Habitat for Humanity’s Impact on Greenville: $1.2 million

Habitat for Humanity, a member of your Home Builders Association, recently conducted an assessment of its impact on Greenville County.  Among its findings:

  • The charitable home builder invested $1.2 million in Greenville County in 2013
  • Habitat homeowners paid $142,974 in property taxes
  • 1,541 volunteers contributed 19,000 hours of community service, including many other members of your Home Builders Association

Habitat President and CEO Monroe Free said, “This study shows exactly how much lives have been changes.”  2015 is the 30th anniversary of Habitat for Humanity in Greenville.  Habitat will celebrate 325 homes built so far, with more to come.

Read a complete report of the survey at Upstate Business Journal by clicking here.

Workforce Development a Continuing Problem as South Carolina Gets C- for Manufacturing, Logistics.

A recent study compiled by Ball State University Center for Business and Economic Research, and highlighted in Upstate Business Journal, gave South Carolina and overall grade of C- for the states logistics and manufacturing. While South Carolina has improved from previous studies moving from a D to C- the report maintains that human capital continues to be a problem. Part of the problem is low educational achievement  among adults therefore hindering workforce development and creating problems in other areas of the study.

In the “2013 Manufacturing and Logistics National Report” South Carolina received:

A in Manufacturing                        
A in  Global Reach                           
B in Sector Diversification             
C in Tax Climate                    
C-in Productivity and Innovation
D in Worker Benefit Costs     
D+ in  Expected Liability Gap
D+ in Logistics                       
D in Human Capital 

To read more from UBJ about this article click here.