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Old 10-21-2014, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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I just got this email about putting power lines underground.

Dear Folks:
We had exciting news recently, as Seth Rose sponsored a motion that each of the Richland County Penny Projects include a cost analysis to include utility undergrounding, for final approval by County Council. The motion passed. You can read about it on pages 93-98: http://www.richlandonline.com/Portal...s/20141007.pdf

Because many of these projects require that the land be excavated and the existing utilities be taken down and removed/moved, a good portion of the costs of utility undergrounding are already incorporated into them.  Florida Power and Light Company estimates that 20% of costs of an undergrounding project are related to excavation and 15% of costs of an undergrounding project are related to the removal of the existing above-ground utilities.  FPL | Overhead and Underground Electrical Service FAQs  (See #23)  Given this, Richland County oftentimes appears to be paying 1/3 of the costs of undergrounding whether it undergrounds or not. It only makes sense to see if it’s feasible to complete the job.

Across the County and in the City, this could mean several miles of tree-lined streets rather than utility pole-lined streets. This would have a huge impact on the safety, health, and aesthetics of our community.  

Great job, Seth, and thanks to the members of County Council and Rob Perry, the county’s director of transportation, for their foresight and willingness to investigate this opportunity.

Remember to check us out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Underground...esinColumbiaSC

Sincerely Yours,

Jack McKenzie for

Underground Utilities in Columbia
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Old 10-21-2014, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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Wasn't there a "Cayce and West Columbia" thread? I can't find it. Anyway, Columbia Flag and Banner has left a prime real estate spot on Huger Street and moved to Meeting Street in West Columbia and changed its name to Columbia Flag and Sign Company.

Columbia Flag & Banner changes name to Columbia Flag & Sign Company; moves to new location - Created by alan - In category: Business Services, On The Move, Retail - Tagged with: - MidlandsBiz - Business News in Columbia South Carolina
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Old 10-22-2014, 12:08 AM
 
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Lines being buried along river would be transformational
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Old 10-22-2014, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
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Emile DeFelice of Soda City fame wrote a "love letter to Columbia" which was posted on the Huffington Post blog website. He did a great job at capturing the essence of what Columbians who love their city feel.

Love Letters: Columbia, SC*|*Love Letters
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Old 10-22-2014, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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Columbia's low ranking out of nine cities on innovation and high-impact business clusters reflects the fact that the capital/university/military city has long relied on those sectors too complacently. That is changing. In the meantime, Columbia's livability rates well among the nine cities compared in an EngenuitySC report, which states the city "has accomplished much in recent years to boost its economy and create the right conditions to start new companies and for existing companies to grow."

Columbia Regional Business Report | Columbia, SC
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Old 10-22-2014, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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Columbia wasn't even mentioned in this National Public Radio report. In a recent article about renewing Finlay Park, I read that Food Not Bombs hopes to retain a spot on Sundays in the park, so at least that organization must be still feeding the homeless there.

More Cities Are Making It Illegal To Hand Out Food To The Homeless : The Salt : NPR
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Old 10-23-2014, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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Hmmm. "...will keep the business downtown but outside the Vista." Now where could that be?

Cotton storage buildings change again | www.thecolumbiastar.com | Columbia Star
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Old 10-24-2014, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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Here's an interesting interactive map showing the ebbs and flows of job growth, loss, and growth again in the nation's metros from 2000 through now. After the bottom fell out (as demonstrated by a devastating orange color during the Great Recession), Columbia has done pretty well.

Geography of Jobs | TIP Strategies
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Old 10-27-2014, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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From Underground Utilities in Columbia's Facebook page:

"Big news. The South Carolina State Fairgrounds is going to bury the utility lines and remove the utility poles along the Rosewood and Bluff Road sides of its property. It will be putting down sidewalks and planting trees along those two roads."
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Old 10-28-2014, 07:06 AM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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I'm attending. I have participated in each event so far.

"Reality Check Symposium: Infrastructure & Transportation
Agape Senior | Columbia
Oct. 30, 2014 | 7:30 am - 1:00 pm

Reality Check Midlands 2014 identified Transportation and Infrastructure as critical to our region's continued success. Building on the Guiding Principles that came out of that visioning exercise, ULI South Carolina is bringing together a group of experts to address some of the biggest transportation and infrastructure issues facing our region.

Symposium participants will work in small groups to share points of view and determine critical challenges and opportunities that require immediate attention.

The Midlands is a successful region blessed with a fairly stable economy, the largest university in the state, an array of rich cultural and arts institutions and an abundance of natural resources. However, the region faces mounting pressure to be more competitive in an uncertain global economy. Together, we will discuss how to make the region even more prosperous and competitive, and how to position the Midlands as a great commercial, academic and cultural center. The prospect of more than 450,000 people moving to the region in the next 40 years makes it critical that we respond quickly and collectively.

How can we accommodate growth in a responsible and cost-effective way? What are some of the solutions that can help us achieve this goal? How can the region work collectively to grow by choice and not be chance?





We thank our event sponsors:"
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