Business In Brief - December 1, 2007

Centurion development's ribbon-cutting Monday

TEGA CAY -- Centurion Partners will have a ribbon-cutting at 11 a.m. Monday to showcase their new retail development.

The retail center at 2435 S.C. 160 in Tega Cay primarily offers retail space. Refreshments will be served at the event, sponsored by the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, call (704) 895-2120 or visit

Wayne Patrick Hospice House to be dedicated

Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House and Hospice & Community Care will hold a ribbon-cutting at 5 p.m. Tuesday to dedicate the Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House.

The 16-room hospice house will be for terminally ill people who don't have support at home or need more medical attention than a caregiver can provide. The campus will have a 100-seat auditorium, a library, a free-standing chapel and five gardens.

The house is named for Wayne T. Patrick, former publisher of The Herald and community activist. Tuesday's event will be at the nonprofit agency's new location at 2275 India Hook Road, next to Catawba Animal Clinic.

For more information, call (803) 329-1500 or visit

Ed Zander resigns as Motorola CEO

CHICAGO -- Ed Zander is out as Motorola's chief executive after a roller-coaster four years that saw him oversee the cell-phone maker's Razr-led resurgence but ultimately bear blame for strategic gaffes and product whiffs that led to its steep decline.

The company's announcement Friday that Zander is resigning as CEO and that President and Chief Operating Officer Greg Brown will succeed him Jan. 1 produced little surprise and a muted reaction on Wall Street. Industry experts voiced skepticism the change will produce a turnaround unless accompanied by a new wave of top-selling phones and other mobile devices.

ConocoPhillips has plans for huge energy facility

JUNEAU, Alaska -- ConocoPhillips wants to build potentially the world's largest, most expensive energy facility -- a multibillion dollar gas pipeline running from Alaska's North Slope to Midwestern states.

The project, with a price tag of up to $42 billion, would be worth it, if it can help supply North American homes and businesses with heating fuel for years to come.

It's the first proposal in the state-sponsored competition for a pipeline to tap the rich fields where the industry has identified about 36 trillion cubic feet of proved reserves that could be shipped within the next 10 to 12 years.

Google to bid for prized piece of airwaves

SAN FRANCISCO -- Google confirmed its plans to bid for a prized piece of the airwaves in an upcoming government auction, further underscoring the Internet search leader's determination to shake up the wireless market and plumb more profits from mobile phones.

The company previously had signaled it might participate in the Federal Communications Commission auction scheduled to begin Jan. 24.

In a mild surprise, Google will enter the competition without a partner more experienced in the wireless industry.