When Ike McLeese, former executive director of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, passed away late last year, the Midlands lost a formidable fighter in the battle to keep Fort Jackson and other local military installations vibrant and active.
Most everyone in South Carolina understands our citizens generally are not the healthiest in the country.
Columbia lost two great business and civic leaders in the fourth quarter of this year – Nelson Mullins attorney Steve Morrison and Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce chief executive Ike McLeese.
Historically, the Main Street of any city is the core of its business district, where small businesses flourish, service companies are well represented, and residents live. Sometimes Main Streets are neglected and abandoned in favor of newer, more attractive shopping centers and subdivisions away from the center of town.
In the 2000s, something disheartening happened in US manufacturing. The U.S. trade balance for advanced technology swung to an unprecedented deficit as the industry lost one-third of its workforce.
Many Columbians were disappointed three years ago when Southwest Airlines overlooked its airport and chose Charleston and Greenville/Spartanburg as the locations at which it would locate new service.