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#ColumbiaAgenda: The IT Industry: Where Does SC Rank, Rideshare Bill, Women in Business Awards, Scott Garvin, Ghosts of Toys R Us, The Coming Sriracha War

Apr 10, 2019 10:19AM ● By Chris Haire

South Carolina is not exactly known as a tech hub, but according to a new report, the Palmetto State isn't doing quite so bad: In a recently released report from Comptia, a leading IT trade association, South Carolina ranks 34th among U.S. states when it comes to tech workers as a percentage of the total workforce -- a ranking that places the Palmetto State closer to the middle than the bottom.

Some South Carolina 128,521 workers, or 5.8% of the total workforce, can claim they work in the IT sector, while neighboring Georgia can claim 16th place, with 7.7% percent of its total workforce in IT (361,894 workers). Meanwhile, sister state North Carolina can claim 18th place, with 7.6% of its total workforce in IT (354,166).

The median salary for tech workers in the Palmetto State: $69,400. In the Peach State: $80,300; and the Tarheel State: $79,100. 

At $1.7 billion in investments, North Carolina is also among the Top 5 states for venture capital, putting it in the company of California ($32.2 billion), New York ($9.5 billion), Massachusetts ($3.5 billion), and Texas ($1.5 billion).

South Carolina's leading IT sectors all experienced year-over-year growth, with IT Services and Custom Software Services (+5.9%) and Tech Manufacturing (+7.1%) leading the charge.


Nominations Open For Inaugural SC Women In Business Awards: Integrated Media Publishing announces the launch of the first SC Women in Business Awards presented by Greenville Business Magazine, Columbia Business Monthly, and Charleston Business Magazine.

The 2019 SC Women In Business Awards are for female entrepreneurs, executives, employees, and the organizations they fund who are making a difference. This prestigious award will honor selected businesswomen across South Carolina based on career achievements, contributions to their company, and community involvement.

An award ceremony will be held in July. The recipients will be featured in the June issues of Columbia Business Monthly and Greenville Business Magazine and the July/August issue of Charleston Business Magazine.

Nominations are open and forms can be found here.


‘We’re trying to survive’: SC farmers in limbo as Congress spars over disaster relief (The State)

SC House passes rideshare bill after USC student’s death, despite Uber’s concerns (Rock Hill Herald)

Hominy Grill, celebrated pillar of downtown Charleston’s culinary scene, is closing (Post and Courier)

SC musicians and vinyl shops revel in the unexpected resurgence of the record (Post and Courier)

Clemson alumni’s invention gets Mark Cuban investment on ‘Shark Tank’ (Anderson Independent-Mail)

BofA plans to raise minimum wage to $20 an hour over two years (American Banker)
Ghost of Toys R Us Still Haunts Toy Makers (Manufacturing.Net)

YouTube Jumping Into Interactive Programming (Variety)

Ray Dalio Sounds a New Alarm on Capitalism’s Flaws, Warns of Revolution (Bloomberg)

Boeing Cutting Production Rate of Troubled 737 Max Jet (Manufacturing.Net)

Delays at U.S.-Mexico border crossing hits autos, trucks still lining up (AutoNews)

Waypoint Robotics launches 3,000-lb.-carrying heavy-duty omnidirectional autonomous mobile robot (The Robot Report)

The Army Wants AI to Read Soldiers’ Minds (Defense One)

The Wire
Columbia-Based Pure Power Technologies Acquired By Stanadyne, LLC

Perdue Farms Invests $25 Million In Dillon County Expansion

CenturyLink Brings Broadband To 7,500 Rural Homes And Businesses In S.C.

South Carolina ETV, South Carolina Public Radio Launch Storytelling-Focused Weather Service

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Scott Garvin
Garvin Design Group  

Scott Garvin has practiced architecture in the region for more than 27 years and established Garvin Design Group in 2003. He has been involved in the design and management of more than $500 million worth of projects and launched Garvin Design Group in order to provide client-driven design solutions, utilizing more strategic delivery models. 

Garvin is directly involved with every project, with a particular focus on the client’s objectives, schedule, and budget. He also spearheads the corporate business and marketing functions of the firm. Scott has been involved with significant projects around the state including the University of South Carolina Strom Thurmond Wellness Center, the revitalization of the Olympia and Granby Mills, and the expansion of the Peace Center for the Performing Arts in Greenville. 

Born and raised in Aiken, Garvin graduated from Clemson University in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in design. He received his masters in architecture in 1986 from Clemson and spent a semester in Italy for overseas study. He lives in Lexington with his wife, Mary, and their four daughters.

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