Bill Prokop

15 Nov City Manager Report November 8

City Manager remarks to City Council November 8, 2016   I want to thank again Hargray Communications and MASC for the grants we have been awarded ($150,000 and $25,000) to benefit the City’s economic development efforts with the establishment of the Beaufort Digital Corridor. These grants are a big step forward for us and shows the public that your desire to invest in the future is very much supported by the outside world. Also, a thank you to you the City Council for having the vision and willingness to back our economic...

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15 Nov YLOB participate in Riverview’s Empty Bowls Project

Last week the Young Leaders of Beaufort, a group of 7th and 8th graders, and Mayor Billy joined Riverview Charter School students in an international grassroots effort to raise money and awareness - The Empty Bowls Project. Together, students teamed up with Stop Hunger Now and packaged 40,000 meals to feed hungry children in Haiti! YLOB meet monthly to learn about civic engagement, leadership and team building.  ...

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15 Nov Fire heavily damages Black Chamber of Commerce structure in downtown Beaufort Saturday

NEWS RELEASE Nov. 12, 2016  Contact: Fire Chief Reece Bertholf, 843-754-9144  Fire heavily damages Black Chamber of Commerce structure in downtown Beaufort Saturday  Blazing fire heavily damaged the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce structure at 711 Bladen Street in downtown Beaufort early Saturday morning, Nov. 12, and the cause of the fire remained under investigation.  The three-story building was under construction and was nearing completion but wasn’t occupied. No one was injured in the fire, including emergency responders. Traffic remained blocked Saturday at the site of the fire at Bladen and Duke streets.  Investigators from...

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15 Nov South Carolina Survivors Have 30 Days to Apply for Disaster Assistance

Hurricane Matthew | DR-4286-SC NEWS RELEASE 028 For Immediate Release State Joint Information Center 803-737-8515 | Social: @SCEMD SCEMD: 803-737-8500 FEMA NEWS DESK: 803-714-1412 South Carolina Survivors Have 30 Days to Apply for Disaster Assistance COLUMBIA, S.C. (Monday, Nov. 14) – Just one month remains for Hurricane Matthew survivors in South Carolina to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and submit loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The last day for survivors to register for federal disaster assistance is Tuesday, December 13. Survivors can apply online at or by phone...

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15 Nov Is Drilling in the Atlantic Dead?

By banding together about thirty Mayors and Councils from Deleware and thousands of businesses along the coast, we won  the fight to remove the South Atlantic coast from the Administration's five year plan and now is the time to remove it from all plans. Seismic Testing and Drilling for oil and gas just does not make sense environmentally nor financially for states and communities who have invested billions of dollars creating the infrastructure than created tourism businesses along our pristine coast. Last week I was asked to participate in a national radio news...

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15 Nov Tech Workers in Charleston Incomes Up!

Beaufort residents will learn and prosper from Charleston's Lessons and Successes. "Tech workers, a recent survey found, are making an average of $88,066 a year, compared to $65,980 last year." In Charleston they started with a small city owned building and now they are a private non-profit with three centers that comprise the Charleston Digital Corridor. With their guidance, supervision and support and with grant funding from Hargray Communications, The Municipal Association of SC and Beaufort County Council, the Beaufort Digital Corridor will soon offer inspiration, technical training and an environment where like minded...

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15 Nov Join Reconstruction Monument meeting this Wednesday

 Reconstruction Monument Update Having received endorsements from about thirty local, state and national historical organizations, the effort to encourage President Obama to use the Antiquities Act to establish the Penn School Reconstruction Era (multi-site) monument is moving forward since the deadline for a recommendation from the Secretary of the Interior is nearing. There will be an informational meeting at Penn Center on Wednesday, November 16 at Frissell Hall at 6:00pm. If you are interested, please join the Penn Center and Brick Church leadership along with Mayor Sam Murray and me. If you are not...

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15 Nov Congratulations Mike and Welcome Nan

The election of Nan Brown Sutton and the re-election of Mayor Pro Tem Mike McFee bring continuity and creativity to City Council and the City Redevelopment Commission on which Council members serve along with non elected officials. Both have a great love for our special hometown. Both celebrate civility. Both are consensus builders which is important for a well functioning  City Council. I am expecting a very productive 2017 on Beaufort City Council. Thank you voters for selecting the best of the three very competent and qualified candidates....

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08 Nov Author Margaret Pickett at Beaufort County Historical Society – Nov. 10

To:     BCHS membership and Media E lists From: ML Brewton           912-604-3634 Press Release for Immediate Release Beaufort County Historical Society- Margaret Pickett-Eliza Lucas Pinckney-- Noon-Thursday, Nov. 10, Beaufort, SC:  Beaufort County Historical Society is pleased to have Margaret F. Pickett discuss her newest book, Eliza Lucas Pinckney-Colonial Plantation Manager and Mother of American Patriots- 1722-1793.   The Fall meeting will be at Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club on Ladys Island, Beaufort, SC, Thursday, Nov. 10th at noon. Please RSVP if you will be bringing a cotton tee shirt or scarf to dye with...

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