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York County’s economic developer named to Top 50 list

David Swenson, York County’s director of economic development, has been named one of the top 50 economic developers in North America by Connect, a consulting agency that bridges the gap between economic developers and site consultants.

“The list of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers was developed as a way to acknowledge the work of these 50 economic development leaders and elevate the conversation around best practices in the industry,” said Ron Kitchens, managing partner of Consultant Connect.

Economic developers were chosen based on nominations by their colleagues in both the economic development industry and the site consultant community. Some of the selection factors included excellent practices, innovation and success in building the communities they serve.

Swenson will be part of an upcoming podcast, “From The Ground Up: North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers.”

For information about North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers, or to subscribe to the podcast, go to The podcast series is also available via iTunes by searching, From The Ground Up: North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers.

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Visit Charlotte

has named the


amusement park as its attraction of the year.

The announcement comes as Carowinds renovates the park from top to bottom as part of a $50 million multi-year upgrade.

This spring Carowinds will unveil Fury 325, the world’s tallest and fastest giga coaster. It will haul riders 325 feet high – 20 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty – before plunging them down an 81-degree drop at speeds up to 95 mph. Carowinds will now have two of the 10 tallest roller coasters in North America and a total of 14 roller coasters, a number topped by only three parks worldwide.

Kris Suita, the park’s first executive chef, was recently hired after 15 years as a working chef, including time at The Culinary Institute of America. Suita and his staff have been researching Carolinas cuisine to improve both the quality and selection of the park’s menu. His ideas range from wild boar ravioli of the mountains to Calabash seafood of the coast and, of course, barbecue.

Carowinds’ 2015 season will include opening for two weeks in the spring – March 28 to April 12 – when local schools have spring break.


Jim Paolone

, an

Edward Jones

financial adviser in Rock Hill, is now a limited partner in The Jones Financial Cos., the holding company for the St. Louis-based financial services firm.

Edward Jones currently employs nearly 40,000 associates. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the firm’s first partnership offering.

The Jones Financial Cos. was created in 1987 to enable the firm to expand into new business areas while allowing it to remain a partnership.

• The

Smile for a Lifetime

chapter has awarded three children a scholarship sponsored by

Thomas & Leitner Orthodontics

of Rock Hill. The scholarship provides full orthodontic treatment to children that serve their community, are excellent students and need financial assistance for treatment.

“The mission of Smile for a Lifetime is to create self-confidence, inspire hope and change the lives of children in our community in a dramatic way,” Dr. Tripp Leitner said. “The gift of a smile can do all of this for a deserving child who, in turn, can use this gift to better themselves and our community.”

To apply or nominate a child for a Smile for a Lifetime scholarship, go to The next deadline for applications is Feb. 1.