Charleston Business News

Metanoia and Lowcountry Local First Collaborate For Reynolds Avenue Community Storefront Project Opportunity

By Natalie Prioleau The sun sets, casting shadows on boarded, empty and abandoned buildings in the North area of Charleston. Passersby can witness large vacant spaces throughout the intersections of Rivers Avenue and McMillan Avenue and Rivers and Reynolds Avenue. The scene is all that’s left of a previously thriving commercial shopping center and strip…

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Working on the Port Access Road – Meet Adrian Mack, Utility Laborer

Omar Muhammad, the President of Lowcountry Alliance for Model Communities (LAMC) is determined to connect local residents with job opportunities in the LAMC neighborhoods.  When Muhammad shared information about a pre-employment program for the Port Access Road project, Germaine Jenkins, the CEO, Farm & Market Director of Fresh Future Farm in the Chicora Cherokee neighborhood, immediately…

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Utility Consumers Should Get Their Money Back

By Barney Blakeney SCE&G officials stunned the state’s electric and gas consumers July 31 when it announced it would abandon construction of nuclear plants in Fairfield County. But what many consumers of the utility monopoly want to know is how much more the $9 billion investment shouldered by ratepayers will cost them. Hidden among the…

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Pryor Vows Economic Parity In County’s Library Construction Projects

By Barney Blakeney Contractors last month broke ground on construction for a new library in the East Cooper community. And the construction of four others soon should begin as well. Voters in November approved $108.5 million for the new libraries and renovation to 13 others. Minority business and employment advocates say the activity represents great…

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SCDOT Getting Approval For Three-Year DBE Spending

By Barney Blakeney Fixing and maintaining South Carolina’s roads is a massive undertaking that will ramp up as the new state gas tax provides more revenue. The S.C. Department of Transportation expects that road construction and improvements will be ongoing even after the new gas tax increase of 12 cents maxes out over the next…

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Campbell Urges Support For Economic Stimulus Package Before County Council

By Barney Blakeney Economic development characterizes the metropolitan Charleston community and companies locating to the area are funding initiatives that train and prepare workers. Black communities must engage them more. Towards that end, business consultants JC & Associates have proposed to Charleston County Council a 10-year, $41 million economic stimulus package principle partner Kwadjo Campbell…

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Sustained Protests Of Sword-wielding Merchants To Begin May 1

By Barney Blakeney Several local civil rights organizations May 1 plan to begin organized protests at the North Charleston neighborhood convenience store where a man accused March 29 of shoplifting was beaten by store operators. The March 29 assault during which the attackers repeatedly struck the accused man with a sword and held him at…

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Upper Peninsula Development Not Yet Said and Done

By Barney Blakeney  Upper peninsula Charleston redevelopment is accelerating. The Huger Street/Meeting Street/Morrison Drive corridor is rapidly changing the landscape. And in its course gentrification that has resulted in the displacement of black residents continues. We asked some city officials their thoughts. While elected representatives seem to think development is a runaway train, East Central…

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Longshoremen? I Beg Your Pardon – They’re Longshorewomen!

By Barney Blakeney Several weeks ago during a conversation with an old friend I was told for the past 18 years she has worked as a longshorewoman with Local 1422 International Longshoremen Association Union. She is among a dozen or so females who work alongside their male counterparts in one of the most male-dominated occupations…

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