Upstate Headlines: Six Upstate Counties certified as Work Ready

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A collection of the top Upstate headlines for the week of December 29, 2014.

Six Upstate Counties certified as Work Ready– Almost half of South Carolina counties are now certified as Work Ready through the South Carolina Work Ready Communities (SCWRC) initiative. Mary-Kathryn Craft of the SC Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) said the initiative is a way for countries to show business a nationally recognized certification of work-force readiness…

Bon Secours Wellness Arena looking toward third phase– The Bon Secours Wellness Arena unveiled the results of phase two of its renovation projects this October and is putting on the finishing touches this month, arena officials said…

Big wins, big losses mark 2014 as one for the books– As 2014 dwindles down to days, Greenville County and the Upstate say goodbye to a year marked by victories and losses-from the overwhelming defeat of a local option sales tax to fund road repairs to a courtroom win by same-sex couples seeking to be legally married in the Palmetto State…

Homes away from home– With holiday trees, decorations and all of those presents- plus the in-laws sharing the air mattress- are you feeling a little cramped this season? Well, how about a solution beyond the standard hotel room?

Oconee hopeful with Michelin project– Oconee County voted to approve an incentive package for a potential Michelin North America development in the county worth at least $175 million in investment and 30 new full-time jobs within five years…

Anderson takes top spot in cool summer meetings locations– ConventionSouth magazine readers named Anderson as the top destination for “The South’s Cool Spots For Summer Meetings.” Greenville was eighth on the list of 12 locations…

A New Deal– iDrive aims to be the traditional auto dealer’s younger, cooler brother.    Ryan Alford doesn’t like to use the “D” word, but the iDrive car club is very much in the business of selling and buying cars. What online car seller iDrive wants, however, is to offer an experience and a price that keep people from ever confusing it with a traditional dealer…

Fresh Market coming to Mauldin– The Fresh Market has signed a lease for a store at the intersection of Woodruff and Feaster roads in Mauldin. The store, expected to open in the summer of 2015, would be the second one in Greenville County and eighth in South Carolina …

Whiskey Hotel may check in to Main Street– Plans have been submitted to the Greenville Design Review Board for a restaurant and bar named Whiskey Hotel located at 724 S. Main St…

Construction underway at Residences at Haywood– Construction has begun on a new 292-unit luxury apartment complex on Timmons Way, near the main Fluor Corp. campus off Haywood Road in Greenville…