The Greenville Spartanburg Airport has a new leader at the helm that is determined to bring in a low cost carrier to remedy the airports biggest problem: high fares. Executive director Gary Jackson recently retired after 20 years, and David Edwards was tapped to lead GSP after posting many successes at the Asheville Regional Airport. He's adamant about getting a carrier such as Jet Blue on board and adding more non-stop routes which will make GSP very competitive regionally. He's also interested in giving the terminal and parking garages a facelift that will give them a look more in line with the 21st century.
Electric Vehicles Could be Made in Greenville
Yet another car manufacturer is looking at the Upstate for a corporate, manufacturing, and R&D facility. CT&T, a Korean manufacturer of electric vehicles, has put South Carolina into the mix of other states under consideration that include North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and California.The company plans to hire 2600 employees over the next five years to produce the electric vehicles and batteries. The E-Zone car is designed as a commuter car with speeds ups to 35 mph, and is the only low-speed vehicle to pass the international crash standards. The firm intends to start selling utility and city-drive vehicles by the end of 2009 for prices ranging between $8,000 and $16,000.
Poe Mill As Possible Recreation FacilityThe abandoned Poe Mill near the center of Greenville may have a future after being abandoned for years. The Greenville County Redevelopment Authority is seeking federal funds to purchase the mill, which burned in 2003, and intends to convert it into a recreation facility or park. An environmental study still needs to be completed as per federal requirements, but don't hold your breath, redevelopment can wait up to 10 years to spend the federal money if it is granted.
Fluor Engineering Lands Military Contract
Local engineering firm Fluor has landed a military contract for building and providing logistics for military bases in Afghanistan that could be worth $7 billion over five years. Although most of the new jobs will be created overseas, the company expects to create about 100 new jobs locally that will include positions related to project management. Fluor also noted that they are bidding on similar contract work to support military bases in Iraq.
We have pleasant summer weather with highs in the high 80's just touching on 90 degree weather, lows in the mid-60's with scattered thunder showers Thursday through next Wednesday.
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Lee, Galen, Kaitlyn Rose and Danny on a recent hike to the lizard's head peak in Colorado