Burnie Maybank is a two-time former Director of the South Carolina Department of Revenue who now represents companies and organizations needing state and local tax (SALT), tax controversy and economic development incentives assistance. Burnie has experience in New Market Tax Credit transactions, Opportunity Zone matters, as well as work related to Abandoned Building and Historic Preservation tax credits. Maybank released many South Carolina Department of Revenue policy documents on the incentives when he served as Director of South Carolina Department of Revenue.
He returned to Nexsen Pruet in 2006 after serving as Director of the South Carolina Department of Revenue under Governor Mark Sanford from 2003 through 2005. He also served in that position under Governor David Beasley from 1995 to 1999.
Burnie's practice includes:
- Economic Development incentives
- State and Local Tax
- Tax Controversy
- Exempt Organizations and Charitable Giving, including Conservation Easements
- Alcohol Beverage Control
At the request of SC Senate Finance Chairman Hugh Leatherman, Burnie served as Chair of the S.C. Tax Realignment Commission (TRAC). The Commission was charged with submitting a comprehensive tax restructuring plan. That plan was submitted in 2010.
At the request of Senate President Pro Tempore Glenn McConnell, Burnie served on the South Carolina Transportation Infrastructure Study Committee, which examined the feasibility and benefits of public/private partnerships to improve the state's roads, highways and bridges.
He has served on the statewide transition teams of S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis, former Treasurer Thomas Ravenel and former S.C. Governor Mark Sanford.
Burnie received national press in 2005 regarding the S.C. Department of Revenue's investigation of potentially abusive conservation easement donations, as well as the Department's investigation under IRS Circular 230 of tax professionals who were involved in tax shelters.
He is co-author of a number of books and law review articles including:
- South Carolina Tax Incentives for Economic Development;
- Local, State, and Federal Tax Incentives for Conservation Easements;
- and State Tax Crimes, all published for the Department of Revenue.
He has also co-authored:
- South Carolina Nonprofit Corporate Practice Manual (2015), second edition, published by the South Carolina Bar
- South Carolina Limited Liability Companies & Limited Liability Partnerships (1st & 3rd Editions);
- The Law of Automobile Insurance (1st-5th Editions);
- and South Carolina Nonprofit Corporate Practice Manual (2007), published by the South Carolina Bar.
The South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance's presented Burnie with the 2007 Defender of Manufacturing Award. He is pictured here at the 2012 awards ceremony, along with other recipients.
Community & Professional
- Board Member, Palmetto Conservation Foundation
- Past Board Member, South Carolina Economic Developers Association (SCEDA)
- Board Member, South Carolina Administrative and Regulatory Law Association (SCAARLA)
- Past President, S.C. Agency Directors Organization
- Board Member, Low Country Open Land Trust
- Board Member, Edisto Island Open Land Trust
- Former Board Member, SC Economics
- Council Member, Local Government Competitiveness Council
Outside Nexsen Pruet
Burnie is a successful beekeeper. When not busy at work or buzzing around hives, you can find Burnie on the coast with his family.
The Buzz with Burnie Podcast
Burnie hosts weekly conversations with South Carolina's top business leaders to talk economic development and charting a course forward for the Palmetto state. Click here to listen.
Fairfield Waverly, LLC, v. Dorchester County Assessor, No. 5769 (S.C. Ct. App. August 26, 2020) (Property tax, late-filed ATI exemption)
Synovus Bank v. S.C. Dep't of Rev., 17-ALJ-17-0418-CC (April 17, 2020) (bank tax and net operating losses)
McEntire Produce v. S.C. Dep't of Rev., 17-ALJ-17-0060-CC (Sept. 6, 2019) (machine, pollution control, and clean room sales tax exemptions)
Colonial Pipeline Company v. S.C. Dep't of Rev., 18-ALJ-17-0443-CC (pollution control property tax exemption)
Books-a-Million, Inc. v. S.C. Dep't of Rev., 2020 WL 2050898 (S.C. Ct. App. Filed April 29, 2020) (sales taxation of membership fees)
SunBelt Furniture Xpress, Inc., v. S.C. Dep't of Rev., 19-ALJ-17-0110-IJ (S.C Admin. Law Court filed June 11, 2019) (Order to Quash Subpoena).
C. Dep’t of Rev. v. Trader Joes East, Inc., d/b/a Trader Joes 752., 18-ALJ-17-0425-CC (S.C. Admin. Law Court Filed April 4, 2019) (alcohol licensing)
InteliChart, LLC v. C. Dep’t of Rev., 18-ALJ-17-0457-IJ (S.C. Admin. Law Court Filed February 3, 2019) (procedural issues)
Dish DBS Corp. v. S.C. Dep't of Rev., No. 2016-001642, 2018 WL 573348, (S.C. Ct. App. Oct. 31, 2018) (corporate income tax apportionment)
Synovus Bank v. S.C. Dep’t of Rev., 17-ALJ-17-0418-CC (S.C. Admin. Law Court Filed October 22, 2018) (net operating loss carryforwards for banks)
Aramark Sports & Entertainment Services, LLC v. S.C. Dep't of Rev., 18-ALJ-17-0278-CC (S.C. Admin. Law Court filed Aug. 27, 2018) (ABL license dispute).
Dollar Tree Stores v. S.C. Dep’t of Rev., 17-ALJ-17-0414-CC (S.C. Admin. Law Court Filed February 16, 2018) (procedural issues)
Retail Services & Systems, Inc. v. S.C. Dep’t of Rev., 419 S.C. 469, 799 S.E.2d 665 (2017) (constitutionality of liquor license ownership limitation).
Books-A-Million v. S.C. Dep’t of Rev., 16-ALJ-17-0133 (S.C. Admin. Law Court filed June 6, 2017) (whether membership fees are subject to sales tax).
Fairfield Waverly, LLC v. Dorchester Cnty. Assessor, 14-ALJ-17-0601-CC (S.C. Admin. Law Court filed Feb. 1, 2017) (ATI exemption).
Windsor Club, LLC v. Dorchester Cnty. Assessor, 14-ALJ-17-0602-CC (S.C. Admin. Law Court filed Feb. 1, 2017) (ATI exemption).
Bright-Meyers NA, LLC v. Aiken Cnty. Assessor, 16-ALJ-17-0253-CC (S.C. Admin. Law Court filed Jan. 23, 2017) (property valuation dispute).
Mead v. S.C. Dep’t of Rev., Opinion No. 5460 (S.C. Ct. App. Dec. 21, 2016) (Homestead Exemption)
Citigroup, Inc. and Subsidiaries v. S.C. Dep’t of Rev., 15-ALJ-17-0135-CC (S.C. Admin. Law Court Filed October 20, 2016) (corporate tax allocation and apportionment/forced combination)
Dish DBS Corp. and Affiliates v. S.C. Dep't of Rev., 14-ALJ-17-0285 (S.C. Admin. Law Court filed May 20, 2016) (SC apportionment of service provider based on income producing activity)
P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Inc. v. S.C. Dep't of Rev., 16-ALJ-17-0083 (S.C. Admin law Court filed May 23, 2016) (ABL license dispute)
Hunter-Gatherer Brewery, LLC v. S.C. Dep't of Rev., 16-ALJ-17-0031-CC (S.C. Admin. Law Court filed May 2, 2016) (application for brewery license).
McInnis v. S.C. Dep't of Rev., 13-ALJ-17-04430-CC (S.C. Admin. Law Court filed Aug. 28, 2015) (hobby loss case involving deductions for plane)
CarMax Auto Superstores West Coast, Inc. v. S.C. Dep’t of Revenue, Opinion No. 27474 (S.C. Dec. 23, 2014) (Amicus Curiae Brief filed on behalf of COST)
Retail Services & Systems, Inc., dba Total Wine & More v. S.C. Dep’t of Rev. and ABC Stores of South Carolina, Docket No. 2014-CP-02-00259 (constitutionality of South Carolina alcohol licensing statutes)
Frank R. Mead III v. Beaufort Cnty. Assessor, 13-ALJ-17-0585-CC (S.C. Admin. Law Court filed Aug. 19, 2014) (Property Taxes, Homestead Exemption)
On June 14, 2010 the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled in favor of Maybank's client, Media General, in a dispute involving more than $2 million in state income taxes. Read the opinion here.
Duke Energy Corporation v. SC Department of Revenue (2012) (corporate income taxes)
Greenery Gallery Services v. SC Department of Revenue (2010) (sales taxes on maintenance services)
Tronco’s Catering, Inc. v. SC Department of Revenue (2010) (sales taxes on caterers)
W. Smith, and A. Smith v. SC Department of Revenue (2010) (individual income taxes, casualty losses)
Media General Communications, Inc. and Media General Broadcasting of South Carolina Holdings, Inc. v. SC Department of Revenue (2009) (corporate income taxes, UDITPA Section 18 request by Taxpayer)
Travelscape, LLC v. SC Department of Revenue (2009) (sales/accommodations taxes)
The Columbia Sailing Club v. SC Department of Revenue (2008) (property tax exemption)
Anonymous Corporation v. SC Department of Revenue (2008) (economic development incentives, Job Development Credits)
The Fellowship Society v. SC Department of Revenue (2008) (property tax exemption)
Anderson Aviation, Inc. v. Anderson County Auditor (2007) (property taxes, aircraft as inventory)
Carolina Walk, LLC and Serrus Carolina Walk, LLC v. Richland County Assessor, 2012 WL 991445 (S.C. Admin. Law. Judge. Div.)
Centex International, Inc. v. SC Department of Revenue, _____ S.C. ______,750 S.E.2d 65 (2013) (Income Tax economic development incentive – Infrastructure Tax Credit)
Bodman v. State, 403 S.C. 60, 742 S.E.2d 363 (2013) (sales taxes) (Amicus Curiae Brief for South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance – constitutionality of Sales Taxes)
CarMax Auto Superstores West Coast, Inc. v. SC Department of Revenue, 397 S.C. 604, 725 S.E.2d 711 (2012) (corporate income taxes) (Amicus Curiae Brief for Council on State Taxation – (COST) – (UDITPA § 18 Request by DOR)
Travelscape, LLC v. SC Department of Revenue, 391 S.C. 89, 705 S.E.2d 28 (2011) (sales/accommodation taxes)
Media General Communications, Inc. v. SC Department of Revenue, 388 S.C. 138, 694 S.E.2d 525 (2010) (corporate income taxes – UDITPA § 18 Request by Taxpayer)
Blackbaud, Inc. v. SC Department of Revenue, 386 S.C. 446, 688 S.E.2d 150 (2010) (economic development incentive; Job Development credits)
In re Ellerbe, 384 S.C. 418, 682 S.E.2d 487 (2009) (failure to file)
South Carolina Public Interest Foundation v. Harrell, 378 S.C. 441, 663 S.E.2d 52 (2008) (Amicus Curiae Brief for SC Manufacturer’s Alliance and Michelin, N.A., Inc. – constitutionality of Life Sciences Act under One Subject “Logrolling” Constitutional Provision)
Riverwoods, LLC v. County of Charleston, 349 S.C. 378, 563 S.E.2d 651 (2002) (property taxes) (Amicus Curiae Brief for State Chamber of Commerce – constitutionality of local option property tax provision)
Horry County School District v. Horry County, 346 S.C. 621, 552 S.E.2d 737 (2001) (Multi-County Business Park economic development incentive) (Amicus Curiae Brief for South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and South Carolina Manufacturer’s Alliance – constitutionality of Multi-County Industrial Parks)
- Rated AV Preeminent for Twenty Years by Martindale-Hubbell
- Achieved "Highest Possible Rating in Both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards" by Martindale-Hubbell 2017, 2018
- Columbia Business Monthly's "Legal Elite of the Midlands", 2015, 2022
- Best Lawyers in the Midlands in Tax Law by Columbia Metropolitan Magazine since 2015
- Listed in Best Lawyers in America for "Lawyer of the Year" for Tax Law in Columbia, S.C.
- Appointed by Governor Haley to the Agency Head Salary Commission (2014)
- S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis transition team (2010-2011)
- South Carolina Economic Developers Association's "2010 Ally of the Year"
- Listed in Best Lawyers in America for Tax Law, Since 2009
- Listed in South Carolina Super Lawyers for Tax (2014)
- Chair, S.C. Tax Realignment Commission (TRAC) (2010-2011)
- South Carolina's first Director of the Department of Revenue and Taxation (1995-1999); second term (2003-2005)
- Member of the Coordinating Council for Economic Development and Chair of the Enterprise Zone Subcommittee (1995-1999 and 2003-2005)
- Received Order of the Palmetto from both S.C. Governor Carroll Campbell and S.C. Governor David Beasley
- 2007 Recipient of the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance Defender of Manufacturing Award
- Former General Counsel in the S.C. Secretary of State's Office
- Complete Lawyer Award from USC School of Law (1998)
- L.H. "Sonny" Siau Award of Excellence from the South Carolina Association of Auditors, Treasurers, and Tax Collectors
- Transition Team for former S.C. Governor Mark Sanford
- Legal Counsel to Former S.C. Governor Carroll Campbell
- Former Commissioner on the S.C. Public Service Commission
- Former Member of the Board of South Carolina's Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC)
- Former S.C. Deputy Securities Commissioner in S.C. Secretary of State's Office
- Government Efficiency and Accountability Review Committee, former member
- S.C. Transportation Infrastructure Study Committee, former member
- 2006 Palmetto Leadership Award from the S.C. Policy Council
- 2005 Public Servant of the Year Award from Upstate Forever
- Agency Directors Organization (2004-2005)
Burnie has hosted and spoken at a number of economic development and state and local tax seminars. In the past several years, these include:
- Present Law and Background Relating to Tax Incentives for Residential Real Estate
- Presenter, "State Tax and Economic Development Incentives Legislative Update" with Andrew Saleeby, June 2022 (view recording)
- Presenter, State Economic Development and Tax Rankings (2022)
- Co-Author, Sales Taxation of Bundled Transactions in South Carolina
- Presenter, Swiss Life Science Manufacturers, South Carolina Incentive for Swiss Life Sciences Manufacturer, April 2020
- Presenter, Annual Farm Bureau Convention: Agriculture: Property and Sales Tax Issues for Farmers, February 8, 2020
- Host/Presenter, Webinar: Job Tax Credit in Tier III & IV South Carolina Counties, September 15, 2019
- Presenter, Myrtle Beach Downtown Redevelopment Corporation: Myrtle Beach Opportunity Zones Investor Forum, April 5, 2019
- Host/Presenter, Coastal Carolinas Association of REALTORS Commercial Investment Division – Quarterly Commercial Broker Breakfast: Opportunity Zones and Commercial Real Estate Development, March 2019
- Host/Presenter, CREW Upstate: February Luncheon: Opportunity Zones, February 7, 2019
- Host/Presenter, Opportunity Zones, November 13, 2018 - Georgetown County
- Host/Presenter, Nexsen Pruet Opportunity Zones Update, November 7, 2018
- SCRA Launch & Learn, Presenter: Tax Incentives You Need to Know, March 22, 2018.
- SC BIO South Carolina Life Sciences Boot Camp, Presenter: Economic Incentives for the Life Sciences, March 14, 2018.
- Host/Presenter, Nexsen Pruet NC v. SC and Federal Tax Law Update, Topics: Withholding Credits: SC JDC; SC vs. NC: Sales Taxes and Income Taxes; Federal Tax Law Update: Impact on Manufacturers and Real Estate Developers, March 9, 2018
- 2018 SC Bar Convention / Government Law Section – Presenter: Economic Development: Hot Topics and Case Studies, January 19, 2018
- Host/Presenter, Nexsen Pruet Economic Development Seminar: NC vs. SC, Topics: Cost-Benefit Analysis; Sales Taxes; Income Taxes; Port Cargo Credits/Data Centers, November 6, 2015
- Co-author, South Carolina Nonprofit Corporate Practice Manual, South Carolina Bar, 2015
- Host/Presenter, Nexsen Pruet SALT Seminar, Topics: Sourcing Update COP vs. Market Share, SALT Caselaw and Statutory Update, October 2, 2015
- Presenter, SCMA 2015 CFO Forum (2015) Legislative Update; And Sometimes Overlooked State Tax Economic Development Incentives for Manufacturers
- Presenter, Low Country Open Land Trust (Sept. 2015) State and Federal Charitable Giving Rules for Non-cash Charitable Contributions
- Host, Realtors Seminar (2015) Presenter, Realtor's Legislative and Regulatory Update, ATI Alternative Valuation Credit, Abandoned Building Revitalization and Retail Revitalization Acts
- Host, Traps and Pitfalls in Economic Development (2015) Presenter: Federal Income Tax Consequences of State Tax Incentives
- Moderator and presenter of the Clean Energy Economic Development Panel at the 2014 South Carolina Clean Energy Summit
- Host, Realtors Seminar (2014) Presenter, Property Tax Basics; ATI; Abandoned Buildings and Retail Facilities Revitalization Acts
- Author, article for the South Carolina Lawyer (2014), co-written by Chris Hampton, entitled "Nonprofit Traps and Pitfalls."
- Host, Newbie Seminar (2013) Presenter, Income Taxes; Sales Taxes; and Utility Tax Credit.
- Host, SALT Seminar (2013) Presenter, State Tax Traps and Pitfalls and ALC Update.
- Host, Hard Dollars Seminar (2013) Presenter, Utility Tax Credit.
- Host, Legislative Update Seminar (2013) Presenter, SC vs. NC Tax Incentives and Legislative Update.
- Host, Distribution Center Seminar (2013) Presenter, Taxation of Warehouses vs. Manufacturers; Property Taxation of Warehouses owned by Manufacturers; and State Tax Incentives for Warehouses/Distributors.
- B. Maybank, Franklin Daniels, Cashida Okeke, State Tax Traps and Pitfalls, South Carolina Lawyer, May 2013, at 42.
- State Economic Development Incentives for the Agribusiness Industry (2012) Presenter, Job Tax Credit/Job Development Credit, and Classification of Processors and Manufacturers for Purposes of Property Taxes.
- Host, Incentives for Real Estate Developers (2012) Presenter, Infrastructure Tax Credit; Closed Big Box/Textile Mills - Renovation Credits, and Brownfields.
- Host, Selected Issues regarding Spec Industrial Parks and Mega Sites (2012) Presenter, Legislative Update and Utility Tax Credit and Spec Industrial Parks.
- Host, Economic Development and Legislative Update Seminar (2011) Presenter, Legislative Update, and Property Tax Issues: When a Manufacturing Facility is sold at a Deep Discount.
- Host, Newbie Seminar (2011) Presenter, Income and Sales Tax Basics and Incentives, and FOIA's Application to NonProfit Economic Development Agencies.
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- 08.02.2022 | Article
Attorneys Burnie Maybank and Andrew Saleeby recently shared an update on state tax and economic development incentives.
- 06.08.2022 | Episode 84: Tony Toups and Darian Harris
This week Kara and Burnie, co-host of The Buzz, discuss investing in rural areas with Tony Toups, principal and member of senior management at Advantage Capital and Darian Harris, an associate on Advantage Capital’s national expansion team.
- 05.18.2022 | Episode 82: Burnie and Kara
This week Kara and Burnie, co-host of The Buzz, discuss South Carolina’ Economic Development and Tax Rankings. Burnie brings years of research and expertise to the episode as the former Director of the South Carolina Department of Revenue and a Nexsen Pruet attorney.
- 04.11.2022 | Episode 78: Harry Lightsey, Secretary of Commerce
Secretary Harry M. Lightsey III was appointed by Governor McMaster to serve as Secretary of Commerce in June of 2021. A fixture in South Carolina’s business community for decades, Lightsey is bringing his expertise and knowledge to the Department of Commerce.
- 04.11.2022 | Episode 79: Amy Tinsley, SC Automotive Council
Amy Tinsley, Executive Director of the South Carolina Automotive Council, sits down with Kara and Burnie to discuss workforce development and the blossoming automotive industry in South Carolina.
Kara and Burnie are joined by Dan Ellzey, Executive Director of South Carolina’s Department Employment and Workforce. They tackle job rates, insurance tax rates, and new opportunities that are arising in workforce development in South Carolina.
Brantley Strickland, Senior Project Manager at SouthernCarolina Regional Development Alliance, is one of only 60 people in South Carolina to earn advanced accreditation as a South Carolina Certified Economic Developer. Brantley, Kara + Burnie discuss workforce development, broadband, and golf!
For 20 years, Future Scholar has helped South Carolina families reach their financial educational goals for their children. Curtis Loftis, State Treasurer, joins Kara + Burnie to talk about this amazing program and Mr. Loftis's other duties as State Treasurer.
Swati Patel, Executive Vice President of public policy and counsel for the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, chat with Kara and Burnie about the Chamber’s annual competitiveness agenda. Workforce development is all the buzz in this episode.
Landscapes are changing all around from the success in the Upstate but especially in Cherokee County. Jim Cook, the Executive Director for the Cherokee County Development Board, joins Kara + Burnie to discuss expansion and growth in the county and the diverse industries it hosts.
In the last decade, York County has seen a 24% growth. Hannah Horne is the Executive Officer of Gravity Center, the hub for entrepreneurialism in York County. Hannah joins Kara + Burnie to talk about all things economic development in York County.
With more than 55,000 residents, York County has become one of the fastest-growing counties. York County Economic Development CEO & President David Swenson joins Kara & Burnie to talk about the Carolina Panthers' commitment and relocation of their headquarters and practice facilities to Rock Hill, SC.
- 10.27.2021 | Episode 67: Laura Jordan, Assistant Director of Agribusiness Development, South Carolina Department of Agriculture
The South Carolina Department of Agriculture likes to say that agribusiness is the state's "largest single industry sector," and it is making significant impacts on the S.C. economy and creating new jobs every quarter. Yet there are many tax credits that are going unclaimed by agribusiness owners in the state. Do you own a medium or small agribusiness, but confused about which tax credits your company qualifies for or don't know how to apply? The SCDA's Assistant Director of Agribusiness Development, Laura Jordan joins Kara & Burnie to talk about new tax incentives for business and manufactures involved in S.C. agriculture. Burnie is a bit of a pro on this one... he helped write one of the discussed tax incentives with the SCDA's Assistant Commissioner, Clint Leach!
Site selection in the economic development world can be a daunting process - thankfully, Didi Caldwell, Founding Principal at Global Location Strategies, joins Burnie & Kara on episode 66 to give us her insider tips and tricks. As a site selection incentive negotiation firm, Global Strategies matches companies with communities for mutual, sustainable prosperity. Tune in now to hear how Didi creates prosperity in South Carolina and beyond!
Effective community + economic development often has its challenges across all levels - locally, affordable housing has been a particular point of stress in South Carolina. Greenville Housing Fund President + CEO Bryan Brown joins Burnie and Kara on this episode to discuss exactly what affordable housing is, how it can be achieved (and maintained), and what the GHF is doing to make it a reality in the Upstate. Join us for a deep-dive on the subject!
- 09.08.2021 | Episode 64: Dr. Robert Carey, Director, Clemson University Regional Economic Analysis Laboratory
Who doesn't love good ol' economics? In this episode, we've got two guys who definitely do (and one female co-host slowly being converted). Burnie + Kara sat down with Clemson University Regional Economic Analysis Laboratory (CU-REAL) Director Dr. Robert Carey to explore exactly what (and who) CU-REAL is, and deep dive into a couple of recent economic impact studies. If you don't know, CU-REAL performs public policy, economic and fiscal analysis for public, private, and nonprofit sector clients - around the Palmetto State, they're kind of a big deal. Tune in and learn something with us!
Inspire. Innovate. Scribble. Generate. However you create ideas, we're here for it - and South Carolina's Office of Innovation is, too. This week, Burnie and Kara sat down with S.C. Office of Innovation and Scribble SC Managing Director Laura McIntosh, and we got the scoop on tech fellowships, how the office nurtures South Carolina's innovation and knowledge economy, and MUCH more. Laura gave us a peek into her background and how she's risen to her current role, plus a peek into what's to come. Don't miss this interview! Listen now.
DYK that some of the U.S. Navy's latest technology is being developed and implemented right here in South Carolina? The Palmetto Tech Bridge is linking innovative tech developers directly to our Lowcountry military operations. PTB Regional Director Michael Merriken explains more about the program, part of the South Carolina Research Authority umbrella. Find out more about that technology incubator-style operation - who they are, what they do, and how they're poised to change the future of military operations, right here in the Palmetto State! Tune in!
Dr. Joseph Von Nessen is one of South Carolina's leading researching economists and, as he explains it, a specialist in "So What? Economics." As in, those numbers and data look great, but - so, what? Dr. JVN gets into the details of a recently published report on South Carolina's manufacturing sector, and why we (and all of us) should care. The report, published by the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance and SC Future Makers, provides a big-picture look at the $206 billion industry - and what the future of manufacturing in South Carolina may look like. Tune in to get the manufacturing scoop, and click here to find out more about the report.
Just before the 4th of July weekend, we sat down with Karen Riordan (MBACC President & CEO) to discuss the rebound in Myrtle Beach-area tourism and hospitality. DYK, Myrtle Beach was recently named a top U.S. travel destination? Plus, we got to discuss some emerging trends, like e-sports and gaming - bet you didn't expect us to go there! Tune in today.
This week, Kara & Burnie sat down with Mark Williams, an economic developer, site selection consultant, founder & president of Strategic Development Group, and now, an author! Mark gives his perspective on South Carolina's current econ dev landscape - from challenges to advantages, COVID recovery, and what sets S.C. apart from other states (+ more!). Listen in for some great insight from a site selector!
Our cup runneth over with excitement for this episode! We spoke with Chester County Economic Development Director Robert Long, CEcD, to get the scoop on the recent (6/15/21) E. & J. Gallo Wines location announcement! The $423 million investment will create nearly 500 jobs over the next eight years, a 'mega project,' indeed! We spoke to Robert about the recruitment and site selection process (and the SERIOUS teamwork involved), and much more. Tune in!
Newberry County has been on the up-and-up of economic activity over the past several years. We were lucky to catch up with Rick Farmer (Newbery County Economic Development Director) and chat more about local development tactics and news - setting up your county for success; nurturing existing industries and recruiting new ones; addressing community needs (like food deserts); and advice to another developer.
The Charleston Regional Development Alliance is tackling a lot of major issues and trends in economic development, like onshoring/reshoring, electric vehicles and life sciences (to name a few). Burnie & Kara spoke with Mike Graney, CRDA's VP of Global Business Development, and Tushar Chikhliker, CRDA Board Member and head of Nexsen Pruet's Economic Development group, about this and more - including sustainable growth and workforce availability in the Lowcountry. Tune in!
- 04.28.2021 | Episode 53: SCRA & New Forge Technologies
The South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) is helping recruit and launch some of South Carolina's leading tech start-ups around the state. We spoke with SCRA Industry Manager Catherine Hayes and New Forge Technologies Co-Founder Javier Ortiz to learn more about SCRA's many programs - what they are, how they're mutually beneficial to existing industries and start-ups alike, and how innovations - like New Forge's augmented reality tech is changing the game for manufacturers. Tune in!
The Buzz is On The Road Again and Truckin' right along with another episode, where we sat down with South Carolina Trucking Association President & CEO Rick Todd. Logistics and supply chain movement remain critical to econ dev activity around South Carolina, especially with COVID-19 straining logistics capabilities. We discuss that, plus the state of S.C. roads (thank you, DOT!), plus training the next generation of trucking pros. And more! Check it out.
Burnie + Kara recently sat down with David Lockwood (Colliers International South Carolina) to discuss the status of commercial real estate in South Carolina. What are the major sector trends David is seeing? What has COVID recovery looked like? How was his latest run? (looking at you, F3ers!) We had fun with this interview, and know you'll enjoy it, so tune in!
- 04.07.2021 | Episode 50: Nexsen Pruet Attorneys Julie Medich (CHS) and John Skvarla (RAL) on Food & Beverage Manufacturing
Food and beverage manufacturing is an economic development sub-sector that's taking off across the Carolinas, so Nexsen Pruet is diving deeper into the subject. Why is this taking off here, and why now? Attorneys John Skvarla (Raleigh) and Julie Medich (Charleston) join The Buzz to discuss trends they are seeing, as well as to highlight NP's upcoming Food & Beverage Friday Webinars. Both sessions are *free* and *virtual,* so anyone can join from anywhere (need we say more?).
Shennice Cleckley is a small-business owner, SHE-EO, and mom, among MANY things. Recently, she spoke with Burnie and Kara about her role as a Google Digital Coach. In this position, she helps educate and equip South Carolina small business owners - especially minority business owners - with the *FREE* tools they can use to promote, grow and sustain their business. Looking for new customers? Don't know who your target customers are or should be? Shennice can help with that, and MUCH more. Listen to hear more, or visit Shennice online to register for a class.
- 03.24.2021 | Episode 48: Ethel Bunch, President & CEO, Sustain SC
In South Carolina, among many things, we love seeing our businesses thrive, and we love our beautiful outdoors. Ethel Bunch explains how Sustain South Carolina is the organization at the intersection of industry and conservation, bringing together Palmetto State business leaders to discuss, set, and achieve their sustainability goals.
Business seems to have been BOOMING in Lancaster County as of late. So, what's the secret? We may not have gotten a magical recipe, but we did have a *golden* conversation with Jamie Gilbert. To what does the county attribute its success? How are they battling some of the emerging industry challenges? Listen in - it's always fun to catch up with Jamie.
This week, we're bringing the TAX FACTS. Specifically, property taxes. We spoke with Dr. Daphne Kenyon to get the details on the Lincoln Institute's recent report on the state of South Carolina. With a foreboding title ("A Deep Dive on South Carolina's Property Tax System: Complex, Inequitable and Uncompetitive"), Dr. Kenyon explains the key findings and what it really means. Commissioned by the South Carolina Chamber Foundation and South Carolina Realtors to better understand how the South Carolina property tax system could be improved. Buckle up, and tune in!
What exactly is the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness? We guarantee you've seen them, or maybe you know President & CEO Susie Shannon. Or, perhaps you've seen one of their several clusters (SC Aerospace, SC Logistics, Transform SC, SC Tech, or SC Fraunhofer USA Alliance). We deep dive with Susie about who is the Council - what they do, and how they do it. How does one organization advance the competitiveness of an entire state? Susie doesn't give away the secret sauce, but she does give us a great look behind the curtain.
- 02.25.2021 | Episode 44: David Rousse, President, INDA (Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry)
Nonwoven fabrics surround us every day - wipes, hygiene products, face masks. What are they? How are they made? Today, we sit down with David Rousse, President of INDA (Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry). Dave explains what nonwovens are - how they're made, material sourcing, how manufacturers have easily adjusted to nonwovens production and why the Carolinas (and the southeast) are a hotbed for manufacturers. Learn more about this industry, and how they're helping to safely and quickly create solutions for PPE manufacturing. Listen now!
It's been 8 months (!) since we've last spoken to SC Realtors CEO Nick Kremydas - and a lot has changed in that time. As COVID continues to play out, the Palmetto State's residential real estate industry has seen significant impacts. As Nick says, with high demand and very low inventory, it's truly a seller's market.
Today, we're joined by SC Technical College System representatives Michelle Fehr and Karmen Hewitt to discusses the EZone (Enterprise Zone Retraining Program) retraining program. Did you know that your company could earn 67% back on expenses for tools and programs used to retain your employees? Are you taking advantage of available incentives? Tune in and find out more about EZone - what it is, who is applicable, how to apply and MUCH more! Listen in!
David Edwards, CEO of Greenville-Spartanburg Airport District, joins Kara & Burnie on #TheBuzz. Edwards details traffic levels, investment projects and hints at a major announcement coming soon! You don’t want to miss this!
The South Carolina legislature is back in session, and we needed a primer on key issues expected to be taken up. Nexsen Pruet Governmental Affairs Advisor Mark Harmon stepped in to brief us on key economic development issues, like Abandoned Buildings Tax Credit extensions, the state's Unemployment Fund, broadband accessibility, liability protections, and more. (And yes, this was filmed in advance, so these issues may have seen action since we recorded.) Listen and learn with us!
- 01.20.2021 | Episode 39: Amanda Loveday, COO, NP Strategy
Inauguration Day calls for a special edition of #TheBuzz - today, we interview NP Strategy COO Amanda Loveday, a longtime South Carolina + Democratic politics pro to discuss her work alongside the Biden administration. She gives us a look behind the curtain at what to expect after President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in, and how his policies and relationships might impact the Palmetto State. Get an insiders' look with us before the inauguration!
What better way to kick off the new year than with something so near and dear to our hearts? That's right - we're talking TAX CREDITS with South Carolina Department of Revenue Tax Attorney Jerilynn VanStory. Jerilynn explains all aspects of job tax credits, especially in Tier 1 - 4 counties. How much are businesses eligible for? What do they mean? How do you even claim the credits? We review it all - listen in!
So you want to know about COVID-19 vaccines? Attorneys aren't usually ones to dole out free legal advice, but we sat down with Nexsen Pruet Employment & Labor Law chair David Dubberly to discuss employer and employee rights. Of course, South Carolina is an at-will state, but how does that play a part in vaccination recommendations, proof of COVID-19 testing/vaccines, or employee opt-outs? What role do liability protections play in all of this? We dive into all that - and more - with David on this episode of The Buzz!
Railroads: the logistics and supply-chain giant, particularly critical across the Carolinas. For many companies and site selection professionals, access to rail is a must; but, rail as we know it is evolving. Enter Scott Saylor, former president of the North Carolina Railroad Company and current Nexsen Pruet Of Counsel. An expert on rail in the region, Scott built his career in the industry over several decades - and is here to update Buzz listeners on all things rail (types, infrastructure, major players, role in economic development, etc.). Listen in for a lesson on Railroads 101!
This might be the best trivia episode of The Buzz, ever. Calling all film buffs: test your knowledge of movies shot around the Palmetto State! Or, do you know the film industry's economic impact on the state? We also get into incentives (of course), how COVID-19 has impacted movie and television sets, (several) Burnie anecdotes, and much more. Tune in to the latest episode now! We promise you'll enjoy it.
- 11.11.2020 | Episode 34: Jay Bender, FOIA Attorney
Confidentiality is a big part of economic development projects - but so, too, is transparency (at least when it comes to governing bodies and government entities). Enter the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA. We called in a FOIA expert - attorney Jay Bender - to explain the ins-and-outs of FOI. What exemptions apply to economic developers? Who does FOIA apply to? Jay Bender lays down the facts in this episode - listen now!
- 10.28.2020 | Episode 33: Dr. Matt Martin, SVP and Charlotte Regional Executive, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
On today's episode, Kara and Burnie spoke to the good doctor: Dr. Matt Martin of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. We spoke up and down about the economy - how COVID has impacted certain sectors (and how they have or have not bounced back), how that will have a ripple effect on real estate markets, and how manufacturing and workforce retention are also affected. You don't have to be an economics major to track this one - Matt makes it easy (and, honestly, kind of uplifting). Listen now, and learn something new!
- 10.21.2020 | Episode 32: Anita Patel, Deputy Director of International Strategy and Trade Division, S.C. Dept. of Commerce
Our latest guest has traded her frequent flyer miles for Zoom credits, but she's working as hard as ever to facilitate international trade in the Palmetto State. S.C. Department of Commerce's Anita Patel, Deputy Director of International Strategy and Trade Division, walks us through her day-to-day - under normal circumstances AND since adjusting to COVID-19 procedures. For South Carolina manufacturers looking to export products to international markets, Anita is your go-to. How does Commerce support companies through the export process, or target market growth? Anita walks us through it - tune in to learn more!
- 10.14.2020 | Episode 31: Will Williams [South Carolina Economic Development Partnership, President & CEO]
You may know him for his dad jokes on social media- President and CEO of Economic Development Partnership, Will Williams talks about the post COVID economy and new investment on the latest episode of #TheBuzz.
Boeing is the buzzword this week in economic development. You’ve seen the announcement in the news, but today we get a behind the scenes look from an elected official who has been close to the discussions between Boeing and South Carolina. Listen to learn more about Boeing’s decision to consolidate the production of its 787 Dreamliner in the Palmetto State.
- 09.30.2020 | Episode 29: Greg Jones, Founder, Founder & Vice President, Foreign-Trade Zone Corporation
Foreign Trade Zones (or, FTZ's as they are affectionately known) are a huge buzzword in econ dev. Whether it's the site selection process, incentives, manufacturing or imports/exports, there's a lot to unpack on the subject. So, we sat down with Foreign-Trade Zone Corporation Founder & Vice President Greg Jones to get into the nitty-gritty (but not too nitty-gritty, the just-right level of nitty-gritty). What even are FTZ's? How can they benefit your company, or a company looking to invest in your region? What are the limitations of the program? How does one even apply? We'll give you the skinny in under 23 minutes. Tune in!
- 09.23.2020 | Episode 28: Jeff McKay - Executive Director, NESA
We had the honor of being escorted in episode 28 by a real pro - a pro's pro, if you will - North Eastern Strategic Alliance (NESA) Executive Director Jeff McKay! If you don't know, Jeff has been with NESA for nearly 15 years, making him a NESA savant, if you will. We talked to Jeff about lots of #econdev topics on the local and regional level, like site selection processes, project involvement, and how COVID has impacted it all. We also discussed the Dillon Inland Port, and its tremendous impact on Jeff's region (ports are just for seafaring folks anymore). Hear more about local development from a longtime pro - and an all-around great guy - listen now!
So, what exactly is EXIM Bank? What do they do and who do they help? You may have heard a lot about them, but now you can hear from them - Burnie and Kara interview Eastern Region Managing Director Sharyn Koenig all about EXIM's presence in S.C., and how our companies can benefit from EXIM. No, they're not just for the 'big boys' of business. Listen now!
Burnie and Kara had the pleasure to speak with South Carolina Department of Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers on the heels of a huge agribusiness announcement (Agriculture Technology Campus) in Hampton County. We discussed a lot about that project - what went into it (years of research and planning), how it became a reality, and what it means for the future of agribusiness in S.C. We also discussed SCDA's ACRE program, its farm-to-food bank initiative, and MUCH more. Tune in!
- 09.02.2020 | Episode 25: Bret Sowers, Southern Current
Southern Current's Bret Sowers (VP of Development + Strategy) was positively beaming about solar energy in this episode of The Buzz. The discussion was illuminating - Burnie, Kara and Bret (& Bret's cat) discussed everything about the industry (taxes, tax credits, incentives, residential vs corporate and a lot more). Burnie beamed at the subject, Kara shined, and Bret brightened our day. If you had any questions about South Carolina's solar industry, we're certain this episode covers it - listen in!
Burnie and Kara brought in Rich Fletcher (President & CEO, I-77 Alliance) to break in the new studio - can't you just hear the difference?? The trio get into the latest in the I-77 Alliance region: the Fairfield County megasite, possibilities of reshoring, and how Charlotte is our friend - not a cross-state rival. Anyone else feel that *buzz* in the air? That's football season trying to work its way back. Yes, we got into the Carolina Panthers development, which is basically our version of Hard Knocks. All that, and much more. Give it a listen!
On our latest episode of The Buzz, we're talking about all things apprenticeship - they've become a widely successful tool in developing South Carolina's workforce, and introducing young people to career opportunities they may never have had exposure to otherwise. Kara and Burnie sit down with Amy Firestone, Vice President of Apprenticeship Carolina, to discuss the programs available. We discuss apprenticeship eligibility, how companies can get involved, and how COVID-19 has adjusted the apprenticeship process. Listen in for that and much more!
- 08.12.2020 | Episode 22: Jamie Suber, Chief of Staff, South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW)
Economic developers will be the first to tell you - their work means nothing without a workforce. While COVID-19 has caused record unemployment numbers in South Carolina, it's also a huge hiring opportunity for companies looking to build their workforce. So today, Burnie and Kara spoke with South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) Chief of Staff Jamie Suber abut life at the agency - what are they seeing and doing day to day? How did they adjust (basically immediately) to respond to the pandemic? What unemployment trends are they seeing? Plus much, much more. Tune in!
- 08.05.2020 | Episode 21: Burnie solo-cast
Today, we dive a little deeper with our hosts - that's right - Kara and Burnie go one-on-one in Episode 21. Kara (a former journalist - and it shows!) finds out what makes Burnie tick (don't we all want to know??). We talk about Burnie's background, his professional experiences, and a little bit about how he's become the Burnie Maybank we all know and love. Take a walk down Maybank Highway Lane with us for a a little fun.
Burnie and Kara get into some GOOD NEWS with Dorchester County Economic Development Director John Truluck. We discuss the the details of Dorchester Co.'s recent Walmart announcement (a major win), opportunity zones, COVID-19, re-shoring, honey harvests and a little reality television. Never a dull moment over here. Listen now!
For episode 19, Kara and Burnie sat down with Jim Stritzinger (Revolution D, Inc. Founder, President & CEO), an expert in rural broadband infrastructure development and deployment. You may have heard him referred to as "Mr. Broadband;" he's been in the industry for decades, but is working double-time trying to get South Carolina connected. We discuss how S.C. is deploying rural broadband, how the allocated CARES Act funds come into play (and how far they'll really get us), what exactly defines 'high-speed internet,' and much more. Listen now!
- 07.15.2020 | Episode 18: S.C. State Treasurer Curtis Loftis
Kara and Burnie sit down with South Carolina State Treasurer Curtis Loftis about all things budgets - how he has saved South Carolina and South Carolinians, alike, huge amounts of money. We discuss COVID's impact on the state's budget, revenue, small businesses and much more (Treasurer Loftis brought the jokes). Listen now!
- 07.08.2020 | Episode 17: Swati Patel, EVP of Communications and Public Policy + Of Counsel, SC Chamber of Commerce
Our dynamic co-hosting duo sit down with Swati Patel, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce EVP of Public Policy, Of Counsel, and Chamber Foundation President. We did not ask her about having the longest title(s) of any of our guests to date. We did ask her about the Chamber's public policy priorities (notably, liability protections), and where they stand with the legislature. We also discuss broadband, essential workers, and how legislation gets passed.
This week, Burnie + Kara sat down with SC Technical College System President Dr. Tim Hardee for an update on higher education and workforce development in the Palmetto State. We discuss everything from how students are retooling due to the pandemic, to how the technical college system is adjusting its approach for students, to workforce development programs like readySC and SC WINS - and MUCH more! Listen now.
Burnie and Kara sit down with Nick Kremydas, CEO of the South Carolina Association of Realtors, and discuss all things real estate: taxes, trends (residential and commercial), local legislation, COVID-19 impact, pandemic response + adjustments, and MUCH more. Stream this episode to hear the latest on real estate around South Carolina.
- 06.10.2020 | Episode 14 - Sunnie Harmon, SC Lobbyist
Need a legislative primer? We did, too. South Carolina's 2020 legislative session was anything but normal, so cue veteran lobbyist (and renowned tennis phenom) Sunnie Harmon to catch us up to speed. She spoke to Kara and Burnie about what the legislature accomplished before its unusually early sine die, what we can (or might) expect from the legislature when they return to Columbia, and how COVID-19 has changed the way business is done around the state house. Check out that - and MUCH more - on this episode of The Buzz!
Kara and Burnie chat with John Lummus, leader of Upstate SC Alliance, a regional alliance based in - you guessed it - the Upstate. Representing 10 counties, John and his team have their fingers on the pulse of quite a bit of economic development action. Check out our interview with John, where the trio discuss hot topics like reshoring, COVID-19's impact on Upstate businesses, tax revenue projections, addressing workforce shortage, and some of the things Upstate SC Alliance has on their radar for the next 20 years.. All that and MUCH more on this episode of The Buzz!
**Producer's note: this interview was done before Governor McMaster's announcement reopening attractions on 5/20/20, so some conversations may be out of date** Burnie and Kara interview Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce President + CEO Karen Riordan for a business update from the Grand Strand. The trio discuss the impact of COVID-19 on Myrtle Beach businesses, how they plan to bounce back, and how we might expect the city to reopen. Join us for that, and MUCH more, with Karen Riordan!
Burnie and Kara catch up with a friend abroad - United States Ambassador to Switzerland & Liechtenstein Ed McMullen. Ed, a South Carolina local, began working with the Trump administration during the 2016 election as the Trump campaign lead in the Palmetto State. The trio chat about the impact of COVID-19 on Switzerland and, more broadly, Europe, as well as the status of international countries reopening for business and tourism. Burnie was also curious about what European businesses really think about American closures and precautions due to COVID-19, and how it could impact the possibility of re-shoring, especially in South Carolina. Tune in for all that, plus MUCH more - this was a fun one!
Burnie and Kara sat down with Lilyn Hester, the Head of Southeast Public Affairs for tech giant Google. Lilyn - and Google - are no strangers to South Carolina. They've been a community partner in the Lowcountry for over a decade, and Lilyn and her team have gotten ahead of issues like lack of access to rural broadband or basic health care. Lilyn explains the innovative ways Google has been serving the greater-Berkeley County community, and much more..
- 05.11.2020 | Episode 9: Jonathan Yarborough, Director of Government Affairs & Economic Development, Dominion Energy
Kara & Burnie sat down with Jonathan Yarborough, who oversees government affairs and economic development for Dominion Energy, one of South Carolina's largest energy providers. Prior to going in-house with Dominion, Jonathan began his econ dev career with the S.C. Department of Commerce; he's also no stranger to the famed Edisto Honey Harvests.. Listen in as the trio talk all things energy, Dominion's COVID-19 response, community involvement and giving, plus MUCH more!
- 05.06.2020 | Episode 8: Barbara Melvin, COO, South Carolina Ports
Burnie + Kara spoke with Barbara Melvin, Chief Operating Officer for South Carolina Ports, about the impact of COVID-19 on global trade and supply chain, as well as the local impact on all ports in the Palmetto State. They also look beyond coronavirus, discussing the port's long-term expansion and investment plans (like the Leatherman Terminal & Jasper Ocean Terminal projects), and much, much more.
Burnie & Kara caught up with South Carolina Chamber of Commerce President + CEO Ted Pitts on a number of things about the impact of COVID-19 on South Carolina's economy and getting the Palmetto state back to work. We spoke about the impact of the shutdowns (from schools to businesses, was it worth it, from a business perspective?), how we get the state's economy moving again, his involvement in the Accelerate SC task force, and more.
Burnie and Kara dive into a local developer's perspective in Episode 6 with Gregg Robinson, Executive Director at Orangeburg County Development Commission. AND - we're joined by special guests Mike Newman with QM Group and Robert Ferguson with ExxonMobil, sharing how QM is adjusting production to combat COVID-19 and announcing a new partnership with ExxonMobil.
- 04.27.2020 | Episode 5: Sara Hazzard, SC Manufacturers Alliance
Burnie and Kara chat with SC Manufacturers Alliance President and CEO Sara Hazzard about the manufacturing industry - one of South Carolina's largest industries - and what the organization is doing during COVID-19. They cover everything from what SCMA is hearing from its member companies, to restarting South Carolina's 'economic engine.' Sara was also recently named to the accelerateSC advisory committee - we cover that, and a LOT more.
Kara and Burnie sit down with SC Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism Director Duane Parrish to check in on how COVID-19 in impacting the state's hospitality and tourism economies, and what SCPRT is doing to combat that. They chat everything from beaches and hotels, to restaurants and golf tournaments - and even Carolina/Clemson football?.. We covered a LOT with Duane - check it out now!
- 04.20.2020 | Episode 3: James Chavez, SC Power Team
Kara and Burnie catch up with SC Power Team President & CEO James Chavez about how he serves South Carolina's electric cooperatives, and the special role his team plays in the Palmetto State economic development landscape. They chat about the impact of COVID-19, how SC's economy can bounce back, and MORE!
- 04.14.2020 | Episode 2: S.C. Economic Developers' Association Leadership (Andrena Powell-Baker & Richard Blackwell)
Kara and Burnie catch up with SCEDA President Andrena Powell-Baker (Lockhart Power) and Incoming President Richard Blackwell (Agracel, Inc.) to discuss what the state's largest economic development professional association is seeing right now - from COVID-19 impact and response to rural broadband, and more.
- 04.07.2020 | Episode 1: Lou Kennedy (Nephron Pharmaceuticals)
Kara and Burnie talk BEES, plus a few things that make Nephron kind of unique. Interview with Nephron Pharmaceuticals President & CEO Lou Kennedy talking pre-coronavirus investments and production, Nephron's teacher-hire program, adjusting production for COVID-19 response, advice for companies looking to make adjustments, U.S. vs. overseas pharmaceutical production, importance of investing in health/life sciences and rural broadband.
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