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SPARTANBURG Live. Work. Play.

Located in picturesque upstate South Carolina, Spartanburg is a city with a friendly and inviting atmosphere. From its quaint and historical downtown to its diverse business community, “Sparkle City” enchants residents and visitors alike. It was rated the top South Carolina city to live in by Bert Sperling’s “Cities Ranked and Rated” in 2007. Spartanburg truly is a great place to live, work and play.

Spartanburg residents are fortunate enough to have easy access to both beaches and mountains. In the past decade, downtown Spartanburg has undergone an impressive transformation, including the renovation of several historic buildings and the relocation of many businesses and restaurants. The worldwide headquarters of Extended Stay Hotels and Denny’s restaurants are now located downtown.

View from historic Morgan Square, featuring famed statue of Daniel Morgan and clock tower, originally dedicated in 1881.

LIVE ... There are many advantages to living in Spartanburg. Parents of schoolaged children can take comfort in the fact that all seven of the county’s school districts have had a long-standing tradition of excellence. Several private institutions including Spartanburg Day School and Oakbrook Preparatory School have created positive reputations for themselves through specialized teaching methods and smaller classroom sizes. There are also six institutes of higher education in the area, including Wofford College, Converse College, and The University of South Carolina Upstate. Converse Heights and Hampton Heights are two historic neighborhoods in the city of Spartanburg. Converse Heights began to develop as early as 1907. Hampton Heights was founded in the 1880’s and is a National Register of Historic Places district. These neighborhoods boast large homes and are conveniently located within minutes of downtown. The Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System is another reason residents are proud to call Spartanburg home. Spartanburg Regional and Mary Black Hospital are state-of-the-art facilities that offer the best in healthcare. Spartanburg is serviced by two airports, The Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport and Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport, which is operated by the city. Longtime residents and newcomers alike are proud to call Spartanburg home due to its unique blend of people, places and attractions.

The Spartanburg County Public Library was relocated to this elaborate downtown facility in 1997 after outgrowing its orginal home on South Pine Street. It is home to the Kennedy room of local history and hosts many community events throughout the year. One of the many visually stunning homes located in the historic neighborhood of Hampton Heights.

WORK ... Spartanburg is home to the worldwide headquarters of Milliken & Company. Milliken is an industry leader in textile and chemical manufacturing and has been repeatedly named one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” by Fortune Magazine. Shown here is the beloved fountain at the Milliken plant on the outskirts of Spartanburg. Many residents not only work at Milliken, but also enjoy a sunny weekend afternoon by the fountain with their families.

•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• In September 1994, the first BMW built in the United States rolled off the assembly line at the Spartanburg plant. This plant is the only full manufacturing facility outside of Germany and has created jobs for many residents. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Part of Spartanburg’s downtown renovation included the building of QS/1 Data Systems headquarters. This company provides products, services and support to healthcare providers through the development of software and hardware packages specific to the healthcare community. The QS/1 building is a new focal point of downtown Spartanburg.

PLAY ... The Carolina Panthers training camp is held at Wofford College every July and August. Players and coaches are available to sign autographs and answer questions between practices, The Arts Partnership of Greater making the training camp a Spartanburg proudly opened the cherished annual event for football Chapman Cultural Centerand in October fans in Spartanburg beyond. 2007. The three building campus is home to the Spartanburg Art Museum gallery and hosts many cultural events for Spartanburg residents. The Spartanburg Little Theatre and Youth Theatre have offices at the Chapman Center as well as Ballet Spartanburg. This facility is a true community center that brings people together through a mutual appreciation of the arts.

The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg proudly unveiled the Chapman Cultural Center in October 2007. The three-building campus is home to Ballet Spartanburg, The Spartanburg Youth and Little Theatres, The Music Foundation of Spartanburg and the Spartanburg Art Museum. Chapman Cultural Center functions as a true community center by bringing residents together through a mutual appreciation of the arts.

Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve is a unique attraction for Spartanburg residents and visitors to explore. It is a 10-acre public garden with no admission fee. The garden features wildlife, walking trails and ponds and is a favorite spot for picnics.

The Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium has been called “The Showplace of the South.� It has featured musicians like Dave Matthews in a more intimate setting than a huge concert venue and also draws staggering crowds for such shows as Sesame Street Live. Broadway shows, comedy acts and celebrity speakers are also showcased at the Memorial Auditorium throughout the year.

Spartanburg :: Live. Work. Play.  

An informational guide to the city of Spartanburg, South Carolina.

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