Hotel Industry Releases Top 5 Requirements to Travel Safely

 The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) today released the “Safe Stay Guest Checklist” for guests on how to travel safely while also creating a standardized safety experience nationwide. This checklist is part of AHLA’s Safe Stay guidelines, an industry-wide, enhanced set of health and safety protocols designed to provide a safe and clean environment for all…

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South Carolina Interstate System’s Rate of Fatalities, Bridge Deterioration, Travel Increase and Congestion Among Highest in U.S.

As the U.S. Interstate Highway System reaches 64 years old, it faces increasing congestion, unprecedented levels of travel – particularly by large trucks – and insufficient funding to make needed repairs and improvements. America’s most critical transportation link will need to be rebuilt and expanded to meet the nation’s growing transportation needs, according to a…

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City Council Passes Additional COVID-19 Protective Measures

At their meeting July 14, Charleston City Council passed a set of additional emergency measures [attached] to protect the community against the spread of COVID-19, which went into effect citywide on July 15, 2020.  These include: ·       Amended mask requirement clarifying that it applies to all areas of the city ·       Increased penalties for noncompliance ·       50% capacity in…

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Sherry Coutain of Horry County Receives the Murray L. Vincent Outstanding Prevention Professional Award

Sherry Coutain was awarded the 2020 Murray L. Vincent Outstanding Prevention Professional award. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the award was presented at a small gathering at Riverfront Park in Conway, South Carolina. Coutain will be recognized alongside the 2021 recipient at Fact Forward’s Annual Conference, Summer Institute 2021. Coutain is the Family Life Educator at Family…

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On Common Ground: Grounded Solutions Network CEO Pens Essay, Adds Racial Justice Context

Wealth and land ownership in America has historically been tied to systemic racism, segregation and targeted African-American exclusion from homeownership – with present-day Black Lives Matter   protests for justice reminiscent of the Civil Rights Movement – according to Grounded Solutions Network CEO Tony Pickett and leading housing advocates around the world in a new book tracing…

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Claflin University Becomes a Regional Hub for Coding and Creativity

July 17, Claflin University announced it will become a regional hub for Coding and Creativity as part of Apple’s Community Education Initiative and Tennessee State University’s HBCU C2 initiative designed to bring coding and creativity experiences to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and their communities. “We are extremely excited and grateful for our selection…

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Lowe’s More Than Doubles Small Business Grant Program to $55 Million, Expands Minority Grant Offering and Extends Reach to Rural Communities

  In response to the overwhelming need to help support small businesses across the country, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. is announcing it is increasing its minority small business grants from $25 million to $30 million while donating an additional $25 million to its small business grant program with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), doubling the amount already committed. The additional funds will focus…

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Dominion Energy Commits $35 Million to Initiative Supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Minority Student Scholarships

  Dominion Energy is launching a $35 million initiative in support of African American and underrepresented minority students. This six-year program will support historically black colleges and universities in Virginia, Ohio, North Carolina and South Carolina. Additionally, as part of the initiative, a $10 million scholarship fund will be created to support African American and…

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