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#CharlestonAgenda: Boeing's Severe Situation, BMW Cuts, SC Beer, IBM Honors East Cooper, Sad Desk Lunches

Mar 15, 2019 10:09AM ● By Chris Haire

Bridge Run brings big bucks: Each year, roughly 40,000 people head to Mt. Pleasant to line up for the Cooper River Bridge Run, celebrating its 42nd year on April 6. The race is the third-largest 10K in the U.S. and the eighth-largest road race in the world, attracting participants from 18 countries last year. The event recently earned the Governor’s Cup, awarded annually to the top tourism event or initiative in South Carolina. 

The Bridge Run is a logistical challenge, requiring more than 4,000 volunteers each year, but benefits include $30 million in direct economic impact for the city and funds raised to support 12 charities this year. While 58 percent of participants hail from South Carolina, including 30 percent from Columbia, three-quarters of registrants travel more than 60 miles to cover the route over the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge and then celebrate afterward in Marion Square. --Leigh Savage

Sales of SC beer to expand to 20 states under deal with Fat Tire maker (Post and Courier)

Charleston, chamber urge businesses to hire youth employees for summer (Charleston Regional Business Journal)

There's a plan to build a new Greenville convention center on Reedy River (Greenville News)

Panthers SC talks eye Rock Hill airport upgrades and up to 200 acres for room to grow (The State)

BMW ratchets up cuts as operating profit falls (Automotive News)

FTR Trucking Conditions Index slips but still sees growth (Logistics Management)

Here’s How Sad You Look When You Eat Lunch at Your Desk (Wired)

The Wire

East Cooper Medical Center Recognized By IBM Watson Health As One Of Nation’s 100 Top Hospitals

Frampton Construction Underway On Manufacturing Facility For Curtiss-Wright

President’s Budget Allocates $138 Million For Charleston Harbor Deepening Project

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John Darby 
The Beach Company
President & CEO

John Darby leads The Beach Company, a full-service real estate business with development, brokerage, management, and construction services, ranked among Grant Thornton’s South Carolina Top 100 companies for over 30 years. Darby led the The Beach Company’s expansion to 16 cities across the Southeast region with industrial, multifamily, retail, and office projects.

The 2018 recipient of Charleston Metro Chamber’s “Rockstar” award for its positive impact on the region, The Beach Company is also recognized for its philanthropic endeavors. 

Darby is chairman of the 2018 Trident United Way Tocqueville Society, and co-chair of the Mother Emanuel Memorial Foundation Board.