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The Business Council For International Understanding Appoints James E. Nevels As New Chair Of The Board, Susan C. Schwab As Director | News

NEW YORK, June 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU), a non-profit business organization dedicated to forging relationships and promoting dialogue between business and government leaders across the globe, announced today that it has elected James E. Nevels as a director and as Chair of the Board.  “I feel incredibly privileged to take over this role at a pivotal time in our society, and I am honored to help foster mutually beneficial relationships between leaders all around the world,” said Nevels. “The BCIU member network enables growth opportunities by facilitating connections and offering strategic expertise that will undoubtedly transform the next era of international trade and investment, and I’m excited to be a part of that.” In addition to electing Mr. Nevels as a director and Chair, the board also appointed Ambassador Susan C. Schwab, Jeffery B. Kratz, and Kara Carscaden as new

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Tina Herbert strongly considering Columbia City Council run

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Tina Herbert spent plenty of time at Columbia City Hall in her former role as the director of the city’s Office of Business Opportunities.

Now it appears she may look for a return to City Hall in a policy-making role.

Herbert, an attorney, told The State she is strongly considering a run for Columbia City Council in District 1. That seat in the largely African American district in north Columbia has been held by Councilman Sam Davis for 23 years. However, Davis announced recently he would not be seeking reelection this year.

There are a host of seats up in this year’s Nov. 2 municipal election, including mayor, an at-large post, District 1 and District 4. Filing for the elections is expected to be in August.

Herbert said she would likely make a formal announcement about her Council intentions in the spring. However, she was clear that

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Businessman Thomas Lee seeks seat on Chattanooga City Council

Local business owner and longtime Chattanooga resident Thomas Lee is running for the District 2 City Council seat to provide an even playing field for all residents, he said.

According to a release, Lee, co-founder of Goodhew LLC, has successfully built a range of businesses employing hundreds of people, volunteers with multiple nonprofits, and has raised three children in the Scenic City, but it’s his love for Chattanooga that makes this businessman with zero political experience ready to bring legitimate solutions to the challenges Chattanooga faces.

“I have watched all of city politics over the years with interest and I really felt like we’re at a point where it made a lot of sense for me to bring my experience and enthusiasm for Chattanooga and take a run at city council,” said Lee, a Memphis native who has lived in the district for more than two decades. “As a city

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Could Atwater be a ‘sanctuary city’ for business amid COVID-19? Council to consider idea

The City of Atwater is considering becoming a sanctuary city — but not in the way you may think.

City Council on Monday discussed how Atwater could be a sanctuary city for small businesses to operate amid state-mandated closures during the coronavirus pandemic.

It was Councilmember Brian Raymond who floated the idea, which appears to have gotten some traction. A special meeting will now be held Friday at 12 p.m. in the Atwater City Council chambers regarding a sanctuary city resolution, City Manager Lori Waterman said.

“We can have a sanctuary city for illegals, a sanctuary city for anything,” Raymond said. “Why don’t we become a sanctuary city for small business?”

Raymond told the Sun-Star he got the idea after speaking to a friend prior to attending the City Council meeting. He had been thinking about additional ways to protect small businesses after County Supervisor Daron McDaniel’s idea to declare

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