Thursday, October 29, 2009

Boeing to Place Second 787 Assembly Line in North Charleston

Below is a compilation of news stories, videos and pictures from various sources regarding the announcement by Boeing to place a second 787 Assembly Line in North Charleston.

Boeing to Place Second 787 Assembly Line in North Charleston, SC

Charleston Regional Business Journal
Excitement reigns as Sanford signs Boeing incentive
Molly Parker

Boeing Co. bringing 787 plant to North Charleston
Molly Parker

Boeing billing North Charleston plant as strike-proof as optimism spreads
Molly Parker

Upstate has tools for Boeing
Scott Miller

Post and Courier

Bringing Boeing to S.C.THE ART OF THE DEAL
Allyson Bird

Experts: Boeing move a message to unions
Dana Hedgpeth, The Washington Post

State relied on power of tax breaks, incentives
Rudolph Bell, The Greenville News

Staying focused was key, Mayor Summey says optimism was order of the day
Schuyler Kropf

Sanford signs incentive package for Boeing
Associated Press

TRIDENT TECH: Gearing up to teach thousands assembly skills
Katy Stech

Welcome to town, Boeing
Brian Hicks

BOEING: Aircraft giant lands here, Aviation giant expects to break ground on new assembly plant within the next few weeks
John McDermott, Yvonne Wenger

Summey foresees booming future, Mayor says spin-offs will add to number of jobs
Warren Wise

Boeing lands here, Aviation giant expects to break ground on new assembly plant within the next few weeks
John McDermott, Yvonne Wenger

Lawmakers offered lure worth $450M
Katy Stech, Yvonne Wenger

At the controls, notable 787 executives
Staff Report

Boeing could lead state's rebound, economist says
The State

Boeing: 'Hiring in the thousands,' Details not available yet, but open slots are estimated to be about 3,800
Katy Stech

Boeing, in their own words
Staff Report

This is bigger than big
Ken Burger

WCBD News 2
Sanford, state lawmakers laud Boeing decision to come to SC

Boeing jobs impact to be felt immediately

Rep. Henry Brown congratulates lawmakers for landing Boeing plant

Boeing to put 787 plant in North Charleston, bringing 4,000 jobs

WCIV News 4
North Charleston Mayor Reacts to Boeing News

The History of Boeing's Arrival to Charleston

Banking on Boeing

State Leaders React to Boeing Announcement

Boeing to Place 787 Assembly Line in North Charleston

WCSC News 5
Boeing banks on Charleston, stakes claim for new 787 facility

Summey press conference

Gov. Sanford gives credit to many for Boeing's arrival

The Seattle Times
Recreating local plants in S.C.
Dominic Gates

Machinists disappointed, call union 'a handy scapegoat'

Lynn Thompson, Sonia Krishnan, Melissa Allison

'We did all we could' to keep 787 work, Gregoire says, but GOP disagrees
Andrew Garber, Kyung M. Song

Hutchison faults Gregoire, Constantine on 787 decision
Bob Young

Who's to blame for losing the second 787 line?
Jon Talton

Boeing: South Carolina reaction

KOMO News 4
Second 787 assembly line goes to South Carolina

Sen. Murray: 'We're all really disappointed'

Gregoire: state remains strong aerospace player

KING News 5
Boeing Everett workers worry about Charleston 787 quality

Watch: Boeing historian: Charleston a bad move for Boeing

Watch: Snohomish Co. Executive reacts to Boeing South Carolina decision

Watch: Boeing Machinists union president reacts to S.C. decision

NBC Nightly News
Boeing 787 Goes South

The Associated Press

Boeing picks South Carolina for 2nd 787 line
Dianel Lovering, George Tibbits

Bloomberg News
Boeing Doubles Bet on 787 Scheme That’s 2 Years Late (Update1)
Peter Robison, Susanna Ray

Wall Street Journal
Boeing Selects S.C. for Dreamliner Plant
Peter Sanders

Market Watch
Boeing picks South Carolina for 787 assembly hall
Jim Jelter

Puget Sound Business Journal
Boeing picks S. Carolina for 2nd 787 line

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
What now? Boeing move sends state scrambling
Levi Pulkkinen, Eric Nalder, Scott Gutierrez

Financial Times
Boeing to build 787s in South Carolina
Hal Weitzman

Machinists Dispute Boeing Strike Concerns

Dallas Morning News
Boeing to put second 787 line in South Carolina
Terry Maxson

Clemson University
Clemson University experts on Boeing's decision to bring 787 production to South Carolina

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner

Take a virtual tour

The Plane

About the 787 Family

More 787 Videos

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Citizens speak out on potential Pinehaven Post Office closure

A public meeting was held to discuss the possible closure of the United States Postal Service’s Pinehaven Post Office on Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at St. Matthews Baptist Church.

The Pinehaven Post Office resides within a neighborhood where many rely on public transportation, yet the USPS held a public meeting in a different postal code district to receive public comments regarding its closure. The City of North Charleston felt it was best to convene a public meeting in a central location, so all of the area’s residents had an opportunity to provide input.

We encourage the public to continue to send their comments to the local postmaster.

Timothy D. Shaw
United States Post Office
7075 Cross County Road
North Charleston, SC 29418

Two petitions were circulated and signed at the meeting.
Petition One
Petition Two

The following are comments received from the public meeting attendees:

Gretchen Wright
USPS told us to use the supermarket to buy stamps, but there are none in our area. This logic is flawed.

Elais Bartman
The next closest Post Offices are across the Ashley River and up Rivers Avenue. The lack of transportation of many of this area’s residents will keep them from being able to get to these Post Offices.

Herb Cunningham
The next closest branch is 5.4 miles away. We have a lack in mobility. The only way we have to reach the other Post Offices is to take a bus. Why are the disadvantaged shut down first. This is a slap in the face.

Mr. Olsen
A lot of senior citizens are in this community and depend on the Post Office. If things are so bad, how can the USPS spend millions on advertising with the NFL?

Stanley Smalls
This postal district is predominantly people of color and senior citizens. Why is the USPS targeting a disadvantaged area? Rivers Avenue is too far way for many. The initial public meeting conducted by the USPS should have been located in this community, not in another postal district.

Paulette Dunham
This Post Office has always been successful. It is unfair to remove it.

Sinclair Jenkins
The Rivers Avenue Post Office is very difficult to transverse. The traffic is terrible when crossing Rivers Avenue.

Clair Laughlin
If the Pinehaven Post Office services such a large area, then why would you close it?

Clinton Brantley
This is a moral issue. It is about services, accessibility, and our senior citizens. They all should be considered.

Harriet Brown
We have lost so many other daily conveniences, and the Post Office would be a final blow. Many of the area’s residents lack transportation.

Bill Stanfield
The lack of clarity on the criteria of the decision to close the Pinehaven Post Office is disturbing. There are more public transportation riders here than in any other area. This is becoming a civil rights issue by the USPS taking away from the disadvantaged.

Lannette Poor
This community has a lack of transportation and we need the Post Office in our community.

Ms. Chisolm
The US Congressmen that represent this area should be present, but are not.

Leatrice Eddy
Moving the Post Office would create chaos. The mail is already late, how much later can we expect to receive our mail?

Patricia Brown
This Post Office is in the middle of a community and provides many services past providing postage stamps. The decision to close the Post Office is based on a flawed criteria and the USPS should reconsider.

Vanderbilt Evans
A timeframe has not been adequately communicated. If the USPS is using crime as part of their criteria, they should not. The USPS provides a service that others cannot due to federal law. This Post Office serves several communities and a reason for its possible closure has not been given.

Kenneth Blake
Why not close another branch, like Sullivans Island where the affluent live, so this community can continue to be served.

Robert Lee
I have held a post office box at the Pinehaven Post Office for 20 years. Closing the Post Office is a disservice to our community.

Judy Miller
I feel the community needs to look at the legal ramifications.

Pearl Middleton
Other conveniences have vacated the area. Why is the Post Office taking this service away?

Bernard Walker
I live in Mount Pleasant, but volunteer at a public school in the area. Whenever something negative has to happen, it always seems to happen to the minority communities. Others should be taken into consideration. The USPS is spending money frivolously in other areas and needs to reflect upon itself. Leave this Post Office alone.

Miriam Fraser
It is possible to pay for other governmental expenses, but not this one. That is a shame.

Erica Fludd
I attended the first meeting held by the USPS, which should have been held in this community. If the mail carriers are out longer, then they run a greater risk. Will they deliver mail in the dark? The mail is already late.

Javon Mack
The USPS has done an inadequate job at distributing information about the closing. I knew nothing of the previous meeting. They deliver millions of letters everyday, but can’t notify the public of the meetings they are holding a meeting.

Nathaniel Shivers
I do not understand why the USPS is shutting down this branch. The word about this has not been spread sufficiently. We get so much junk in the mail, but the USPS did not use their full ability to notify us of the last meeting.

AJ Davis
It is very telling that no representative from the USPS is present. It does not make logical sense to close this centrally located Post Office. Many of the area’s residents are on fixed incomes and are unable to travel to other locations. There are still individuals in this community that are unaware that the Post Office may be closing.

Ms. Sparkman
Every time there is a spending cut, we are hit first.

The Pinehaven Post Office is located here:
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Public Meeting for potential closure of Pinehaven Post Office

The City of North Charleston is holding a public meeting to receive input and increase awareness of the possible closure of the Pinehaven US Post Office and the impact it would have on the community.

Public Meeting regarding the Pinehaven US Post Office

Tuesday, October 27, 2009
6:00 pm


St. Matthews Baptist Church
2005 Reynolds Avenue
North Charleston, SC 29405

The US Post Office is located here:

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

North Charleston’s 8th Annual “Tribute to our Veterans”

The City of North Charleston will hold its 8th Annual “Tribute to our Veterans” Veterans Day event on Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at The Greater Charleston Naval Base Memorial at Riverfront Park from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm. The event is open to the public. All veterans taking part in the ceremony will receive special recognition for their service. Lunch will be served following the ceremony.

Our guest speaker will be Retired Colonel Robert J. Mastrion, United States Marine Corps (USMC). Colonel Mastrion entered the USMC in 1955, completing his training at Parris Island, and was commissioned in 1961. He served during the Suez Crisis in 1956, Lebanon 1958, the Cuban Crisis 1961, Vietnam 1963-1964, Dominican Republic 1965, Vietnam 1966-1968, Arab-Israel Crisis 1973, Korea 1975-1976, 1985-1986 and the First Gulf War 1991-1992. Colonel Mastrion retired from the USMC in 1992.

For administrative purposes, Veterans are encouraged to RSVP by November 6, 2009 to the City of North Charleston Parks & Recreation Department by phone at (843) 745-1028 or via email at

North Charleston’s 8th Annual “Tribute to our American Veterans”

Wednesday, November 11, 2009
10:30 am to 1:00 pm

The Greater Charleston Naval Base Memorial at Riverfront Park
1001 Everglades Drive
North Charleston, SC 29405

History of Veterans Day

In March 2007, the City of North Charleston traveled with our World War II Veterans to Washington, DC to visit the World War II Memorial. Here is the video of our trip.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

North Charleston Coliseum Renovation Project

On Monday, October 19, 2009, the North Charleston Finance Committee moved forward with a resolution to authorize Mayor Summey to execute a letter of proposal and subsequent contract to facilitate the North Charleston Coliseum Renovation Project. The resolution will receive final reading at City Council on Thursday, October 22, 2009.

Dave Holscher, North Charleston Coliseum General Manager, was on 1250AM WTMA's Morning Buzz with Richard Todd to discuss the North Charleston Coliseum Renovation Project.

Hear it here:

Copyright © 2009 Citadel Broadcasting Company and MediaSpan

Improvements to the Coliseum include:

Suite Renovations
Renovate four suites on each sideline for a total of eight suites. Renovations will occur in the area vacated by current concession stands.

Concourse/Concession Expansion
Additions to the Coliseum on each sideline will provide new food court areas with new concession stands, small toilets, and exterior balconies.

Concourse Elevator Addition
Addition of a single passenger elevator internal to the existing building footprint, to provide improved vertical transportation service for patrons.

New Arena Bowl Sound System
Replacement of current Coliseum seating bowl sound system with a new distributed sound system.

New Rigging/Camera Platforms
Addition of catwalks with wider platforms to provide for expanded rigging capabilities and spotlighting of events.

The goal is to complete the design scope within a six month targeted timeframe with the construction phase to commence the week of June 2, 2010 and conclude April 15, 2011.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

15 Years as Mayor

On Mayor Summey's 15th anniversary as Mayor of North Charleston, he sat down with Schuyler Kropf of the Post and Courier for a question and answer session.

"Last week, North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey hit the 15-year mark of running South Carolina's third-largest city. During that time, he's seen the city recover from the closing of the Navy base, a population ebb and expansion and the opening of a new $37 million City Hall. He's also adopted a more healthy lifestyle, shedding more than 100 pounds.

On Wednesday, October 7, 2009, Summey sat down for a question-and-answer session with The Post and Courier, where he said he definitely will seek another term as mayor in 2011. And, though he's never been a supporter of embattled Gov. Mark Sanford politically, he doesn't think the governor should resign or be removed anytime soon."

Kropf, Schuyler. "Mayor reflects on city." Post and Courier. Evening Post Publishing Company, 11 Oct. 2009. Web. 11 Oct. 2009.

Watch the interview segmented into 12 parts.

Part 1 - It’s been 15 years, how has the City changed for the better and for the worse during that time?

Part 2 – North Charleston has always seemed to have had an inferiority complex when compared to the City of Charleston and Mount Pleasant. How have you worked to overcome that?

Part 3 – The most recent crop of police recruits was the most diverse you have ever seen. What does that say about the changing face of North Charleston?

Part 4 – There is no escaping that the State House will pick up the fight in 2010 of the rail lines that run through the Noisette redevelopment area. How are you preparing for that?

Part 5 – The Noisette investment project has had some financial and legal issues recently. What happens if that effort fails?

Part 6 – North Charleston seems to be annexing a lot of property. How much has the City’s boundary grown lately and why? Is it manageable, especially in regards to city-wide police protection?

Part 7 – You are 62 and the Mayor’s seat is not up again until 2011. Are you going to run for another term?

Part 8 – You once tipped the scales at 360 pounds. What are you down to now and how is the weight loss coming along.

Part 9 – Should Mark Sanford resign? He is the top economics officer in the state and North Charleston’s future is tied to that.

Part 10 – What is the one thing that most people would be surprised to hear about Keith Summey?

Part 11 – Your son Elliott is paving his own political path on County Council where you once served. Are you following his career and what political advice are you giving?

Part 12 – Where do you see North Charleston in 5 years?

Monday, October 5, 2009

Seeking nominations for "Citizen of the Year"

The Citizen Advisory Council is accepting nominations for the 2010 “Citizen of the Year.” Each year, North Charleston citizens are nominated to identify, honor, and reinforce the activities of exceptional citizens whose service or performance positively contributes to the quality of life in North Charleston.

Nominees must possess and demonstrate a generous community spirit, prove their commitment, and display a consistent effort of positively impacting the community, thereby raising the standards of social responsibility.

All applications are welcome, and should include a detailed explanation for the nomination along with the nominee’s name, address, and phone number. Also, the individual(s) submitting the application should include their name, address, and phone number. All applications must be submitted to City Hall by Monday, November 2, 2009 for consideration.

Please submit your nominations to:

City of North Charleston
Citizens Advisory Council
c/o Executive Department
P.O. Box 190016
North Charleston, SC 29419-9016

Mr. Tom Reiss was the 2009 "Citizen of the Year"