX & Friends: "It's an assult on everything we know to be American"

Gov. Haley to hold "Open Door after 4" meetings on Monday

Amy's Kitchen announces new facility in Greenville County

Michelin announces expansion in Lexington County

Gov. Nikki Haley's Weekly schedule: May 9, 2011

Gov. Nikki Haley's Schedule: May 2, 2011

Gov. Haley announces first step toward privatizing South Carolina's school bus system

Gov. Haley praises S.C. Senate for upholding veto 35-0

Southeast Renewable Energy announces new facility in Dorchester County

Gov. Haley taps Major General Abraham J. Turner to be Director of DEW

Gov. Nikki Haley, Walmart CEO Bill Simon announce 4,000 jobs for S.C.

Gov. Nikki Haley's weekly schedule: May 2, 2011

Gov. Nikki Haley's Schedule: April 25, 2011