Charleston Business News

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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2017 Growing New Farmers Program Now Accepting Applications

Lowcountry Local First, in partnership with the College of Charleston’s School of Professional Studies, has opened up a call for applications to the 2017 Growing New Farmers Program. This program provides 6 months of experiential, hands-on training at Middleton Place USDA Certified Organic Farm, coupled with curriculum-based instruction in a classroom setting and an optional apprenticeship. Topics covered…

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2017 Likely Another Dull Year For Black Business In An Illuminating Economy

By Barney Blakeney As economic development initiatives scar the metropolitan Charleston landscape, the outlook for black business participation in those abundant swells continues to be unimpressive. Former Charleston City Councilman Kwadjo Campbell said 2017 will be business as usual for black owned firms – minimal opportunities in a land of plenty. “I don’t see anything…

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Transportation Hub In Liberty Hill Takes Another Step Forward

By Barney Blakeney Efforts to establish an intermodal transportation hub at the Amtrak train station off Rivers Avenue in North Charleston are moving forward. Residents of the nearby Liberty Hill community welcome it. The Intermodal Transportation Center is a concept that would centralize surface mass transit – trains, buses and taxis – at one location…

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Airport Reconstruction Closes With About 30 Percent Minority Business Participation, More To Come

By Barney Blakeney The Charleston International Airport Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program was completed a few months ago. The project cost over $200 million. From the outset minority business participation was expected to be minimal. Airport Executive Director Paul Campbell said last week the project finished with minority business participation spending at about 30 percent…

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Community Groups Reach $4 Million Agreement With Palmetto Railways

A $4 million agreement to mitigate the potential effects on the surrounding communities of Palmetto Railways’ construction of a railway at the former Charleston Navy Base was announced at a press conference Wednesday, November 9 at the corner of North Carolina and Reynolds Avenues in North Charleston. The agreement includes measures to avoid environmental damage…

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African American Museums Offer Business Opportunities For Black Communities

By Barney Blakeney The Smithsonian’s African American Museum of History and Culture opened Sept. 24. It is expected to boost black tourism in the nation’s capital, resulting in increased profits to black owned businesses in the Washington, D.C. area. The International African American Museum is expected to open in Charleston by 2019. Tourism is Charleston’s…

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