June 2011 | Page 3 of 4 | Business Facilities - Economic Development, Site Selection & Workforce Solutions

GrowGreen Power plans to combine a renewable energy power plant with a 50-acre hydroponic greenhouse in NC.


GrowGreen Power plans to combine a renewable energy power plant with a 50-acre hydroponic greenhouse in NC.

Piedmont Region Aims for Biomass Plant

4 years ago


Pants On Fire

  Rep. Anthony Weiner says he’s not going to resign. The New York congressman has been caught, literally, with his pants down by the online tabloid snoops who keep their eyes peeled for this kind of stuff. After several days of indignant denials, Weiner finally stepped up to the mike on Tuesday and admitted that he did in fact transmit several revealing photos from his Weiner collection to at least six young women he claims he never met. Weiner also claims this is a private matter, even though he posted his money shot on Twitter. The last time we checked, Twitter was designed to make a statement to the entire Internet planet at the same time. Stay tuned for the public hearings that will determine whether said Weiner photos were distributed using government property, a.k.a. the laptop in Anthony’s office on Capitol Hill. This has been a championship season for lying by public officials. Everybody wants to get into the act, even former public officials yearning to again feed at the public trough and celebrities pretending they want to hold public office. Down in North Carolina, we have former Sen. John Edwards indignantly denying he did anything illegal when he received $1 million in unreported campaign contributions from a 99-year-old heiress. Edwards used the money to keep his mistress and their baby in luxury digs while his wife was dying of cancer and he was busy trying to con the country into electing him president. Edwards claims this is a private matter, but has yet to explain why a successful malpractice lawyer worth an estimated $200 million needed to borrow money to keep his baby mama silent. Apparently, there was some money left over from the hush fund, since Edwards appeared in front of the federal courthouse sporting another one of those $400 haircuts he favors.  No word on whether Arnold Schwarzenegger will appear as a character witness for Edwards. During his entire tenure as governor of California, Schwarzenegger secretly was supporting a love child sired with his housekeeper. Arnold recently revealed this unfortunate fact to his wife, Maria, who moved out of their mansion. The Governator reportedly has gone into hiding in Idaho. Over in Japan, the latest version of the Japanese government quietly admitted this week that three of the nuclear reactors at the Fukushima power station did in fact experience a “full meltdown” in the days after the earthquake and tsunami struck. This statement was issued after weeks of denials in which officials maintained the reactor cores […]







60 Seconds with Gen. Hank Taylor, VP of Global Business Development, Charleston Regional Development Alliance

60 Seconds with Gen. Hank Taylor, VP of Global Business Development, Charleston Regional Development Alliance

The Show Me Spirit The Home Depot store is no longer standing in Joplin, MO, but the clerks are busy selling building materials in the parking lot. Less than a month after a massive 200 m.p.h. tornado tore through the middle of town (killing more than 130 people), the residents of Joplin are lifting the spirits of the nation with their determination to rebuild. Within a week after the May 22 storm, St. John’s Regional Medical Center—which took a direct hit from the tornado—resumed operations: a temporary tent hospital has been set up across the street from the wrecked building; trailers house MRI and CAT scan units; two new helipads have been paved. While most of the 900 who were injured in the tornado are being treated in neighboring towns, St. John’s says it’s now able to handle up to 60 patients at a time in its makeshift facilities. “We can do already what we used to do in our big building, just on a smaller scale, and as we go through the next few weeks that scale will grow,” said Dr. Bob Dodson, St. John’s trauma medical director. Over at the Home Depot, employees in orange vests are busy helping customers stock up on building materials piled high on tables in the parking lot of the demolished store. While Joplin residents queue up for plywood and roofing materials, workers are hammering away in another section of the lot, putting up a 30,000-square-foot temporary building that will open later this month. Gen. Hank Taylor is bringing three decades of experience in the U.S. military with him as he takes command of Charleston’s global development effort. BF: You bring a unique combination of corporate and government experience to your new position. Will this give you an advantage in bringing new business to Charleston? HT: The totality of my experiences will be instrumental in recruiting international business to the Charleston, SC. region, which comprises Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties. During my military service I visited 27 different countries, acquiring deep insights and an appreciation for many cultural differences. I understand the necessity of constructive relationships, the importance of patience, knowledge of business needs and pacing. BF: What are the strongest reasons for foreign companies to consider locating a facility in the Charleston area? HT: World class companies tell us that our low cost of doing business, our available and skilled workforce, and our strategic transportation infrastructure make our region the right place for companies to do business. With more than 700 internationally-owned […]


60 Seconds with Gen. Hank Taylor, VP of Global Business Development, Charleston Regional Development Alliance

60 Seconds with Gen. Hank Taylor, VP of Global Business Development, Charleston Regional Development Alliance

The Show Me Spirit The Home Depot store is no longer standing in Joplin, MO, but the clerks are busy selling building materials in the parking lot. Less than a month after a massive 200 m.p.h. tornado tore through the middle of town (killing more than 130 people), the residents of Joplin are lifting the spirits of the nation with their determination to rebuild. Within a week after the May 22 storm, St. John’s Regional Medical Center—which took a direct hit from the tornado—resumed operations: a temporary tent hospital has been set up across the street from the wrecked building; trailers house MRI and CAT scan units; two new helipads have been paved. While most of the 900 who were injured in the tornado are being treated in neighboring towns, St. John’s says it’s now able to handle up to 60 patients at a time in its makeshift facilities. “We can do already what we used to do in our big building, just on a smaller scale, and as we go through the next few weeks that scale will grow,” said Dr. Bob Dodson, St. John’s trauma medical director. Over at the Home Depot, employees in orange vests are busy helping customers stock up on building materials piled high on tables in the parking lot of the demolished store. While Joplin residents queue up for plywood and roofing materials, workers are hammering away in another section of the lot, putting up a 30,000-square-foot temporary building that will open later this month. Gen. Hank Taylor is bringing three decades of experience in the U.S. military with him as he takes command of Charleston’s global development effort. BF: You bring a unique combination of corporate and government experience to your new position. Will this give you an advantage in bringing new business to Charleston? HT: The totality of my experiences will be instrumental in recruiting international business to the Charleston, SC. region, which comprises Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties. During my military service I visited 27 different countries, acquiring deep insights and an appreciation for many cultural differences. I understand the necessity of constructive relationships, the importance of patience, knowledge of business needs and pacing. BF: What are the strongest reasons for foreign companies to consider locating a facility in the Charleston area? HT: World class companies tell us that our low cost of doing business, our available and skilled workforce, and our strategic transportation infrastructure make our region the right place for companies to do business. With more than 700 internationally-owned […]