Santee Cooper Blog

Workforce is Key to Economic Development


March 04, 2015   By Josh Kay in Economic Development
Economic development professionals, including us here at Santee Cooper , are always looking for ways to help promote South Carolina as a desirable place for industries to relocate. One of the ways we do this is by paying attention to what industries are looking for in a new location.

When an industry looks to relocate or expand its operations, it looks at several factors in the decision-making process. These site-selection factors are highlighted each year in a host of surveys and rankings like Area Development's survey of site selection consultants , Site Selection magazine's site selectors survey , and Business Facilities' Site Seekers' Guide .

 If you spend a moment to read these and the many other rankings and surveys, you will see that workforce is usually the top concern for industries looking to relocate or expand into an area. There are countless of stories of projects looking in locations across the U.S. that have passed on an area due to an... Continue Reading >>

Happy Anniversary to Me


February 25, 2015   By Jessica Yourko in Customer Care
On the fifth day of February 2001, I walked into a Santee Cooper retail office for the first time as an employee. As excited as I was to begin a new journey, I was scared to death of the challenges that I might face. Learning a new computer system, finding my way around, and educating myself on all of the volumes of policies and procedures were just some of things I feared most.

Over the years my position has changed, and it is only rarely that I find myself back where I started. Truth be told, the thing I miss the most is the people, the customers … YOU! I miss building relationships, hearing how your families are doing and just sharing a simple "hello." I just miss serving our customers face to face.

While times are changing and more and more of our customers want to do business with us over the phone or online, Santee Cooper still provides walk-in locations for those of you who still like to see a friendly face.

Spread across Horr... Continue Reading >>

A chilling reminder


February 18, 2015   By Susan Mungo in Reduce The Use
On Groundhog Day , which weather predictor do you tend to go with: Punxsutawney Phil or General Beauregard Lee ? During the first week of February it seemed the woodchuck weatherman from Atlanta had nailed it when he did not see his shadow and called for an early spring. However, this week has been a totally different story and has me thinking Phil from Pennsylvania may have been on to something when he called for six more weeks of winter. It has not only been cold but also windy and even a little icy in places.

To this South Carolina born and bred girl, it has felt very much like winter is settling in for a spell.

It may be cold outside, but I do not let the chill follow me inside. In fact, one of the first things I do when I get home in the evening is put on my favorite sweats and fuzzy socks. It's amazing not only how comfortable I am, but how warm and toasty the socks and sweatshirt make me feel. At Santee Cooper we offer many tips like this to help... Continue Reading >>

Saying "see ya later" to incandescent bulbs


February 11, 2015   By Nicole Aiello in Reduce The Use
We like to talk around here about the ways we can help customers save energy, and ultimately money, on their monthly electric bills. One of the quickest and easiest ways to do that is by changing the way you think about lighting.

Switching to energy-efficient lighting like CFLs and LEDs is an extremely easy and effective way to save energy. It's time to say "sayonara," "see ya later" and "so long" to those incandescent bulbs. 

I admit I've been reluctant to let go of my old-school incandescents. There's something comforting about them, probably because that's what I've traditionally had in my house from the time I was a child until the not so distant past. Really, though, there's no good reason to hold on to those energy-hungry bulbs when there are so many better options.

For the residential customers in city of Georgetown, we're making it even easier to let go of your traditional light bulbs. Santee Cooper and Georgetown's Electric Ut... Continue Reading >>

Your guide to Santee Cooper Country


February 02, 2015   By Willard Strong in Santee Cooper Lakes
If you ever get the urge to pack up and "head to Santee" for day trip, weekend or week-long vacation, one basic question might come to mind: How to begin planning a trip to enjoy the many recreational opportunities on lakes Marion and Moultrie?

You're in luck because if you don't know already about it, there's a tremendous resource available that offers a lot about the five counties (Berkeley, Calhoun, Clarendon, Orangeburg, Sumter) surrounding the lakes. It's the Santee Cooper Counties Promotion Commission , one of 11 regional tourism commissions statewide. They're commonly known as "Santee Cooper Country."

Every year they publish the "Santee Cooper Country Visitors' Guide," and the 54-page 2015 version was recently released in booklet form (free) or online at www.santeecoopercountry.org . It's packed with information including 45 destinations or businesses on or near the Santee Cooper Lakes.

Topics include fishing, golfing, hunting, dinin... Continue Reading >>

Beating the drum for more jobs


January 29, 2015   By Kevin F. Langston in Economic Development
Santee Cooper has always considered economic development a critical component of our mission to be the state's leading resource for improving the quality of life for the people of South Carolina. Looking back on 2014, it was another banner year for these efforts.

We loaned $25.8 million to help advance economic development projects throughout the state as part of a new loan initiative we launched in 2012 to help build facilities and other commerce infrastructure to attract industry and jobs. Our board of directors also approved two site-readiness grant pools totaling $42.5 million to further help industry recruitment endeavors.

Specifically, the South Carolina Power Team Site Readiness Fund will award grants totaling up to $6 million a year for high-value projects in areas served by the state's electric cooperatives . Conjunctively, the new $2.5 million a year Santee Cooper Municipal Site Readiness Fund will offer grants for high-value projects in munici... Continue Reading >>