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Commerce staffer

gets top honor

COLUMBIA -- The S.C. Department of Commerce announced that Robert E. "Bob" Marriott is retiring after 53 years of employment with the state. Former Gov. Nikki Haley has awarded Marriott the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina's highest civilian honor for extraordinary lifetime service and achievements of national or statewide significance.

"For more than 50 years, Bob Marriott has dedicated himself to improving South Carolinians' quality of life by promoting economic growth and recruiting businesses," Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt said. "I can find no one more deserving of this prestigious award, and I thank Bob for all he has done to make South Carolina a competitor on a global scale."

A state employee since 1964, Marriott has worked through the administrations of 10 different governors, first at the S.C. Department of Transportation before moving on to the S.C. Department of Commerce -- then known as the State Development Board -- in 1968.

Marriott was responsible for recruiting significant investment from firms such as Cummins, Daimler, Michelin, Mitsubishi Polyester Firm, Otis Elevator and TaylorMade. In total, his projects brought $8 billion in capital investment and approximately 30,000 jobs to South Carolina.

Ex-Michelin official

to lead Moore

School foundation

COLUMBIA -- Michael Ian Fanning, who recently retired as Michelin North America’s director of sustainable development, has been elected president of the Business Partnership Foundation for the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina.

The Business Partnership Foundation was established as a tax-exempt nonprofit in 1969 to serve as a partnership between business and academic communities to make the Moore School one of the best business schools in the nation.

Fanning, who begins his role as president today (Jan. 23), brings nearly four decades of communications and executive experience to the BPF.

Lowcountry honored

for supporting military

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON -- The Charleston region was designated as one of eight 2017 Great American Defense Communities by the Association of Defense Communities for its support to service members and military families.

ADC is a national nonprofit organization that is the connection point for leaders from communities, states, the military and industry on community-military issues and installation management to enhance knowledge, information sharing and best practices. With nearly 300 communities, states, regions and affiliated industry organizations, ADC represents every major defense community/state in the nation.

The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce nominated the Joint Base Charleston community for the annual award.

Some of the program criteria evaluated included community building and integration, support and collaboration, educational and employment opportunities and family support.

Among the reasons the Charleston region is being recognized as a Great American Defense Community is the support the Charleston RiverDogs baseball team provides to service members and their loved ones.

The team's efforts exemplify the bond the community has developed with the military families who call the region home. Additionally, community partners across the region regularly support installation award ceremonies, as well as many programs operated by Joint Base Charleston's Airman and Family Readiness Center and Fleet and Family Support Center.


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