12 episodes

So, what's The Buzz with Burnie?
The man, the myth, the South Carolina legend - Burnie Maybank wears many hats, economic development pro among them. Join us each week as Burnie and co-host Kara Gormley Meador talk to industry experts from all sectors & corners of the Palmetto State (and beyond!).
And, don’t worry, we’ll get to the bees. Alright? Alright.

The Buzz with Burnie | an Economic Development Podcast The Buzz with Burnie

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So, what's The Buzz with Burnie?
The man, the myth, the South Carolina legend - Burnie Maybank wears many hats, economic development pro among them. Join us each week as Burnie and co-host Kara Gormley Meador talk to industry experts from all sectors & corners of the Palmetto State (and beyond!).
And, don’t worry, we’ll get to the bees. Alright? Alright.

    Episode 11 - Ed McMullen, United States Ambassador to Switzerland & Liechtenstein

    Episode 11 - Ed McMullen, United States Ambassador to Switzerland & Liechtenstein

    Burnie and Kara catch up with a friend abroad - United States Ambassador to Switzerland & Liechtenstein Ed McMullen. Ed, a South Carolina local, began working with the Trump administration during the 2016 election as the Trump campaign lead in the Palmetto State. The trio chat about the impact of COVID-19 on Switzerland and, more broadly, Europe, as well as the status of international countries reopening for business and tourism. Burnie was also curious about what European businesses really think about American closures and precautions due to COVID-19, and how it could impact the possibility of re-shoring, especially in South Carolina. Tune in for all that, plus MUCH more - this was a fun one!

    • 23 min
    Episode 10 - Lilyn Hester, Head of Southeast Public Affairs, Google

    Episode 10 - Lilyn Hester, Head of Southeast Public Affairs, Google

    Burnie and Kara sat down with Lilyn Hester, the Head of Southeast Public Affairs for tech giant Google. Lilyn - and Google - are no strangers to South Carolina. They've been a community partner in the Lowcountry for over a decade, and Lilyn and her team have gotten ahead of issues like lack of access to rural broadband or basic health care. Lilyn explains the innovative ways Google has been serving the greater-Berkeley County community,  and much more..

    • 23 min
    Episode 9 - Jonathan Yarborough, Director of Government Affairs & Economic Development, Dominion Energy

    Episode 9 - Jonathan Yarborough, Director of Government Affairs & Economic Development, Dominion Energy

    Kara & Burnie sat down with Jonathan Yarborough, who oversees government affairs and economic development for Dominion Energy, one of South Carolina's largest energy providers. Prior to going in-house with Dominion, Jonathan began his econ dev career with the S.C. Department of Commerce; he's also no stranger to the famed Edisto Honey Harvests.. Listen in as the trio talk all things energy, Dominion's COVID-19 response, community involvement and giving, plus MUCH more! 

    Find out more about applying for grants through the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation: https://www.dominionenergy.com/company/community/dominion-energy-charitable-foundation/apply-for-a-grant 

    • 22 min
    Episode 8 - Barbara Melvin, COO, South Carolina Ports

    Episode 8 - Barbara Melvin, COO, South Carolina Ports

    Burnie + Kara spoke with Barbara Melvin, Chief Operating Officer for South Carolina Ports, about the impact of COVID-19 on global trade and supply chain, as well as the local impact on all ports in the Palmetto State. They also look beyond coronavirus, discussing the port's long-term expansion and investment plans (like the Leatherman Terminal & Jasper Ocean Terminal projects), and much, much more.

    • 21 min
    Episode 7 - Ted Pitts, President + CEO, SC Chamber of Commerce

    Episode 7 - Ted Pitts, President + CEO, SC Chamber of Commerce

    Burnie & Kara caught up with South Carolina Chamber of Commerce President + CEO Ted Pitts on a number of things about the impact of COVID-19 on South Carolina's economy and getting the Palmetto state back to work. We spoke about the impact of the shutdowns (from schools to businesses, was it worth it, from a business perspective?), how we get the state's economy moving again, his involvement in the Accelerate SC task force, and more. 

    • 21 min
    Episode 6 - Gregg Robinson, Orangeburg County Development Corporation + QM Group

    Episode 6 - Gregg Robinson, Orangeburg County Development Corporation + QM Group

    Burnie and Kara dive into a local developer's perspective in Episode 6 with Gregg Robinson, Executive Director at Orangeburg County Development Commission. AND - we're joined by special guests Mike Newman with QM Group and Robert Ferguson with ExxonMobil, sharing how QM is adjusting production to combat COVID-19 and announcing a new partnership with ExxonMobil. 

    • 21 min

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