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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Scottish Games in Greenville, Southwest Airlines at GSP, More Jobs in Anderson

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Get Your Kilts Ready!

TechnologyThe Greenville Scottish Games are upon us again on May 28-29 and the organizers have really outdone themselves this year with a landmark event. The BIG NEWS is that His Royal Highness The Prince Edward of Essex will be here in the parade and around the games on Saturday. His presence is the first time a senior British royal has visited a Scottish games outside of Scotland and the first time a royal has visited the Upstate. Getting Prince Edward to come has attracted far more contestants and big names than in the previous years. The Great Scott Parade has been ramped up with other celebrities including the 2010 Miss America, Miss South Carolina, and Miss South Carolina Teen, plus more Earles, Barons, and pipe bands than you can shake an axe at. The fun in kilts continues after the parade with Celtic rock bands performing outdoors behind the Peace Center. The Saturday games will have more of everything for the entire family, including a the classic heavy athletic events, pipe band competitions, British Car show, border collies, and Wee Scotland for the kids. Our event has grown in such size and quality over the past four years that the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs (all very big Daddies) has ranked the Greenville Games as one of the finest in the world. And to make sure the world knows about it, a film documentary of the weekend will be produced that will be marketed to cable channels in the US, Britain and Canada. Don't miss the action on May 28-29!

Southwest Airlines, At Last!

More good news arrived last week when Southwest Airlines announced that in 2011 they would begin serving the Upstate at GSP airport and Charleston. That brings a sorely needed discount airlines to our area that will force competition among other airlines and make it easier to attract businesses to the area. And Southwest is a big, consistent player – serving 68 cities in 35 states, they are the largest US carrier based on domestic passengers. Local corporations really came together to entice Southwest; when more than 200 Upstate companies pledged to use Southwest, the deal looked pretty appetizing for the airline. And best of all, Southwest did not demand any government subsidies as incentives. The arrival of Southwest represents a game-changer for economic development in the Upstate. Mayor Knox White stated that several past discussions with corporate leaders considering a headquarter relocation to the Upstate fell apart over GSP aviation costs. Stay tuned and get ready to pack your bags…they fly free with Southwest.

First Quality Tissue Coming to Anderson
Anderson County also got as big boost when First Quality Tissue announced that they would create 1000 jobs with a $1 billion investment of a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. That's the largest single investment project ever in Anderson County and the largest in the Upstate since BMW. In a county hard hit by the loss of textile jobs and 12.5% unemployment, that is big news indeed, with production jobs paying more than $17 per hour. Located on the site formerly occupied by Shaw Industries, production of various non-woven and traditional paper products should start in the third quarter of 2011.

Greenville SC Weather
Current Weather
Looks like there is a chance of thundershowers early this week, but clearing is expected toward the weekend. Highs should be in the 70s and 80s with lows in the 60s.