IBM innovation center to get new home at USC

Lori Steele (left) of IBM and state Senate President Pro Tempore Hugh Leatherman don hard hats at Thursday’s groundbreaking for the Center for Applied Innovation at the University of South Carolina. (Photo/James T. Hammond) The Columbia campus will function in part to grow the pool of skilled computer analysts who can provide the new services envisioned by IBM. The Fluor Corp., a building tenant, will collaborate on research with IBM and the university.  Read More...

Online help-wanted ads increase by 6,100 positions in state

In February the number of online ads for jobs in the Palmetto State totaled 70,300 positions, according to the Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series report. The board calculated that for the month there was an average of 2.32 unemployed S.C. workers for every advertised opening. Read More...

Report: Changing health care scene squeezing facilities

At year-end 2014, the vacancy rate for the Columbia medical office market dropped to 7.82% from 8.55% at mid-year 2014 and 8.74% at the end of 2013, Colliers International reports. The vacancy rate is expected to remain low as an aging population and greater access to health insurance will create a greater demand for health care. Read More...

Airport closes lower level of parking garage for project

The project will allow rental car agencies to use 354 covered parking spaces on the lower level on the east side of the three-level garage, located across from the terminal building at Columbia Metropolitan Airport. In the past, rental car agencies have used two surface lots east of the terminal separated by the airport’s main drive. Read More...

Home flipping down 8% across S.C.

In South Carolina last year, 2,379 homes were flipped — meaning a buyer resells a property within a year of purchasing it, generally for a profit — according to housing data company RealtyTrac. In Charleston County, investors flipped 253 homes in 2014, which represented 5.1% of all single-family home sales in the county.  Read More...


Blackhurst honored as NBSC’s top South Carolina banker

The private wealth advisor rounded out a list of the company’s top 10 bankers, all of which are recipients of the Synovus Circle of Excellence Sales Awards. The University of Georgia graduate has been with NBSC since 2007, when she joined as a merchant services representative. Read More...

Bradley named Bourbon’s new executive chef

Columbia native Frank Bradley, who graduated with honors from Atlanta’s Le Cordon Blue culinary school, got his start at the front and back of the house at Garibaldi’s in Five Points. He has been with Bourbon since it opened last April, starting out as sous chef. Read More...