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#CharlestonAgenda: The IT Industry: Where Does SC Rank, Women in Business Awards, Bill Hall Sr., Ghosts of Toys R Us, The Coming Sriracha War

Apr 10, 2019 10:10AM ● By Chris Haire

South Carolina is not exactly known as a tech hub, but according to a new report, the Palmetto State isn't doing quite so bad: In a recently released report from Comptia, a leading IT trade association, South Carolina ranks 34th among U.S. states when it comes to tech workers as a percentage of the total workforce -- a ranking that places the Palmetto State closer to the middle than the bottom.

Some South Carolina 128,521 workers, or 5.8% of the total workforce, can claim they work in the IT sector, while neighboring Georgia can claim 16th place, with 7.7% percent of its total workforce in IT (361,894 workers). Meanwhile, sister state North Carolina can claim 18th place, with 7.6% of its total workforce in IT (354,166).

The median salary for tech workers in the Palmetto State: $69,400. In the Peach State: $80,300; and the Tarheel State: $79,100. 

At $1.7 billion in investments, North Carolina is also among the Top 5 states for venture capital, putting it in the company of California ($32.2 billion), New York ($9.5 billion), Massachusetts ($3.5 billion), and Texas ($1.5 billion).

South Carolina's leading IT sectors all experienced year-over-year growth, with IT Services and Custom Software Services (+5.9%) and Tech Manufacturing (+7.1%) leading the charge.



Nominations Open For Inaugural SC Women In Business Awards: Integrated Media Publishing announces the launch of the first SC Women in Business Awards presented by Greenville Business Magazine, Columbia Business Monthly, and Charleston Business Magazine.

The 2019 SC Women In Business Awards are for female entrepreneurs, executives, employees, and the organizations they fund who are making a difference. This prestigious award will honor selected businesswomen across South Carolina based on career achievements, contributions to their company, and community involvement.

An award ceremony will be held in July. The recipients will be featured in the June issues of Columbia Business Monthly and Greenville Business Magazine and the July/August issue of Charleston Business Magazine.

Nominations are open and forms can be found here.


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SC House passes rideshare bill after USC student’s death, despite Uber’s concerns (Rock Hill Herald)

Hominy Grill, celebrated pillar of downtown Charleston’s culinary scene, is closing (Post and Courier)

SC musicians and vinyl shops revel in the unexpected resurgence of the record (Post and Courier)

Clemson alumni’s invention gets Mark Cuban investment on ‘Shark Tank’ (Anderson Independent-Mail)

BofA plans to raise minimum wage to $20 an hour over two years (American Banker)
Ghost of Toys R Us Still Haunts Toy Makers (Manufacturing.Net)

YouTube Jumping Into Interactive Programming (Variety)

Ray Dalio Sounds a New Alarm on Capitalism’s Flaws, Warns of Revolution (Bloomberg)

Boeing Cutting Production Rate of Troubled 737 Max Jet (Manufacturing.Net)

Delays at U.S.-Mexico border crossing hits autos, trucks still lining up (AutoNews)

Waypoint Robotics launches 3,000-lb.-carrying heavy-duty omnidirectional autonomous mobile robot (The Robot Report)

The Army Wants AI to Read Soldiers’ Minds (Defense One)

The Wire
DIG SOUTH Tech Summit Unveils 2019 Speaker Lineup

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South Carolina ETV, South Carolina Public Radio Launch Storytelling-Focused Weather Service

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Bill Hall Sr.
Hall Management Group

Bill Hall Sr. has spent more than 50 years operating hotels and restaurants, starting his hospitality career in San Francisco, his hometown. From there, he moved to Washington D.C., where he met, and then married, Jeanne Lamond, his bride of 44 years. Together they went to Pinehurst, N.C., to run the Carolina Hotel. From there, he made career moves to Hilton Head Island, Napa Valley, Calif., and Pebble Beach, Calif.

Hall has also managed luxurious Ritz-Carlton hotels in Laguna, Calif., Pasadena, Calif., and Naples, Fla. before moving to The Cloister at Sea Island, Ga., and Vail Resorts in Colorado. 

The Halls were drawn to the charms of Charleston when their daughter, Stacey, was earning her degree at the College of Charleston. Sons Billy and Tommy joined Bill and Jeanne in Charleston in 2009 to run the family business, Hall Management Group. 

Hall Management Group consists of six restaurants in South Carolina: Halls Chophouse (Charleston), Halls Chophouse (Greenville), High Cotton, Old Village Post House Inn, Rita’s Seaside Grille, and Slightly North of Broad. Hall Management Group has also recently acquired the event space Halls Signature Events at 5 Faber.