The Parker Companies to Locate IT Hub and Facility in Jasper County


  The Parker Companies to Locate IT Hub and Facility in Jasper County


The Parker Companies, LLC, has announced that the company will invest more than $1 million in a new 20,000 SF facility at the Hardeeville Commerce Park in Jasper County, South Carolina, to expand their operations. The new facility is expected to employ 14-16 individuals.

“We are thrilled to build this important asset in Hardeeville and Jasper County,” said Greg Parker, President and CEO. “As we continue to develop Parker’s into the Charleston market, we positioned our support departments into what we see as our future regional center. The new warehouse will be a 20-minute drive from our downtown Savannah headquarters. Because of its location on I-95, it is perfectly located to service our, soon to be, 54 stores. Our goal is to build 30 new stores in South Carolina in the next three years. We would like to offer a big thank you to the City of Hardeeville, Sandy Steele and the SouthernCarolina Alliance team.”

The facility at Hardeeville Commerce Park will house the IT operations for Parker’s Convenience Stores, which owns and operates 51 stores strategically located across Georgia and South Carolina.  The facility will also be utilized for fuel and facilities maintenance and warehousing.

“We are proud to have the Parker Companies investing in our region and creating jobs. It’s a testament to our growing economy and to the success that can be achieved when communities invest in product development,” said SouthernCarolina Alliance Vice Chairman Marty Sauls. “We salute Mr. Greg Parker and his team, the City of Hardeeville, Jasper County and the Rural Infrastructure Authority for their partnership in upgrading the infrastructure and creating a first-class business environment and location for the IT facility.”

“South Carolina is not only leading the manufacturing renaissance – we’ve become a top choice for distribution and logistics operations as well. We’re excited to have The Parker Companies on the list of renowned companies that call the Palmetto State home, and look forward to celebrating their continued success,” said SC Secretary of Commerce Robert “Bobby” Hitt.

According to Jasper County Council Chairman Tom Johnson, “Jasper County appreciates Parker Convenience Stores’ investment in our people and our community. Not only are they investing capital and creating jobs, they will locate their IT hub for their 51 stores here in Jasper County. We look forward to working with Parker Convenience Stores for many years to come and tomaking sure that Jasper County is the best location in the country to grow their investment.”

Mayor Harry Williams of Hardeeville added, “The City of Hardeeville welcomes the Parker Companies. This highly regarded business will be the first to call the Hardeeville Commerce Park ‘home’ and the city is honored to be part of their future plans. The Parker Company will be the cornerstone of the city’s 166-acre commerce park that will be a model for a beautifully planned commercial zone that the entire community will be proud of. Congratulations and Best Wishes to Parker for being a leader in the economic development of Hardeeville and Jasper County.”

The Parker Companies, LLC has been included on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America for the past three years. For more information on The Parker Companies and Parker’s Convenience Stores, visit their website:


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Palmetto Training, Inc. to hold CDL Truck Driving Training Class


Palmetto Training, Inc.

     A division of South Carolina Technical Institute, Inc.

Is offering a


Weekend Classes

               11 WEEK COURSE,   Starts January 20th 2018

Limited Seats!


Located at 1085 Thunderbolt Drive Walterboro, SC.

To register, please call (843) 538-2090

We accept Visa, MasterCard & Discover


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Finalists Announced in STEM Coalition Challenge


Finalists Announced in STEM Coalition Challenge

Initiative Made Possible by Arconic Foundation to Spur Innovation in STEM Mentorship and

Maker-Centered Learning

WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 16, 2018 – Today, US2020 announces 15 finalists for the STEM Coalition Challenge, a competition for communities across the country to develop cross-sector partnerships to bring quality hands-on STEM mentoring and maker-centered learning to underrepresented students. These finalists will now move forward to compete for $1 million in resources to implement their bold strategies, representing some of the most innovative approaches to tackling the opportunity gap through STEM.

“We received so many great ideas and are inspired by the response of the country,” said Esra Ozer, President of Arconic Foundation, a sponsor of the Challenge. “Arconic Foundation is excited to support and galvanize the efforts of these diverse communities, and we look forward to learning about the wins, challenges, and new ideas that come from this group of finalists.” The Challenge received 92 applications from 82 communities across 35 states, representing more than 1,800 nonprofit, companies, school districts, and local government partners. “It is clear by the national response that there is an interest and a need to increase STEM education opportunities for America’s youth. In order to ensure an economy and country of diverse thinkers and doers, we need to continue to shine a light on the STEM collaborations that are on the ground. We need to collectively lift up programs that are inspiring more students to become the next generation of change-makers,” said, Em McCann, Chief Executive Officer of Citizen Schools, the umbrella non-profit working to expand learning opportunities to underserved students across the country.

The finalists are:

Allendale, SC — Promise Zone Collaboration/SRS Community Reuse Organization Region

Atlanta, GA — United Way of Greater Atlanta

Idaho — Idaho STEM Action Center

Brooklyn, NY — Pratt Institute

Buffalo, NY — Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Partnership (ISEP)

Chicago, IL — Project Exploration

Cincinnati, OH — Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative

The Dalles, OR — Columbia Gorge STEM Hub

Colorado — Colorado STEM Coalition

Detroit, MI — Michigan Science Center

Downey, CA — Columbia Memorial Space Science Learning Center Foundation

Pittsburgh, PA — Remake Learning

South San Francisco, CA — California Academy of Sciences/Bay Area STEM Ecosystem

Socorro, NM — New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Washington, D.C — DC STEM Network

Finalists were evaluated based on their potential for impact, approach to partnership building, creative engagement strategies, and sustainability planning. Finalists will gather on January 31 for the STEM Collaboratory, a two-day workshop in Pittsburgh, PA, where they will be joined by STEM experts and creative community builders. The event will allow finalists to share, learn, and inspire one another to build local movements and bridge the opportunity gap.

Winners will be announced in Spring 2018. The $1 million in total prize value will be shared across eight winners and is comprised of financial, consulting, and staff support, including:

  •  Three $50,000 cash prizes
  •  Two full-time staff placements in five winning locations
  •  Access to US2020’s dynamic volunteer matching platform
  •  National visibility and communications opportunities with US2020 and its partners
  •  Measurement and evaluation tools and support
  •  Management consulting services from US2020 and external partners; and
  •  Membership in the US2020 Learning Network and national Community of Practice

In addition to Arconic Foundation, US2020’s work is supported by national investments from Amgen, Chevron, Discovery Communications, Genentech, Fidelity Investments, Tata Consultancy Services, and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Media Contacts

Megan Salgado — US2020 | 804.504.6385

About US2020

US2020, a division of Citizen Schools is working to dramatically scale the number of STEM professionals mentoring and teaching students through hands-on projects with a focus on serving underrepresented communities, especially girls, underrepresented minorities, and

low-income children. Through partnerships at the national level and coalitions at the local level, US2020 has built a network of more than 350 organizations in 13 cities actively working to scale the STEM mentoring field, to align the field on common metrics, and to advance a focus on quality. Learn more at

About Citizen Schools

Citizen Schools is a national nonprofit organization that partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for children in low-income communities. Citizen Schools mobilizes a team of AmeriCorps educators and volunteer “Citizen Teachers” to teach real-world learning projects and provide academic support, in order to help all students discover and achieve their dreams. Learn more at


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The Duke Endowment is Looking for Leaders in Philanthropy



The Duke Endowment is looking for motivated individuals for its 2018–2020 Fellowship Program. If you are someone who has demonstrated an interest in the nonprofit sector and who has exhibited leadership potential in your civic and/or professional life, this two-year, full-time assignment provides a unique development opportunity.

The deadline for submitting applications is Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at noon EST.



  • Past or current residents of North Carolina or South Carolina, or
  • Graduates of a college or university located in North Carolina or South Carolina
  • Have at least one to two years of work experience after obtaining an undergraduate degree, and/or have a graduate degree

For more information about the program and the application process, please visit us online. If you have additional questions, contact Gillian Small.


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