Morning, COLA. We got an insider updatefrom Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) Executive Director Mike Gula on how the airport is doing + what air travel looks like right now. Want to share your voice in an upcoming newsletter? Learn moreabout contributing to COLAtoday.
American Airlines plane boarding at CAE | Photo via Columbia Metropolitan Airport on Facebook
2019 proved to be the best year Columbia Metropolitan Airport had seen in over a decade. With 1.3 million+ passengers traveling through the airport, air cargo on the rise, terminal updates taking place + strong community engagement, CAE was cruising on all cylinders.
But – like all industries worldwide – aviation was hit unbelievably hard by COVID-19. To say this season has been a devastating one would be an understatement. The stats have been staggering: ○ In April, all air travel worldwide was down 95%. ○ Business travel is currently down 90%. ○ Globally, the aviation industry has lost $84billion since March.
For CAE: ○ Parking revenue is down 57%. ○ Airline revenue is down 31%. ○ Tenant revenue (read: rental cars, retail + concessions) is down 30%. ○ CAE is projected to close out the year with only 246,000 enplanements + lose $8 million in revenue.
The Columbia community has proven time and time again to be resilient, and we will bounce back from the effects of COVID-19.
For those considering flying again, CAE needs you now more than ever. And rest assured, we’ve done everything we can to make your trip as safe as possible: ○ increased sanitization measures ○ free masks for travelers ○ PlexiGlass barriers at ticket counters ○ distance markers throughout the airport
Flying is not only safe – it supports one of the area’s largest economic engines. When you’re ready, we’ll be ready to get Columbia back to flying + back to business. 🌎
– Mike Gula, Executive Director of Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) Ⓟ
Award ○ Historic Columbiaannounced the recipients of its 2020 Preservation Awards. Award recipients are selected for the accomplishments of local property owners, architecture professionals and community leaders who champion preservation. View all the awards and recipients from 2019 + 2020 here.
ComingSoon ○ Another Broken Egg Cafewill open the first Columbia location on Mon., Sept. 14 at 4600 Devine St. The new brunch restaurant will be open 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. daily + reservations can be made here. 🍳 (CRBR)
State ○ South Carolina Department of Transportation is now usingClearRoute, a modern traveler information system – which features new technology to include Waze. Users of SC511 can now utilize both application features including the best-available route, weather integration and more. 🚗(Metro Columbia CEO)
Politics ○ The runoff election for the vacant Richland County Council District 9 seat will take placeon Sept. 22.Both Jonnieka Farr + Jessica Mackey received 30% of the vote, but not the majority. (WLTX)
Biz ○ ACRE Commercialannounced that it has opened its first SC office in Columbia, specializing in full-service commercial real estate services. ACRE Commercial was founded in 2015 in Orlando and is the only female-owned and operated boutique brokeragecompany in the area to date.
Civic ○ Richland County Voter Registration and Election Office is searching for more poll workers for the upcoming election on Nov. 3. The goal is to have 1,800 poll workers available for 12 hours on election day, currently the office has 1,100 confirmed. If you are interested in becoming a poll worker, more information on the requirements + application can be found here. (WLTX)
Cause ○ Columbia Urban League’s Young Professionalswill host a Census food voucher drive-thru on Sat., Sept. 12 from 1-3 p.m.,in partnership with the City of Columbia Complete Count Committee, Food Share SC and Secure the Ballot. The event will be in the Dutch Square parking lot in front of Office Depot, located at 421 Bush River Rd. The first 100 people that attend + complete the census will receive the voucher for a fresh fruits and vegetables box from Food Share SC. (Midlands Biz)
Asked ○ We’re asking for your help to shape the future of COLAtoday. We’ve launched a Reader Feedback Survey to help us better understand who you (our readers) are + what you would like to see in COLAtoday. It takes just a few minutes to complete – and, you can enter to win $100 just for participating. Click here to take the survey.
ForParents ○We’re not crying, you’re crying. Or you probably *will* be when you see these “welcome home, daddy” shirts. 😭 Ⓟ
Edu ○ Families who are virtual-learning or working can live, work + learn on Kiawah Island this fall.Kiawah Island Golf Resort is offering several outdoor learning opportunities now through Nov. 25. Opportunities include fun, hands-on experiences, nature tours in native habitats, recreational activities + educational programs – all designed to improve brains, bodies + moods (while maintaining safe social distancing). 🐬Ⓟ
Event ○ femmeSOCIAL Hour | Thurs., Sept. 10 | 5-7 p.m. | Hampton Street Vineyard | Free for members, $15 for non-members | Happy hour with first round on HSV + an interactive floral demo by Poppy Co. 💐 ○ Low Country Boil Night on the Farm | Thurs., Sept. 10 | 6 p.m & 8:30 p.m. | Farm to Table | $45 | A casual way to have a good night out. Relax with live music, great food + a cash bar. ○ Virtual Trivia Night: The Graphic Eye | Thurs., Sept. 10 | 6:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Test your eyes with this art inspired trivia night hosted by SCSM. Registration through SCSM’s website. 🎨
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
Beware of bears at Rosewood Market. Don’t worry, there is no immediate danger unless you have a sweet tooth. The Honey Bear mural by Christine Lutfy, AKA @phunkyartz, is dripping with sweetness and ready for you to share.
Feeling like spreading some extra sweetness yourself?Share a photo of the new mural on Instagram to receive a free Lenny Boy’s Organic Kombucha. Don’t forget to tag @rosewoodmarketsc and use the hashtags #rosewoodmarketsc + #spreadingsweetness so they don’t miss it.
#DYK that your photo could be featured in our newsletter? Just use #COLAtoday on social media.
○ Yesterday morning, Gov. Henry McMaster announced the state’s plan to use SCETV’s television signal to deliver school lessons to students without broadband internet access through a process called datacasting. The plan is intended to broaden accessibility until broadband access can be expanded across the state. (WLTX)
○ Lexington County Library has reopened its Lexington Main, Irmo and Cayce-West Columbia locations with limited hours for browsing, computers by appointment and mobile printing. Those who visit will have their temperatures taken at the door + will be required to wear a face mask at all times.
○ Richland School District Two resumedfree meals for students earlier this week. Meals are available through eight curbside pickup locations and four bus routes. Find more location and time information here. (Cola Daily)
○ DHEChas launched a new COVID-19 pledge project, Stay SC Strong, to encourage the business community to practice safe habits during the pandemic. When businesses sign the pledge, they’ll receive a social media graphic announcing their pledge to fight COVID-19.
○ The annual Economic Outlook Series held by UofSC’s Darla Moore School of Business will take placeSept. 20 and Nov. 30 as live streaming events this year. Find more information and register for the events here. (CRBR)
Click the button below for local resources regarding the coronavirus.
Since September is Self-Care Awareness Month, here are 6 reasons to consider trying super comfy but still cuteLIVELY bras:
1. 70% are wire-free.See you never, pokey wires. 2. Function, but make it fashion.Front adjusters, back j-hooks, no wires, lace details. 3. Save with Bundles.Snag 2 bras for $60, 3 for $80, or 3 bras + 3 undies for $105.
Use code 6AM to get 15% off your first purchase. Ⓟ