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gsSCENE Goes to the Capitol! (Recap)

Feb 2, 2012

On Tuesday January 31st, several gsSCENE members along with the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce attended the Legislative Reception in Columbia. The reception was sponsored by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, Coastal Carolina University, & Horry Georgetown Technical College.

The day started off with a tour of the State House following a historical State House video in its Auditorium. A timeline of the State House’s history:

• Charleston was the original capital of South Carolina and home to the first State House in 1753.

• In 1786, the capital of South Carolina was moved to Columbia (Columbia is known as the center most part of the state).

• In 1790 the second State House was constructed in Columbia.

• In 1865 the State House in Columbia was destroyed by a fire.

• It wasn’t until 1888 that constructed began again on the State House.

• The current site of the State House was completely renovated in 1998 and is earthquake proof.

During the tour, folks had the pleasure of visiting both the Senate & House of Representatives Chambers in the State House. Horry County and Myrtle Beach are well represented in the South Carolina Senate & House. Lobbyist Mark Kelly of Myrtle Beach spoke to group in the chambers of the House of Representatives. Afterward, everyone headed to the Columbia Clarion Hotel & Conference Center for the Legislative Reception. All members of the South Carolina Senate & House of Representatives were in attendance. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley & Lieutenant Governor Ken Ard were also on the guest list. During the reception everyone enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and most of all connected with every member of the South Carolina Legislators.

“The experiences during this event are second to none and I was very much honored to be part of such a great event and learn so much about the state in which I live.”

-By Donald Hovis, gsSCENE member (Springmaid Beach Resort)