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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Sunday Alcohol Sales, Artisphere in Greenville, Community College Enrollment Records, high Speed Rail Funds, Aircraft Services Merger

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Sunday Alcohol Sales

Alcohol SalesVoters in Greer and Simpsonville have spoken clearly by passing a referendum to permit Sunday alcohol sales in their cities. The new law will apply only to bars and restaurants that already have a permit to sell alcohol during the rest of the week. However, it does not apply to grocery and convenience stores within those cities. The change will certainly help Greer and Simpsonville in a tough economic climate, but they will still be at a competitive disadvantage to Greenville who allows grocery sales within the city limits. In Simpsonville the vote passed with 59% in favor and in Greer about 57%. For more information on Greenville area communities Click Here.

Artisphere in Demand

Artisphere, Greenville's annual street art fair, is gaining national popularity as indicated by the increased applications for the 2011 show. This year 784 applications are in and that's up from 682 last year. Not only are they seeing more interest, but the applicants are higher in quality and more diverse, coming from as far away as Hawaii and Israel. Despite a tough economy and the number of artists increasing from 100 to 120 this year, the average sales for an artist has held steady at about $4200. Ninety-one of the artists from this year have applied for next year. The event gained attention by reaching a Top Ten ranking in Greg Lawler's Sourcebook for arts shows nationwide. You can search for real estate in greenville sc now!

Community College Enrollment set Records
Local colleges are setting enrollment records and expanding to handle the increased load. New comer Brown Mackie opened in the fall of 2009 with 25,000 square feet of space in downtown Greenville's Liberty II building, but is doubling that space one year later. The growth is not limited to new schools; Anderson College has been around for 99 years and is investing $3 million to create two new residence halls, expand another residence hall, and add a restaurant. Tri-County Technical College and Spartanburg Community College have also set records for enrollment and are considering expansion plan.

High Speed Rail Funds
Georgia has received $4.1 million in federal funds to be used to plan a high-speed rail system from Atlanta to Charlotte, which is part of a longer route extending to Washington D.C. The funds are to be shared with North and South Carolina, and Greenville is right in the middle. Competition for these funds is stiff around the country; the Federal Railroad Administration received 132 applications from 32 states, but only 54 projects in 23 states were approved.

Aircraft Services Merger
At the Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU), Jet Centers has bought its competitor TAC Air and created the largest Fixed Base Operator (FBO) for general aviation in the state. FBOs provide aircraft with fuel, maintenance, and repairs, plus assist visitors. At GMU they now have 17 hangars with a total of 226,000 square feet to handle the state's busiest general aviation airport. Jet Centers also has a service center in Camden and at the South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center (formerly Donaldson Industrial Park).

Greenville SC Weather
Awesome Fall Weather
It was unseasonably cold the last couple of days, but this week we should see fantastic fall weather with highs around 70 and lows in the 40s. Many of the trees are still sporting nice colorful foliage so it's a great time to be out side enjoying the clear skies.