The group Envision South Carolina wants to help the Palmetto State move beyond its problems in education, health and the economy to become world-class and globally connected.

The group is the brain child of Charleston businessman Phil Noble and is sponsored by the College of Charleston. It began by conducting interviews with prominent South Carolinians about what they think it would take to overcome the state’s challenges. Several of those interviews are now available to the public on the group’s website, including those with: Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; Josephine Humpreys, a novelist and educator: Maj. Gen. Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator; and Walter Edgar, retired University of South Carolina professor, author and storyteller.

The group plans to hold a celebration in the spring, and to then move forward with plans to implement the suggested changes.

Visit the group’s website at

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