Partner News | September 18

SCE&G and Columbia Museum of Art Present Solar Exploration Station
Interactive Solar Display to Educate Students in Fun Creative Way

sceandgToday representatives from SCE&G and the Columbia Museum of Art along with third grade students from Logan Elementary School gathered in the Museum’s atrium to unveil a new, interactive solar display.  The Solar Exploration Station allows visitors to take the power of the sun into their hands and learn more about solar energy and the Museum’s rooftop solar panels in a fun and creative way.

Since 2011the Columbia Museum of Art has harnessed renewable power from 177 solar panels positioned on top of its roof. Working with SCE&G, the South Carolina Energy Office and Sunstore Solar, the museum secured a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to implement the renewable energy project.

“The Museum was the very first downtown solar customer, and it’s been a huge success,” said Casey Logan, power quality engineer at SCE&G, who was involved with the project from the beginning.  In fact, the panels generate enough green power to offset 10 percent of its daily energy needs.

The Solar Exploration Station is located in the Museum’s lobby and allows students to shine a light on mini solar panels that illuminate the galleries of a model art museum. Teachers are encouraged to go online and download the customized, corresponding lesson plans to continue learning about solar energy in the classroom. For information visit: http://columbiamuseum.org/learn/school.

“The addition of the SCE&G Columbia Museum of Art Solar Exploration Station provides students and educators the unique opportunity to see the connection between science and art in action, which is the basis for STEAM-Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math,” said Kerry Kuhlkin-Hornsby, director of education at the Columbia Museum of Art.

In late 2013, SCE&G announced a new renewable energy team and committed to installing 20 megawatts of solar energy on its system by 2020. Over the past several months, SCE&G worked with solar stakeholders from across the state to develop comprehensive consensus legislation, and June, the landmark Distributed Energy Resource Program Act was signed into law by Governor Nikki Haley, opening the door for increased solar installations in South Carolina.

The company took another step forward in advancing its renewable energy commitment in late August by issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the first two solar farms to be constructed on its system.  The RFP calls for bidders to provide solar power to the utility through purchased power agreements with the selected solar developer(s). SCE&G intends to work with solar developers to locate the solar farms on company-owned property in North Charleston and Cayce.

“The new solar display will help students better understand how solar works in an engaging way,” said Therese Griffin, marketing manager of SCE&G’s renewable energy products and services team. “Part of our commitment to renewable energy is identifying educational and community outreach opportunities such as this partnership with the Columbia Museum of Art. We hope it will spread the message that a clean energy future is important for South Carolina.”

For more information about SCE&G’s renewable energy initiatives visit www.sceg.com/solar.

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Adams and Reese Has Twelve Columbia Office Attorneys Ranked Among 2015 Best Lawyers

logo_adams_and_reeseA total of 120 Adams and Reese attorneys, including 12 attorneys from the firm’s Columbia office, have been named to the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, all selected and voted on by their peers and the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which almost 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly five million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Below are all of Adams and Reese’s Best Lawyers honorees for 2015:

The Best Lawyers® in America 2015 – Adams and Reese LLP
(Year Denotes First Year Attorneys Received Best Lawyers Distinction)

Charleston, SC

    • Tara E. Nauful (2011)
      • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
      • Litigation – Bankruptcy

Columbia, SC

    • John F. Beach (2013)
      • Commercial Litigation
    • Robert P. Bethea, Jr. (2011)
      • Corporate Law
      • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
      • Tax Law
    • F. Earl Ellis, Jr. (1995)
      • Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
    • William O. Higgins (2007)
      • Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
      • Real Estate Law
    • Ernest G. Lawhorne (2005)
      • Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
    • William P. McElveen, Jr. (2007)
      • Real Estate Law
    • W. Cliff Moore III (2010)
      • Commercial Litigation
      • Litigation – Banking and Finance
      • Litigation – Real Estate
    • Tara E. Nauful (2011)
      • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
      • Litigation – Bankruptcy
    • Louis T. Runge, Jr. (2013)
      • Real Estate Law
    • Kirby Darr Shealy III (2001)
      • Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
    • William H. Short, Jr. (2005)
      • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
      • Litigation – Bankruptcy
      • Litigation – Construction
      • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
    • Lana H. Sims, Jr. (2005)
      • Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

Adams and Reese is a multidisciplinary law firm with more than 340 attorneys and advisors strategically located in 16 offices in 15 markets throughout the southern United States and Washington, D.C. American Lawyer includes Adams and Reese on its distinguished list of the nation’s top law firms – “The Am Law 200”. The National Law Journal also includes the firm on the “NLJ 350” list of the nation’s largest law firms.

Adams and Reese Charleston Partner Tara Nauful Named “Lawyer of the Year” in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization by Best Lawyers

Nauful-Tara-hsAdams and Reese Charleston Partner Tara Nauful was named Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization “Lawyer of the Year” in Charleston by Best Lawyers. “Lawyers of the Year” for 2015 were named in their respective practice areas by Best Lawyers®, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Best Lawyers® designates “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.”

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which almost 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly five million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

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NAI AVANT BROKERS ±1.21 ACRE LAND SALE FOR BOJANGLES IN ORANGEBURG, SC

downloadNAI Avant Senior Broker, Walter Monteith, recently represented Bojangles Corporation in their purchase of ±1.21 acres at 3624 St. Matthews Road in Orangeburg, SC.  Bojangles Corp. acquired the land from KFC St. Matthews Rd, LLC, for $800,000.

NAI AVANT REPRESENTS SELLER OF ±66.86 ACRES ON OLD DUNBAR ROAD, WEST COLUMBIA, SC

NAI Avant Senior Brokers, Roger Winn and Jeff Hein, SIOR, recently represented the seller of ±66.86 acres at 1420 Old Dunbar Road in West Columbia, SC.  The property was purchased by Martin Murray and Joe Barth for $350,000.  The new owners plan to develop the property into a drive-in movie theater, the first one built in our local community in nearly 25 years.

NAI AVANT BROKERS SALE OF 25 ACRES ON TRENHOLM ROAD EXTENSION, COLUMBIA, SC

Patrick Palmer, CCIM, NAI Avant’s Director of Retail Services, recently represented First Palmer Trust in the sale of 25 acres on Trenholm Road Extension in Columbia, SC.  The land tract was purchased by Richland County School District 2 for $2,248,210.

NAI AVANT FACILITATES LAND SALE TO O’REILLY AUTOMOTIVE, INC., LEXINGTON, SC

Patrick Palmer, CCIM, NAI Avant’s Director of Retail Services, recently represented the seller of ±0.81 acres at 901 West Main Street in Lexington, SC. The land parcel was sold to O’Reilly Automotive, Inc., for $600,000.

About NAI Avant
NAI Avant’s commercial real estate business is one of the largest in the Southeast.  With over 65 professionals, the firm provides comprehensive brokerage, leasing, development, property and project management services.  For nearly three consecutive decades, the group has had more of its brokerage professionals recognized as top producers or recipients of the top awards than any other firm in South Carolina. As a member of the NAI Global Network, NAI Avant is affiliated with more than 375 offices strategically located throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific, with over 6,700 local market professionals, managing over 380 million square feet of property. NAI Global is the single largest, most powerful global network of owner-operated commercial real estate brokerage firms and is a wholly owned subsidiary of C-III Capital partners.  NAI Global Member firms, leaders in their local markets, are actively managed to work in unison and provide clients with exceptional solutions to their commercial real estate needs. NAI Avant’s Property and Project Management Group currently manages a multi-million square foot portfolio of properties across South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. Through its Avant Healthcare Division, the firm provides comprehensive services to hospitals, clinics, and physician groups. NAI Avant, founded in 1966, is headquartered in Columbia, SC with an office in Charleston, SC. Find out more about NAI Avant and its services at www.naiavant.com. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NAIAvant and like us on Facebook.

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New sponsorship has Colonial Life swimming with small business
Colonial Life announces fall sponsorship of ‘Shark Tank’ on CNBC.

CLColonial Life & Accident Insurance Co. announced today it will sponsor the hit TV series “Shark Tank” this fall on CNBC.

The show allows entrepreneurs to pitch their best business ideas to some of America’s most successful businessmen and businesswomen. It’s the number one business program on cable TV with viewership exploding by 300 percent in the last year.

Small business is the engine of America’s economy and an important part of Colonial Life’s business. Colonial Life helps protect more than 3 million of America’s workers at more than 80,000 organizations — most of them small businesses.

The sponsorship launches Sept. 22, with the first episode featuring a video introduction by Colonial Life President Tim Arnold and a new commercial from the company. Colonial Life will also debut a new digital marketing campaign in the coming weeks. The episodes, which will air at 8 p.m. (EDT/ EST) weeknights, will feature top entrepreneurs and business pitches from previous seasons.

“Over the course of the fall sponsorship, Colonial Life and the show will connect with a third of America’s small business owners,” Arnold said. “This is a great opportunity for us to show business owners how we can help them protect what they and their employees have worked so hard to build.”

About Colonial Life
Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company is a market leader in providing financial protection benefits through the workplace, including disability, life, accident, cancer, critical illness and hospital confinement insurance. The company’s benefit services and education, innovative enrollment technology and personal service support more than 80,000 businesses and organizations, representing more than 3 million of America’s workers and their families. For more information visit www.coloniallife.com or connect with the company at www.facebook.com/coloniallifebenefits, www.twitter.com/coloniallife and www.linkedin.com/company/colonial-life.

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Business Community Input Session on College- and Career-Readiness Standards

SEDLThe Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) at SEDL has been aiding the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) in its state standards development process. To assist the agency in gathering feedback from the business community, we are facilitating conversations with stakeholders in September on the college- and career-readiness standards. The first meeting will take place October 21, 2014, in the Green Fork Room at EdVenture Children’s Museum located at 211 Gervais Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29201. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. and will conclude by 1 p.m.

The purpose of the meeting is to gather input from the business sector on the definition of a college- and career-ready student and on the state standards. College- and career-ready students demonstrate academic success and employability, interdependent thinking and collaborative spirit, intellectual integrity and curiosity, logical reasoning, intellectual ownership, and appropriate and effective communication. During the meeting, participants will engage in conversations centered around the current state standards, hear about the progress of the state standards development committee, and discuss with their colleagues the description of a college- and career-ready student. We welcome your input on the student characteristics and skills as well as the state standards.

A follow-up meeting will be held, during which the work of the standards development committee will be presented, and you will have an opportunity to react to what will ultimately be presented to the Education Oversight Committee.

Prior to the event, please take an opportunity to review the SCDE’s web page on the New SC Standards: http://ed.sc.gov/scde-grant-opportunities/NewSCStandards.cfm

Registration for this event ends October 20, 2014. To complete registration and access the agenda for the event, please use the hyperlink below: http://www.sedl.org/forms/wg_event_reg.php?event_ID=00509

For questions regarding the program, please contact Don D. Doggett, SECC South Carolina state liaison, at don.doggett@sedl.org or 803-936-0751.

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Palmetto Imaging and American Red Cross Host Blood Drive

September 22 – 26

More information: MQ_BloodDrFlyer_D2

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