Gregg Robinson Speaks on the Economic Growth of Florence County At The Chamber’s Annual Membership Luncheon

Florence County is well-positioned to attract new industries and higher-paying jobs, according to Gregg Robinson. Robinson, CEO of Florence County Economic Partnership, spoke Wednesday, September 21st at the Annual Membership Luncheon of the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce and reflected on his first 70 days on the job. He noted qualities about Florence County that would attract manufacturers, and communicated ways to recruit new businesses and shared the master plan for five new industrial parks.

Robinson spoke to about 500 people.

Robinson, who has nearly 30 years of experience in economic development, started off his speech highlighting the growth Florence County has experienced and credited its growth to the visionaries who saw a vision for Florence County and worked toward it.

“Florence is standing on the back of a lot of visionaries,” Robinson said. “It is about cathedral thinking and building blocks for the future generation to stand on. Even knowing that we will never see the chapel finished. It is always about creating that foundation of success.”

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James Marvin Owen named Florence Chamber Business Person of the Year

The Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce 2022 Business Person of the Year is James Marvin Owen.
Owen is one of the owners of ACS. He is president emeritus and chairman of the ACS Board of Directors. Owen has worked for 39 years in service not only to the clients of ACS but also to its employees.
Owen said he has not earned this honor alone. He said this award is a reflection on all of ACS’s nearly 400 employees.

As he came to the podium to accept the award, Owen said, “Wow. Wow … I am humbled and honored by this. This is totally unexpected.”

In making the presentation, Amber Sellers, commercial relationship manager of Wells Fargo, said Owen’s first job was with the Computer Consulting Division of Arthur Anderson in Charlotte. Those four years would provide valuable experience as he made the move in 1983 to a new start-up – Computer Dimensions – in Florence.

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Downtown Florence’s Tap into Downtown Craft Brew Crawl Held This Past Weekend

It was a great evening in Downtown Florence this past Friday for the Tap into Downtown Craft Brew Crawl.

Florence Downtown Development wants to thank everyone who attended and spent time visiting the small downtown businesses while sampling a variety of craft beers.

Thanks to True Light Photography for sharing photos and a special thank you to the event sponsors: El Agave Mexican Restaurant, Mi Tierra San Jose, and the Hyatt Place Florence/Downtown.

Tickets for this event go on sale each year in July, so keep a look out next summer for the 2023 event!

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This Past Week’s ChamberLink Radio Show Hosted Teressa Reich

Teressa Reich, President and CEO of the Manor, talked with the Florence Chamber about their mission to provide the highest quality housing, health care, services and amenities in the retirement community this past Sunday from 12:00-12:30pm on LIVE 95.3FM in Florence, SC.

Teressa talked about the Manor is a place where you can age in place with care for seniors during all stages of retirement. They offer Independent Living for those who can live life on their own terms, varying levels of Assisted Living for those who need extra help, and Memory Care for those who suffer from dementia.

If you are interested in being a part of the radio program, please contact Jay Lavrinc at (843) 519-0938.

City of Florence Presented With An Achievement Award By The Municipal Association of South Carolina

The Municipal Association of South Carolina presented its Achievement Award to the city of Florence for its downtown revitalization efforts.

The Joseph P. Riley Jr. award was presented by Charlie Barrieneau, the association’s field services manager.

The city was recognized for its efforts to bring Sav-A-Lot grocery store downtown and the City Center Market, which helped to reduce food insecurity in the area. It also developed a health and wellness campus, which includes the Barnes Street Activities Center.

The award also recognized the city’s efforts to help entrepreneurs find grants to locate their businesses downtown.

The awards recognized the city’s downtown redevelopment efforts. Those efforts are continuing.

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Keep Florence Beautiful Competitors Run, Paddle Their Way To Victory in Adventure Race

Three types of teams competed Saturday in a two-stage race in which the participants started a 5K and paddled home along five miles of river — the Keep Florence Beautiful Adventure Race at Lynches River County Park.

Participants either ran as individuals (one runner and the same runner as one paddler in a kayak), as a relay team (one runner, a different paddler) or as a tandem team (two run together, two paddle in the same kayak).

The race started in the parking lot above the canoe launch and ended at the US 52 landing on Lynches River.

“It’s our annual fundraiser,” said Bobbie Moore. “Some of the funds go directly back into the park. We also put funds into keep the river clear and we put funds in to do various projects around Florence and Florence County.

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Kooper Leadership Academy To Offer Free Workshop Series

Join Kooper Leadership Academy as they host a free workshop series.  The one-hour workshops will be held on Wednesdays at the Chamber offices.  Scheduled dates are October 13, October 20 & November 3.  Topics of discussion include Goal Setting, Power of Focus & Personal Excellence.

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The School Foundation Gala is Less Than Two Weeks Away

The School Foundation’s 22nd Annual Gala will be held on Tuesday, September 27th at Florence Darlington Technical College’s SiMT. Distinguished graduate is J. Boone Aiken III, an attorney with Aiken, Bridges, Elliott, Tyler & Saleeby, P.A. At the gala, the buffet will be held from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., and the program begins at 7:00 p.m.

At this event the names of the 2022-2023 Teacher of the Year will be announced. The 2022-2023 Principal of the Year as well as the 2022-2023 Assistant Principal of the Year will also be recognized.

Reserve your tickets/table online today! Reservations and ticket option payments may be obtained by call 843-662-9996.

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Are You REAL ID Ready?

On May 3, 2023, U.S. travelers must be REAL ID compliant to board domestic flights and access certain federal facilities.  A gold star on your license or ID designates it as a REAL ID. If your license or ID does not have a gold star, it will have a message stating “Not for Federal Identification” and is not compliant to access TSA checkpoints beginning May 3, 2023.

Even though the federal law is not effective until May 3, 2023, anyone can get a REAL ID now.  To learn more, please click here.

Darlington Raceway To Once Again Host Two Race Weekends In 2023

As part of NASCAR’s announcement of the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series schedules, Darlington Raceway will host NASCAR race weekends on May 12-14 and Sept. 2-3. This will be the third consecutive year the track Too Tough To Tame will host two Cup Series race weekends.

“Darlington Raceway continues to be one of the most competitive and beloved tracks on the NASCAR schedule, so we look forward to hosting two NASCAR Cup Series race weekends again in 2023,” said Kerry Tharp, Darlington Raceway President. “As NASCAR celebrates its 75th anniversary season, the Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR will showcase the history of the sport like never before over Mother’s Day weekend. The tradition continues with the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs starting as part of the crown jewel Cook Out Southern 500 over Labor Day weekend.”

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