Canadian conference in Myrtle Beach could lead to business opportunities - Canadian conference in Myrtle Beach could lead to business opportunities -

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Canadian conference in Myrtle Beach could lead to business opportunities -

Canadian conference in Myrtle Beach could lead to business opportunities -

Canada and the Grand Strand have a long history - there’s already the annual Canadian-American Days Festival that’s been held here for half a century - but being known as a place where Canadians and their businesses can also do business has been a goal local leaders have had for years, having a business conference as part of the annual Can-Am festival a couple of times years ago.

“We want to highlight that dimension of the Grand Strand,” said Rice, noting that the area has a lot to offer, with 14 million visitors a year, two colleges - Coastal Carolina University and Horry Georgetown Technical College - to provide a trained workforce, natural resources and a growing resident population.

“The goal is to create jobs, more stable, high-paying jobs,” Rice said.

Rice said the Canadian conference is one more step toward bringing in more businesses and creating those jobs.

Playing host to the conference this year will give the area a chance “to convince Canadians to look at Horry County for a business location,” said Brad Lofton, president and chief executive of the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corp., which is charged with luring jobs and businesses to Horry County. “Myrtle Beach tends to be a popular destination for Canadians. We’re looking forward to [the conference] and the hope is that we can change their mindset about the area. We’re going to begin the dialogue and hope they are receptive to our story and begin to grow that relationship.”

The EDC plans to have a networking golf game with eight companies Sunday morning and a drop-in reception, in partnership with the North Eastern Strategic Alliance economic development group, with about 50 people on Monday, said Kate MacArthur, the Myrtle Beach EDC’s director of marketing and existing industry.

Nora Battle, spokeswoman for the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, said it will be most of the conference attendees’ first time in Myrtle Beach.

The exposure is a “huge benefit for our area,” Battle said. “[The conference] is not necessarily the largest, but it is composed of leaders and decision makers in business and government. We hope it will help expand new business opportunities and our alliance.”

Rancho Santa Fe's Democratic Soft Money Queen Dating Al Gore, says Washington Post - San Diego weekly Reader

Over the years, we've reported on the very big money that longtime Rancho Santa Fe denizen Liz Keadle has given to a vast array of Democratic causes.

One of few liberal political donors in the traditionally Republican zip code of 92067, Keadle has contributed to Democrats from President Barack Obama to Senators Tom Harkin of Iowa, John Kerry of Massachusetts, and their onetime fellow Democrat Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, along with former Vice President Al Gore's failed 2000 presidential bid.

Keadle was formerly married to multi-millionaire biotech maven Lyle Turner of Invitrogen fame; when we first checked in on them in July 2002, the couple was comfortably ensconced in a "Las Montanas Street mansion with a four-car garage and a pool on about four acres."

"It is in Democratic soft money where Keadle, who lists her occupation as biochemist, really rules," we noted.

"On June 27, 2001, for instance, she gave $120,000 to the Democratic National Committee's building fund. In November, 2002, Keadle kicked in another $25,000 to the fund, and on March 27 of this year, yet another $100,000."

"The new 90,000-square-foot building has long been the dream of DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe, who has vowed to collect enough soft money to build it before the recently signed McCain-Feingold campaign finance law banning such contributions goes into effect November 6.

"Both Republicans and Democrats have filed lawsuits challenging the soft money restrictions, but both are racing to collect as much money as they can in case the legal challenges fail."

Keadle was also pitched to help pay for a 2007 appearance by Al Gore at UCSD promoting his anti-global warming book, "An Inconvenient Truth."

"Of course, a chauffeured car was also necessary, but not just any old limo would do for the self-styled king of green," we reported at the time, citing the former vice president's deal memo with the university.

"The car will be a sedan, NOT an SUV," the memo said. "In addition, sponsor will make best effort to use [a] hybrid car for Vice-President Gore's transportation in the city of engagement."

Earlier this week, the Washington Post's Reliable Source column reported that Keadle, who has been divorced from Turner for some time, is currently Gore's main squeeze.

"The relationship is solid enough that she accompanied Gore, 64, and an eclectic group of experts and VIPs (Richard Branson, singer Jason Mraz, actor Tommy Lee Jones) on a trip to Antarctica in January to raise awareness of climate change," the Post reported earlier this week.

Added the paper: "Although sources close to Gore say she was not a factor in his split from Tipper, it appears they’ve moved in the same circles for years."

The Post also reviews Keadle's romantic ties to a young Democrat who once took on a GOP congressman here.

"After her marriage to Turner ended, Keadle was in a relationship with Nick Leibham, a young San Diego lawyer who in 2008 sought to unseat longtime Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.).

"Leibham lost, but his strong upstart campaign was boosted with an appearance by none other than Al Gore at one of his fundraisers. (Leibham declined to comment.) That same year, Keadle was one of California’s electors in the electoral college."

And what has become of her ex-husband? It hasn't been updated in a while, but Turner has maintained a website telling about his post-Invitrogen life's journey, saying he has gone "walkabout."

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