Welcome – Terence Roberts, TATT Chairman

Sam Konduros, President and CEO, SCBIO

Guest Presentation – Sam Konduros, President and CEO, SCBIO (South Carolina Biotechnology Industry Organization)

  • While other industries are down as a result of the pandemic, life sciences are up. From testing to face shields to respiratory drugs, the life science industry is an important part of the fight against COVID-19.
  • Repatriation and onshoring of life science companies will put the U.S. on a more solid footing in the future in terms of drug and PPE production.
  • Third party study was done to reveal the growth of the industry across the state 
  • 50,000 jobs, $14 billion annual impact
  • What is life science? Drugs & pharmaceuticals, med tech, digital health/heath IT (software, apps, etc.), research/testing/medical labs, bioscience distribution, and bio/agriculture
  • See his presentation here
  • You can read Sam’s guest post on our Staying on Top blog here

TATT Updates

Dean Hybl, TATT Executive Director

  • Next TATT Chat with Sean Dogan, August 27th—register here
  • Networking time 20 minutes prior to the meeting on upcoming TATT Chats! Sign on early to network with friends and colleagues.

Justine Allen, Program and Event Coordinator:

  • First Sneak Pique event on September 14th—virtual happy hour! Register here
  • Upstate Entrepreneur Ecosystem Workshop: Entrepreneur Resiliency on August 26th—register here

  • Ten at the Top Seniors Issues Group Workshop with AARP of SC on August 27th—register here

County Updates

Abbeville County (Shannon Sears, WCTEL):

  • About 30% of students will be participating in online schooling
  • CARES grants for fiber upgrades to underserved areas

Cherokee County (Drake Scott, Main Street Director, City of Gaffney):

  • Despite COVID-19 challenges, good things happening at BGEN, Gaffney’s small business incubator
  • 8 businesses housed in the incubator
  • First graduate of the incubator: Zachary’s Coffee Shop is moving out to a building in downtown this weekend
  • ARC grant to do renovations to the BGEN building to expand office space for more residents

Greenwood County (Art Bush, Greenwood Partnership Alliance):

  • Transition in Greenwood County—county council voted to leave the partnership alliance and take industrial development with it
  • Re-examining mission, will continue with activities that were going on: workforce development, public transportation, housing, city center development, and working with Greenwood Genetics Center, which just launched a
  • Drone project with five industrial projects

Spartanburg County (Bea Smith, Spartanburg Community College Foundation):

  • We are open for business! Never really stopped, transitioned to virtual classes in the spring and continued throughout the summer
  • Dr. Henry Giles retired as president this summer after 50 years of service
  • Welcomed new president, Dr. Michael Mikota
  • SCC Foundation has worked to make students aware of emergency fund and book fund
  • School starts Monday—virtual, hybrid, and face to face

Union County (Curtiss Hunter, Union County Tourism):

  • Continuing to work on comprehensive plan, hope it will be adopted before the year’s end
  • Formed a recreation/event task force to help citizens who are hosting events, to keep people in compliance and safe
  • Private developer who created a western town as a tourist attraction on the Pacolet River called Wildwood Ranch—beautiful facility for events, working with him to get that up and running once the pandemic subsides