Thursday, February 11, 2016

Cities Mean Business magazine hot off the press

Listen to the podcast with City Manager Charlie Barrineau about Greenwood's first craft brewery featured in this issue of Cities Mean Business.

The latest issue of the Association’s Cities Mean Business magazine just came out and it features  stories about successes in ten cities and towns, plus a message from Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt.

Hitt reinforces the theme he has brought to local officials many times – collaboration at all levels of government leads to increased economic growth.

Breweries and food trucks have landed in many South Carolina cities with a huge splash of success. Find out what Greenwood, Rock Hill and North Charleston are doing to encourage the growth of this exploding economic sector. Listen to a podcast interview with Greenwood's city manager talking about the success of Good Times Brewing.

North Charleston, Columbia and Bennettsville are featured in an article focusing on business-friendly practices that go beyond creating an online billing portal or shortened wait time in a line. Front lines staff who deal directly with businesses talk about their philosophy of solving problems with a business-friendly attitude that achieves the goals of the city and the business owner.

Getting people around your town efficiently is important for both residents and visitors. Newberry, Camden and Travelers Rest have put in place strategic wayfinding plans that incorporate parking, business development, branding and tourism.

The magazine will be inserted in the spring issue of SC Biz magazine, distributed to legislators and state policy makers, and mailed to more than 500 business leaders around the state.

The Association partners with SC Biz twice a year to publish Cities Mean Business as a way to celebrate cities' successes and illustrate the importance of cities to the state's economic growth.

If you missed the issue from last summer, read it here. Stories featured entrepreneurs happy with the cities where they chose to locate, city art and the booming young professional organizations in cities of all sizes.

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