September 2023 Newsletter

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MBREDC September 2023 Newsletter

The MBREDC Industry Awareness Class Kick-off MBREDA direct and compelling headline

The 2023-2024 MBREDC Industry Awareness Class kicked off the year with an orientation held at the Dunes Club in Myrtle Beach on Wednesday, August 30. The class will meet one day per month and visit existing industries in Horry County.

Congratulations to this class on being selected and agreeing to commit their time to learning about industry, workforce, and the important role they play in our economy.

2023-24 Class Members:

1Up Business Solutions– Tony Troiani

Apprenticeship Carolina– Tania Appel

Bank of America– Kelly Tyler

Belfor– Katherine Foret

CCU– Richard Viso

Destination NMB– Randy Davies

Eagle Strategies– Cary Rowell

First Citizens Bank– Steven Lastauskas

HGTC Foundation– Shannon Detzler

HCS– Amanda Van Natta

HTC– Samantha Cherry

King’s Gift Baskets– Gloria King

Little River Chamber– Harrison Santangelo

New York Life– Ulitza Kronemeyer

Partnership Grand Strand– BJ Beaver

Pinnacle Financial– Tommy Chapin

PIA– Mindy Pavilonis

Santee Cooper– Anna Strickland

Smooth Transitions– Tracy Dilligard

Waccamaw Community Foundation– Ellen Barney Sycks

WRCOG– Rusty Gaskins

Webster University– Chris Ophardt

SC Economic Outlook
For more information on the Economic Outlook of South Carolina visit the South Carolina Department of Commerce website.

Google’s next subsea cable in Myrtle Beach to connect with Bermuda, Portugal

by Charles Perry, Post and Courier

Google will add a second subsea cable in Myrtle Beach — this one connecting the city with Bermuda and Portugal — as part of a project that local officials say will bring tens of millions in investment to the Grand Strand’s fledgling tech hub.
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MBREDC Industry Awareness Development Course Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorships are now available for the Industry Awareness Class

Highlight your business during lunch! Share your business profile, information, and lunch with 25 business professionals.

Sponsorships available:

  • $350 Lunch Sponsor: Have lunch with the class and give a 5-minute presentation. Receive MBREDC thank you gift.
  • $500 Transportation Half-sponsor: Have lunch with the class and give a 5-minute presentation. Receive an MBREDC thank you gift.
  • $1000 Transportation Sponsor: Have lunch with the class and give a 10-minute presentation. Receive an MBREDC thank you gift and contact information for all class participants. Ride on the bus with the class for the day!

Contact Sandra James for more information.

Existing Industry Event

All existing industries in Horry County are invited to attend

The Fall Industry Event:

The Future Is Here: Cobots and Virtual Reality Training

Thursday, October 19, 2023

4:00-6:00 pm

The Myrtle Beach Train Depot

Register for this FREE event!

Sponsored by

South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership


Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments

Registration Link
Upcoming MBREDC Events

MBREDC Annual Fall Member Social at the

House of Blues

Thursday, October 12, 2023

5:00-7:00 pm

Member Registration

Sponsored by:

Contact Sandra James for more information on upcoming events.



MBREDC Community Update Forum

Hosted with CCAR

On September 14, the MBREDC and CCAR hosted the 11th Annual Community Update Forum on the campus of HGTC. With nearly 150 members and realtors in attendance, the group was presented with the latest information on roads (Horry County), growth, a smart city (Myrtle Beach), schools, the plans for the City of Halloween (Conway), and the newest developments in North Myrtle Beach. Sandy Davis (MBREDC) opened with an overview of what’s happening in economic development across Horry County, and Laura Crowther (CCAR) gave the real estate update. Thank you to all who participated in this very informative event and a very special thank you to Bank of America for sponsoring this event.

2023 Save the Date

New & Renewing Partners

New Members

McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture

Spherion Staffing

Renewing Members

Wild West of Myrtle Beach

Town of Surfside Beach

Dargan Construction Company

City of Conway

Destination North Myrtle Beach

FBi Construction

First Reliance Bank

Horry Electric Cooperative

Thomas & Hutton

Smooth Transitions

Thomas Concrete

Tyson Sign Company

Partner News
New Office for SCORE


The Grand Strand chapter of SCORE is pleased to announce its new relocation at the Pinnacle Financial Partners building on the corner of 38th Ave. North and Robert Grissom Parkway. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on Wednesday, October 18th at 11:00 AM.

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Conway Receives Grant

The City of Conway has received a grant from FEMA’s Fiscal Year 2021 Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program. The $2.17 million grant will allow the City to build a massive storm water and park project in one of the neighborhoods most impacted by flooding in recent years.

Chestnut Bay will be a constructed Carolina Bay, possibly the first manmade Carolina Bay in the world. Carolina Bays are natural wetlands that provide critical storage for water after major rain events. They are not unique to the Carolinas, nor are they true bays. They are so named because of the bay trees that typically surround them.

A community park will be centered around Chestnut Bay. The land upon which Chestnut Bay will be constructed is currently unused. This grant will allow the City to activate the area and add another recreational amenity for citizens and visitors.

“The City of Conway continues to make flood mitigation our top priority,” says Conway Mayor Barbara Blain-Bellamy. “We can’t stop the rain, but we will do everything that is within our power to make sure that the water that falls on our city can make its way to sea without disrupting the lives of our citizens.”

The City of Conway has partnered with The Nature Conservancy on this project.

Shade & Shutter Expo Celebrates 20 Years

Shade and Shutter Expo is your local resource for Window treatments. They carry a large selection of products to fit many styles and budgets and provide a turn-key service. They can help you pick your designs, measure, and professionally install your products with their in-house staff.

Shade and Shutter Expo has been serving Myrtle Beach and surrounding areas since 2003 and recently celebrated 20 years of service to the Grand Strand area. Owners, Julie and Danny Fergus along with daughter Hayley, help people turn a house into a home while providing a high-quality product with the best customer service possible on the Grand Strand. “While doing that we want to provide our employees with a family culture and a reason for coming to work each day!”

Congratulations on a job well done and much success on the next 20 years!


Chairman’s Partners
Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation

2050 Hwy 501 East, Building 100

Conway, SC 29526


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