Wylie architect named partner at firm
CHARLOTTE After more than a decade on The Green, architectural and interiors firm ai Design Group has moved to the top floor of 330. S. Tryon St., in Charlotte, often referred to as the Chamber Building.
The 11-year-old company has also re-branded and promoted long-time employee Ryan Doherty of Lake Wylie to associate principal.
Doherty, who joined the firm in 2003, specializes in automotive retail design and manages the firm’s work for client, AAA. A registered architect and LEED-accredited professional, he holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture design from Clemson University and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from UNC Charlotte. Professional affiliations include the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, American Institute of Architects and United States Green Building Council.
“The office move was the perfect time to think about our next generation of leadership,” said Wes Jones, a founding principal of ai Design Group. “Ryan has been with us since the beginning so it’s been very rewarding to watch his talent develop and now welcome him as a partner in the firm.”
A new logo and website have also been developed. The logo of muted yellow and grey has been replaced with a more vibrant orange circle that communicates the firm’s energy, openness and collaborative spirit. The new website, launched this week, can be found at www.aidginc.com.
3 chamber events set for this week
ROCK HILL York County Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold the following events:• noon Aug. 27, Grassroots Luncheon at City Club, 140 E. Main St., Rock Hill. This open forum session is one of the first steps in creating the Competitiveness Agenda, the business community’s annual list of legislative priorities. It will begin with a legislative review from South Carolina Chamber staff before moving into an open discussion of legislative issues. Once the issues are defined and strategies are developed, the South Carolina Chamber works with legislative officials to create an environment to improve the business climate in the state.
• 9 a.m. Aug. 28, ribbon cutting ceremony at Roses Express, 727 Albright Road, Rock Hill. Originally opening in 1995 under the name Maxway, Roses Express is an apparel and hard goods store for the family.
• Allen Tate Realty and Texas Roadhouse host Chamber After Hours 5:30-7 p.m. Aug. 28 at Allen Tate’s newest office location, 2391 Dave Lyle Blvd., Rock Hill. The event will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate this business expansion.
For more information, visit yorkcountychamber.com.
Visitor spending increases in Charlotte region
CHARLOTTE The economic impact of tourism grew by 4.7 percent in 2013, with visitors infusing $4.6 billion in domestic spending into Mecklenburg County. Mecklenburg County represents nearly 23 percent of all travel expenditures in the state and is the No. 1 county in terms or travel spending, nearly 2.5 times the size of the next largest county. Wake County is second at $1.88 billion.
Visitor spending has seen a steady rise since 2009 and has grown by 39 percent, an average of 9.7 percent each year. More than 46,530 jobs are supported by the tourism industry in Mecklenburg County with a payroll of $1.51 billion. State and local tax revenues from travel to Mecklenburg County totaled $326 million, representing a $328 tax saving for every county resident.
In calculating the tourism spending in the Charlotte region, spending totaled more than $5.97 billion. This encompasses 10 counties in North Carolina and three in South Carolina outlined in the Charlotte Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Statewide, domestic visitors spend a record $20 billion in 2013, directly generating 198,270 jobs and nearly $4.6 billion in payroll income. North Carolina data was taken from the study “The Economic Impact of Travel on North Carolina Counties,” available at nccommerce.com. This study was prepared for the North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development by the U.S. Travel Association.
Retirement workshops set
ROCK HILL Family Trust Federal Credit Union will offer a free money management workshop series on retirement issues beginning Sept. 9 in Rock Hill.
The series, “Know Your Dough: Inspiring Financial Freedom” will be held 6:30-7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Manchester Meadows Soccer Complex. Estate Planning (Part I) will be the first topic presented Sept. 9. The speaker will be Mitchell Payne, estate planning and elder law attorney.
Registration is available at familytrust.org/knowyourdough, or call 803-326-2187.
Topics will include understanding wills, trusts and probate; incapacity and asset management; long term care planning; budgeting into retirement; and transitioning into Medicare.
Speakers will include Matt Griffin, Family Trust Investment Services consultant, and Audrey Burton, claims representative with Social Security Administration.
Participants will be entered to win prizes at each workshop.
Other workshops: Estate Planning (Part II): Oct. 14; Budgeting into Retirement: Nov. 11 ; and Transitioning into Medicare: Dec. 9.
Yoga studio opening in Pineville
PINEVILLE Thrive Yoga Fitness is hosting a grand opening celebration 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 13 at the studio, 600 Towne Centre Blvd.
There will be free classes all day with live entertainment, exhibits, vendors and food. Visit ithriveyoga.net.
York County visitors app available
ROCK HILL The Rock Hill/York County Convention & Visitors Bureau has launched its first mobile app: Visit York County, SC. It is available in the Apple Store for iPhone users and on Google Play for Android users.
Visit York County, SC is an eat, stay, and play app and was created to help visitors and residents find restaurants, places to stay, and things to see and do.
“York County, SC is an accessible, affordable and authentic destination, so we created the app with those things in mind,” said Sonja Burris, communications manager for the Rock Hill/York County CVB.
To promote the new app, the Rock Hill/York County CVB is holding a month-long Facebook photo contest for users who download the app.
Until Aug. 22, those who download the Visit York County, SC app can enter to win a Samsung tablet. The contest will include a photo scavenger hunt, in which participants must find the selected image within the app to be eligible to win.
Users may enter the contest via the Visit York County, SC Facebook page or the CVB website, visityorkcounty.com.
Farmers markets open• The Clover Farmers Market behind Clover Community Center, 120 Bethel St., is open 4-8 p.m. Tuesdays through fall, weather permitting. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Market at Inman Farms is open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through mid-October. Market vendors must meet homegrown and handmade product criteria. Nonprofits, Scouts and church groups are invited to participate with fundraisers. In addition to the weekly Saturday market, there will be a Midweek Market offered for a trial time from 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays this month. For more information or to register, call 803-207-6682 or visit inmanfarmsyorksc.webs.com.
• Rock Hill’s Old Town Farmers Market is open 5-8 p.m. Thursdays and 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays through Aug. 28 on Caldwell Street. Organizers have market memberships available. For information, visit onlyinoldtown.com/market.
Buy local with mobile app
ROCK HILL The York County Regional Chamber of Commerce announces a new buy-local partnership with Thanx Inc. to motivate people to support local businesses.
Thanx is a mobile application that connects businesses to customers and allows them to reward those customers with each return visit. Using the app, customers can flip through a list of all participating local merchants and track their progress toward available rewards. As new merchants join, customers will be alerted through their mobile device.
Each participating business will have access to a private merchant analytics dashboard through Thanx, which reveals insights and data on that individual business. York County retailers, restaurants and service providers can get started with Thanx by calling 803-324-7500.
Join Gaston networking program
GASTONIA The Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Prospects Pipeline meets at 4 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of the month at the chamber office, 601 W. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia.
Each participant has an allotted time to talk about their business and its value.
Register to attend at gastonchamber.com.