SC business notebook, April 17

April 17, 2013 

Leadership summit set Tuesday

The Leadership Columbia Alumni Association will host its annual Leadership Summit, Conference and 40th Anniversary Alumni Reception from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday at The Palmetto Club, 1231 Sumter St., Columbia. Education sessions will be offered on nonprofit leadership, civic leadership and professional development. Speakers include Bernie Dunlap, Columbia native and president of Wofford College, and Linda Salane, a University of South Carolina graduate and executive director of the Leadership Institute at Columbia College.

New home community opens

Blue Ribbon Builders and ERA Wilder Realty recently opened sales in a new home community in Lexington. The Manors at White Knoll is off of Platt Springs Road, less than five miles from I-20, and is in the Lexington 1 school district. Prices in the community start above $180,000. Blue Ribbon is a third-generation family-owned home builder in Georgia and South Carolina. Christina Scott, ERA Wilder’s Lexington office broker,

Boeing 787 still under microscope

The Federal Aviation Administration is reviewing the Boeing 787’s certification to fly up to three hours’ distance away from the nearest airport, raising the possibility that the jet’s routing may be constrained once the grounding of the fleet is lifted. If that occurs, it will damage the plane’s reputation further and could curtail the planned operations of certain airlines that want to take full advantage of the jet’s ultra-long range. FAA chief Michael Huerta said that his technical team is examining the results of Boeing’s tests on its redesigned lithium-ion battery system. He said a decision on when to allow the jets back in the air would come “very soon.”

Kristy Eppley Rupon and The Seattle Times contributed.

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