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Old 02-11-2011, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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Sometimes you have to fall down and skin your face to realize you were walking with a weak step. The mayors and other leaders of the Midlands region have waked up and smelled the coffee. They seem to have even drunk some.

They don't seem to be dropping the regional cooperation ball as they continue to meet. They are serious about moving forward in a strong, methodical way to grow the region as one.

Columbia rose from the ashes of 1865 to become the most populous city in the state, and it will recover from Southwest's snub. Thank goodness this has happened now while Columbia is still on par with the state's other largest cities.

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Old 02-11-2011, 05:16 PM
 
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It's too bad that it took such a monumental blow to CAE to get the region's leaders to wake up. I think Southwest's decision to exclude Columbia is going to hurt CAE for the next 10 years at least, if not longer. But thankfully, Columbia residents can drive 1.5 hours in several different directions and be to airports with plentiful, direct flights at good prices.

Plus, Columbia has other good things going for it - things not found in other parts of the state. Hopefully the region's leaders can emphasize that.
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Old 02-11-2011, 05:19 PM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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I'm glad Southwest said that - it certainly could be a swift kick. On the other hand, Columbia has fantastic rail lines and I could see us becoming a high-speed rail hub. Now that, I would like.
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Old 02-11-2011, 06:00 PM
 
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It's too bad that it took such a monumental blow to CAE to get the region's leaders to wake up. I think Southwest's decision to exclude Columbia is going to hurt CAE for the next 10 years at least, if not longer. But thankfully, Columbia residents can drive 1.5 hours in several different directions and be to airports with plentiful, direct flights at good prices.

Plus, Columbia has other good things going for it - things not found in other parts of the state. Hopefully the region's leaders can emphasize that.
Sometimes it takes a wakeup call to get motivated, that is great for Columbia, it is needed. But, I don't think this will hurt Columbia for 10 years if at all...Charlotte has done fine without SWA, Altanta has not missed a beat and Raleigh was growing long before SWA stopped there. On the other side, SWA has not helped Birmingham, Jacksonville or Jackson grow any faster.

Although trendy, it is just an airline. Southwest provides the same basic service as Delta, US Air, American, Jet Blue etc... In fact, they are looking more like a legacy carrier each day, especially with the pending merger. Instead of the direct flights which are preferred by business travelers, SWA will only offer a limited number of direct flights from GSP & CHS as they would have from CAE. That is not a huge selling point to relocating businesses. An educated workforce has much more weight than an airline.

But, you are right, Columbia residents have a number of flight options if they do not want to fly out of CAE. In an hour, they can be at Charlotte which provides over 650 daily flights serving over 130 different cities. And, for the most part, they are cheaper than flying SWA out of GSP.
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Old 02-11-2011, 06:02 PM
 
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Glad to see the Midlands leaders realizing their past failures. Like watching a baby take its first steps. The Columbia region should come out stronger from these type of statements. So glad to see the area finally listening. Listening is a huge step, now we need to see them take action.
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Old 02-13-2011, 05:33 PM
 
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You'll be moving down here before you know it once the region explodes from the aggressive and cooperative new approach. Then you can adopt a new hobby of bashing some other city.
I bet he won't. The area he is in is already in position to explode.
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Old 02-13-2011, 06:21 PM
 
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I bet he won't. The area he is in is already in position to explode.
I wish I had a dollar for each time I heard this phrase growing up in the upstate.
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Old 02-13-2011, 06:37 PM
 
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I bet he won't. The area he is in is already in position to explode.
There really isn't any need for an explosion.....IMO, quality of life in GV is already close to perfect. I've lived in much larger cities but never been as happy.
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Old 02-13-2011, 08:47 PM
 
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I wish I had a dollar for each time I heard this phrase growing up in the upstate.
And you will hear it many more times, because it is true. Sorry you didn't like it and left, but more like it than not.
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Old 02-13-2011, 08:58 PM
 
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And you will hear it many more times, because it is true. Sorry you didn't like it and left, but more like it than not.
Not that I did not like it, I would have preferred to stay closer to family. But, there just weren't that many job opportunities. As is well, I like Charlotte.
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