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PROVIDING “QUALITY HEALTH CARE FOR ALL PEOPLE� New Horizon Family Health Services has been serving Upstate South Carolina since 1992. With locations in Greenville, Greer, and Travelers Rest, we offer quality health care for anyone in need of a family doctor and medical home. Our years of experience and commitment to excellence have earned us the reputation of a trusted source of quality medical care and related services. Our medical staff provide primary medical, dental and behavioral health care to anyone in need of these services. We offer Our mission is to provide quality, a range of related health care services affordable, compassionate patient- including laboratory, pharmacy, preventive centered health care to improve the care services and management of chronic health of the communities we serve. medical conditions such as diabetes.

Greenville - Greer - Travelers Rest www.newhorizonfhs.org


AN AWARD THAT BENEFITS ALL OF US. At Pelham Medical Center, we’ve designed a facility our employees are committed to and where they feel empowered to excel. Our doctors, nurses and staff’s passion creates a higher quality of care for our patients. And that’s a win for all of us. Come see us at our best, call 864-530-6000 or visit PelhamMedicalCenter.com.

Congratulations to Pelham Medical Center’s Tony Kouskolekas for being selected as one of the 2017 “12 That Make A Difference” honorees.

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LETTER FROM 2018 CHAIRMAN SPONSOR INDEX SUCCESS STARTS HERE

8 AREA INFO 10 GREER’S AWARDS 12 BY THE NUMBERS 18 RESTAURANT SHOWCASE 22 FESTIVAL GUIDE 28 PROJECT KABOOM 32 MOVING OUR ECONOMY 38 STREETSCAPE 44 EDUCATION 48 HEALTHCARE

A PU B LI CAT I O N O F T H E G R E AT E R G R E E R C H A M B E R O F C O M M E R C E

KABOOM! With the announcement of Project Kaboom, Greer's future looks brighter than ever. PHOTO CREDIT Alex Reynolds/ASR Enterprises

To find out more about Project Kaboom and its implications on the City of Greer, turn to page 28.

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Stacie MBA Graduate

YOUR SUCCESS STARTS HERE IN GREER.

Bachelor, Graduate and Online Degrees Designed Just For You Going back to school doesn’t have to mean giving up your current job or moving away. North Greenville University’s — Greer Campus Programs — give you the opportunity to earn a degree and speed up your career, while you continue the life you already have. To learn more, call 864-663-0194 or visit ngu.edu/now.

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PRODUCED BY THE GREATER GREER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

111 Trade Street Greer, SC 29651 (864) 877-3131 GreerChamber.com DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING

Debbie Bateman DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION

Patty Cornelius DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP ENGAGEMENT

The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce has a long and generous history of serving the community. As we enter our 80th year with a clear and steadfast mission to champion economic prosperity for our members and the greater Greer community, we hope you will experience all that there is right here in Greer.

Nikki Crabtree DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Jodi Fortenberry DIRECTOR OF LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Greer continues to grow upon the momentum and passion of leaders past by strategically embracing new opportunities to be the intentional, collaborative force committed to meaningful partnerships, opportunities, service, and success. All of this would not be possible without the people of Greer who care deeply about our success as a community.

Lynn Pascazio PRESIDENT/CEO

Dr. Marjorie Dowd VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS

Katie Witherspoon

The unparalleled talent, passion, and commitment of the people of Greer are the collaborative unit that helps our community thrive. It is an honor to serve our Chamber and our community, and I look forward to what our 80th year will bring as, together, we live, work, play, and succeed in greater Greer. But don't just take my word for it, come and Experience Greer!

Mikelle Porter

2018 Chairman Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce

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INDEX 31 BMW Manufacturing Co. 13 Countybank 41 CresCom Bank 51 D&D Motors (back cover) 47 FCI Agency 51 Greenville Health System 21 Greenville Technical College 13 Greer Commission of Public Works 7 GSP International Airport 47 Inside the Design 15 Langley & Associates Architects 45 Laurenda’s Restaurant & Catering 35 Look Up Lodge Christian Camp 25 McCullough Properties / Greer Storage 25 Moore & Balliew Oil Co. 2 New Horizon Family Health Services 5 North Greenville University 3 Pelham Medical Center 9 Residences at Century Park 35 Service Transport, Inc. 7 Owens Insurance 3 Pelham Medical Center 35 Service Transport, Inc. 21 Wild Ace Pizza & Pub

C ORPO R ATE PARTNER S

RELAX BEFORE YOU TAKE OFF KICK BACK BEFORE YOU TAKE OFF

You’ll want to book more business travel thanks to GSP International Airport’s latest upgrades. Take a moment to relax with a coffee or a glass of wine at the Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck, or any one of our other new restaurants. Before you take off, settle down at a convenient charging station to revive your laptop and take care of those last-minute emails. You’ll be glad you decided to fly out of GSP International Airport. Discover even more ways we’ve made business travel easier at gspairport.com.

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THE AREA? Where to...

Get Your News

Volunteer

(864) 877-2076 www.GreerCitizen.com  GreerCitizen

(864) 848-5355 www.GreerRelief.org

The Greer Citizen

Greater Greer News (800) 736-7135 www.GreenvilleOnline.com  GreaterGreerNews

Greer Relief Agency Greer Community Ministries (864) 877-1937 www.gcminc.org

Greer Soup Kitchen (864) 968-0323 www.GreerSoupKitchen.com

Need to... Get Enrolled?

Greenville County School District (864) 355-3100 www.Greenville.k12.sc.us

Spartanburg School District Five (864) 949-2350 www.Spart5.net

Contact Emergency Services?

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, DIAL 911

City of Greer Fire Department (864) 848-2166

City of Greer Police Department (864) 848-2151

Greer Memorial Hospital (864) 797-8000 www.GHS.org

Pelham Medical Center (864) 530-6000 www.SpartanburgRegional.com

Talk with Local Government

Hook Up Your Utilities?

(864) 848-2150 www.CityOfGreer.org

1 (800) 777-9898 www.Duke-Energy.com

Greer Municipal Court

Greer Commission of Public Works

Greer City Hall

(864) 848-5374 www.CityOfGreer.org

Parks & Recreation (864) 848-2190 www.CityOfGreer.org

Public Services (864) 848-2184 www.CityOfGreer.org

Greenville County County Administrator (864) 467-7105 www.GreenvilleCounty.org

Spartanburg County Office of Administration (864) 596-2526 www.SpartanburgCounty.org

Duke Energy

(864) 848-5500 www.GreerCPW.com

Laurens Electric Cooperative 1 (800) 942-3141 www.LaurensElectric.com

Piedmont Municipal Power Agency (864) 877-9632 www.PMPA.com

Piedmont Natural Gas 1 (800) 752-7504 www.PiedmontNG.com

Blue Ridge Rural Water Company (864) 895-1719 www.BRRWC.org

Startex-Jackson-WellfordDuncan Water District (864) 439-4423 www.SJWD.com

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Your New Life Awaits. The Residences at Century Park is unhooked from the ordinary in all the best ways. It is luxury served on the unassuming side. We are located in the heart of Greer, next to Century Park at the corner of Brushy Creek Road and Buncombe Road. Conveniently located near downtown Greer, restaurants, shopping and many large employers.

Love Where You Live

3000 Daventry Circle - Greer, SC 29650 864-484-7758 | www.residencesatcenturypark.com

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BY T HE

NUMBERS 29,145

36.5 yrs

IN CITY LIMITS

IN CITY LIMITS

Population

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Median Age

$50,124

Median Household Income

Park Complexes IN CITY LIMITS

$160,233

Median Home Value

IN CITY LIMITS

22.82

Square Mileage IN CITY LIMITS

124,817

Inland Port Rail Moves IN 2017

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FLY THROUGH GSP ANNUALLY

Freedom Blasts

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1,400

Daily Average OF BMW'S PRODUCED SEE PG. 32 FOR MORE INFO

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AVG. RAINFALL – 49.9 IN AVG. SNOWFALL – 5.5 IN

GREENVILLE HEALTH SYSTEM & SPARTANBURG REGIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM

GREENVILLE COUNTY & SPARTANBURG COUNTY DISTRICT 5

SUNNY DAYS PER YEAR – 222

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AVG. LOW – 31°

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HELLO, Greer . We’ve always been your neighbor . . . Now, we’re family. As a locally owned community bank, Countybank is proud to celebrate 85 years with you.

As your community bank, we focus on what matters — you! Both nationally and locally, banks are merging with larger partners. Countybank stands strongly independent and here for you and your family.

BANKING

INSURANCE

MORTGAGE

INVESTMENTS

TRUST

ecountybank.com | 103 North Main Street, Greer, SC 29650

NATURAL GAS

ELECTRICITY

WATER

WASTEWATER

(864) 848-5500

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A BRIEF HISTORY 1876

1913

GREER’S, SC INCORPORATED Greer was incorporated as Greer’s, South Carolina on March 25, 1876. It did not officially become Greer until 1976 when preparing to celebrate its centennial, the City realized the oversight and made it legally Greer.

GREER COMMISSION OF PUBLIC WORKS CHARTERED After a citywide election approved its formation, Greer CPW began providing electric, wastewater and water services to the City of Greer. Natural gas services were added in 1957. To this day it is rare for cities the size of Greer to have their own full-service utilities.

1873

GREER’S DEPOT COMPLETED Greer owes its creation to the Southern Railroad, which in 1873 completed a train line that stopped in what is today downtown Greer. Land for the line was purchased from James Manning Greer, leading the name “Greer’s Depot.”

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VICTOR MILL CHARTERED With the growth of railroads, Greer became an attractive commerce site. A plentiful cotton industry led to the development of textile mills, the first of which began operating in 1895. Three more mills were built within the next decade.

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1994

BMW NORTH AMERICA OPENS Opened in 1994, BMW’s Greer facility is the only BMW assembly plant in the US. Since it’s opening, BMW has undergone five major expansions and produced over three million vehicles. It has invested more than $6 billion dollars in South Carolina and employs over 8,000 people.

2015

SECOND COMMUNITY M ASTER PLAN COMPLETED A follow up to the original 1999 community master plan, the new plan has grown in both scope and size. Forecasting through 2030, the report focuses on growth in 4 major corridors: downtown, Wade Hampton Boulevard, SC Highway 101 and SC Highway 14.

1962

GSP INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT OPENS Opened October 15, 1962, GSP International provided a shared airport for Greenville and Spartanburg counties. Today the airport is the second busiest in the state with almost two million passengers flying through annually.

2017

WORK BEGINS ON D OWNTOWN STREETSCAPE

2013

INLAND PORT OPENS The SC Inland Port extends the reach of the Port of Charleston more than 200 miles inland, and provides shoppers with access to more than 95 million consumers within a one-day drive. The Port has been key in driving economic investment in the Upstate.

A project 100 years in the making, aging infrastructure beneath downtown’s Central business district will be replaced with modern utilities. After completion, a major streetscape project will transform the look of downtown Greer for years to come.

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LAKES & RECREATION Greer City Parks

Lake Robinson is a pristine recreational area just northwest of the City of Greer. The lake is approximately 800 acres, and is excellent for boating, fishing and kayaking. In fact, the Greenville News called Robinson a "small jewel" for our community because its abundance of fish. Greer CPW owns Lake Robinson, which was created as an impoundment for drinking water. It is fed by the South Tyger River and serves as part of CPW's drinking water resources. Lake Robinson has a boat ramp, two fishing piers and event sites that can be rented out. In the Spring of 2016, CPW renovated the fishing piers, benches at shelter #1 and the boat house. We continue to make improvements on a yearly basis.

With more than 20 recreation venues through the city, you are sure to find something to do in the City of Greer! The city’s Parks and Recreation Department is composed of five divisions: athletics, recreations, events, cultural arts and ground maintenance. The athletics division offers sports leagues for adults and children. The recreation division handles programs such as summer camps, art classes and other various activities T UN O C for the community. The events division not only handles the management of popular event venues like Greer City Hall and the Cannon Centre, they also run such popular events as Freedom Blast and Moonlight Movies. The Cultural Arts division provides programming and plays produced by the Greer Children’s Theater. D. CL

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Suber Road Soccer Complex Century Park & Kid's Planet Stevens Field Veterans Park Victor Park City Park Cannon Centre H.R. Turner Park City Operations Center City Stadium Tryon Recreation Center Needmore Recreation Center Country Club Sports Complex

Generations of Irmo Assisted Living

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HISTORIC BUILDINGS Greer was first established as Greer’s Station in 1873 as a flag station along the Atlanta Charlotte Air Line Railroad. The town was officially incorporated as Greer’s in 1876, but later became known simply as Greer. From the late 1870’s through the 1890’s, downtown Greer prospered in the cotton trade and the streets were lined with a variety of businesses such as general stores, physicians, and other essential services. These and many early businesses in Greer were grouped in wood frame buildings around the Public Square and along Trade Street, the main business avenue leading from the rail depot. By about 1901, two new railroads, Southern Railways and Piedmont and Northern, constructed competing rail lines through Greer. Commercial activity eventually focused between the two tracks as businesses sought to

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have easy access to transportation for their products. In the early twentieth century, the economic character of Greer changes. The textile industry, which traced its humble beginnings back to the early nineteenth century, began to expand rapidly, especially in the Carolinas and Greenville County. Within one hundred miles of the county seat of Greenville, there were over 400 mills by 1930. In Greenville County alone there were 35 mills. Several mills began operation just outside of Greer between about 1896 and 1908, including Apalache Mill, Victor Cotton Mill, Franklin Mill, and Greer Mill, but their presence nearby had a significant effect on the economy and appearance of downtown Greer. With the expansion of the textile mills, downtown Greer also expanded in the

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form of new industry and commerce focused on supporting textiles. Warehouses, lumber and fuel production, and the manufacture of cotton byproducts (such as cottonseed oil and fertilizer) downtown were the outgrowth of the textile mills. These new businesses and industries changed the face of downtown Greer as they replaced older wood frame buildings with brick commercial structures, some as tall as two or three stories. Greer’s downtown commercial architecture reflects the prosperity of the town’s economy between 1900 and 1930 when textiles and related industries flourished. A number of the significant buildings in downtown Greer were designed by Thomas Keating, an upcountry contractor and builder who designed many buildings in Greenville and Spartanburg Counties between 1903 and 1915. The R.L. Merchant Building (200 Trade Street) the Reese Building (217 Trade Street), and the Belk-Kirkpatrick Building (104-106 Trade Street) were all designed by Keating, as well as several residences (including his own as 213 North Main) in Greer.

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he Greer Downtown Historic District is significant for its high concentration of intact examples of early twentieth-century commercial architecture. The commercial buildings in the district signify Greer’s expansion from an agricultural marketplace to include an industrial and manufacturing economy.


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Downtown Greer MAIN STREET

VICTORIA STREET

104 North Main Street

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118-120 Victoria Street

circa 1930 (Brick Vernacular)

Victoria Place Salon

EAST POINSETT STREET

TRADE STREET

100 E. Poinsett Street

100 Trade Street

212-214 Trade Street

102 E. Poinsett Street

101 Trade Street

215 Trade Street

107 E. Poinsett Street

102 Trade Street

217 Trade Street

109-111 Trade Street

218 Trade Street

112 Trade Street

219 Trade Street

116 Trade Street

221-223 Trade Street

200 Trade Street

222 Trade Street

201 Trade Street

224 Trade Street

204 Trade Street

225 Trade Street

206 Trade Street

228-230 Trade Street

207 Trade Street

300-302 Trade Street

208-210 Trade Street

304-308 Trade Street

circa 1910 (Brick Vernacular) circa 1930 (Brick Vernacular)

circa 1920 (Brick Vernacular) 1921 (Neoclassical Revival)

circa 1915 (Brick Vernacular)

108 E. Poinsett Street

circa 1915

110 E. Poinsett Street

circa 1905 (Brick Vernacular)

109-113 E. Poinsett Street

circa 1920 (Brick Vernacular)

115-117 E. Poinsett Street

circa 1920’s (Neoclassical Revival)

119 E. Poinsett Street

circa 1910 (Brick Vernacular)

127 E. Poinsett Street

circa 1915 (Brick Vernacular)

129 E. Poinsett Street

circa 1926 (Brick Vernacular)

214 Randall Street

circa 1926 (Brick Vernacular)

219 Randall Street

circa 1920 (Brick Vernacular)

221-223 Randall Street

circa 1929 (Brick Vernacular)

circa 1915 (Brick Vernacular) circa 1920 (Brick Vernacular) circa 1915 (Brick Vernacular)

circa 1920 (Brick Vernacular) circa 1920 (Brick Vernacular) (Brick Vernacular) (Brick Vernacular)

circa 1900 (Brick Vernacular) circa 1900 (Brick Vernacular) (Brick Vernacular)

circa 1915 (Stucco Vernacular)

circa 1915, (Brick Vernacular) circa 1911 (Stucco Vernacular) circa 1935 (Stucco Vernacular) circa 1935 (Brick Vernacular) circa 1916 (Brick Vernacular) circa 1940 (Brick Vernacular) circa 1935 (Brick Vernacular) circa 1900 (Brick Vernacular) circa 1900 (Neo-Classical)

circa 1920 (Brick Vernacular)

209-211 Trade Street

circa 1920 (Brick Vernacular)

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American BUBBA ANNIE'S (864) 297-0007

FATZ CAFE

(864) 414-8533

NORTHAMPTON WINES & WINE CAFÉ

Café

STOMPING GROUNDS COFFEE HOUSE AND WINE BAR (864) 801-1555

(864) 469-7409

(864) 271-3919

(864) 877-9770

PAPA BRATTS LLC

SAFFRONS CATERING LLC

THE BLEU PORCH KITCHEN & MARKET

Coffee Shop

(864) 479-0433

THE BLUE RIDGE BREWING COMPANY (864) 232-4677

THE CLOCK RESTAURANT

Barbecue

KONA ICE OF GREENVILLE LLC (864) 380-0154

ABBOTT'S FROZEN CUSTARD

Fast Food

(864) 655-4342

Shaved Ice

Dessert

THE RIFFRAFF BAR & GRILL

Southern

LAURENDA'S RESTAURANT

(864) 848-5222

(864) 848-3012

GRAZE

JERSEY MIKE'S

(864) 419-5748

(864) 877-1500

JOSEY'S CHUCK WAGON

SONIC DRIVE-IN, GREER (864) 801-2900

LITTLE PIGS BBQ OF GREER

Fish

(864) 244-1090

MUTTS BBQ RESTAURANT (864) 848-3999

Bistro

GENERATIONS BISTRO & BAR (864) 662-5090

Brazilian

TUCANOS BRAZILLIAN GRILL (864) 288-2486

Breakfast EGGS UP GRILL (843) 479-0566

Burgers

FUDDRUCKERS RESTAURANT (864) 877-5554

PELICAN'S SNOBALLS OF GREER (864) 238-0103

CHICK-FIL-A

(864) 655-4373

(864) 877-7779

(864) 879-6900

(864) 908-6924

(864) 655-4422

PIZZA INN - GREER THE WILD ACE PIZZA AND PUB

BARISTA ALLEY

(864) 915-9440

(864) 901-5468

MERRELLS PIZZA LLC

PERKS CATERING

(864) 241-0401

UPSTATE KETTLE CORN

Pizza

Catering

(864) 345-3693

Kettle Corn

SOUTHERN PALATE CUISINE AND CATERING (864) 593-1886

Steakhouse

RICK ERWIN'S EASTSIDE

THE RIGHT CHOICE MOBILE FISH CAMP (864) 981-4308

(864) 672-9040

RUTH'S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE (864) 248-1723

Food Truck

CLUCK, SQUEAL & FRIENDS

THE STRIP CLUB 104 'A STEAK HOUSE'

(864) 395-9720

(864) 877-9104

Italian

Subs

ANDINO RESTAURANT & BAR ITALIAN AND ANDEAR (864) 479-0399

Japanese

MIMIS STEAKHOUSE OF JAPAN (864) 987-9030

SUB STATION II OF GREER (864) 879-7518

SUB STATION II OF TAYLORS (864) 292-0127

Tex-Mex

MOE'S SOUTHWEST GRILL (864) 848-2885

SALSARITA'S ON PELHAM ROAD (864) 627-8301

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RESTAURANTS American

Lounge

(864) 232-4677 308 Trade Street www.BlueRidgeBrewing.com

(864) 655-7722 207 Trade Street www.CameroonLounge.com

BLUE RIDGE BREWING CO

STILL WATER GRILL & CATERING (864) 238-1193 304 Trade Street www.StillWaterGrillAndCatering.com

THE MASON JAR (864) 879-4454 202 Trade Street

Bar

POUR SPORTS PUB

(864) 655-5075 302 Trade Street www.PourSportsPub.com

Café

STOMPING GROUNDS COFFEE HOUSE & WINE BAR (864) 801-1555 208 Trade Street www.StompingGroundsGreer.com

Coffee Shop BARISTA ALLEY

(864) 908-6924 125 E Poinsett Street www.BaristaAlley.com

CAMEROON CIGAR LOUNGE

Mexican LOS PORTALES (864) 662-5080 109 Trade Street

Pizza

WILD ACE PIZZA AND PUB (864) 879-6900 103 Depot Street www.thewildace.com

Seafood

GREAT BAY OYSTER HOUSE

(864) 879-1030 109 E. Poinsett Street www.TheGreatBayOysterHouse.com

Steakhouse

ABBOTT'S FROZEN CUSTARD (864) 655-4422 119 E. Poinsett Street www.AbbottsCustard.com

THE STRIP CLUB 104 (864) 877-9104 104 E. Poinsett Street www.TSC104.com

Thai

CHON RESTAURANT (864) 655-7779 219 Trade Street

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Greer’s own community college The Benson Campus of Greenville Technical College offers education for some of the area’s most in-demand health professions, and our very popular Visual Arts program. You can also complete University Transfer courses, no matter what your major! Health Information Management • Massage Therapy • Occupational Therapy Assistant Personal Trainer • Pharmacy Technician • Physical Therapist Assistant • Visual Arts All of the resources of a large college in a personable environment are here for you at Greer’s own Benson Campus. 250-8000 • gvltec.edu/Benson

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34TH ANNUAL

3RD ANNUAL

PELHAM MEDICAL CENTER GREER FAMILY FESTIVAL

RAILFEST AT GREER CITY PARK

MAY 4- 5, 2 018

SEPTEMBER 15 , 20 18

FRIDAY: 6 PM – 10 PM SATURDAY: 10 AM – 10 PM

10 AM – 2 PM

This two-day event features live music on two stages, over 20 free arts and crafts for children at the Anne Helton Creation Station, dozens of rides in the KidsZone, multiple food vendors and over 150 vendors throughout the festival!

Saturday night for a free LIVE concert in City Park

12TH ANNUAL

GREER STATION OKTOBERFEST OCTO B E R 2 0, 2 018

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12 PM – 10 PM

Greer’s newest event celebrates its railroad heritage and promotes rail safety. See detailed model trains, historic railroad exhibits, and ride trackless trains through the park! Railfest at Greer City Park is educational and fun for the whole family.

The Chance to meet local Railroad Police!

Germany takes over downtown Greer for this one-day event. Festivalgoers will be immersed in authentic German culture with food, entertainment and, of course, beer!

The Food! Expect everything from knackwurst to black forest cake.

10TH ANNUAL

4TH ANNUAL

FREEDOM BLAST

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL: GREER GOES GLOBAL

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6 PM – 10:30 PM

11 AM – 4 PM

Celebrate America’s Independence at Greer City Park! One of the City’s largest festivals, Freedom Blast has a lot to offer: live music, food, inflatables, a heartfelt patriotic tribute and, of course, fireworks!

Get ready to go around the world in a day, enjoying the sights, sounds and tastes of multiple cultures at Greer City Park and Greer City Hall. The Greer Goes Global International Festival brings a sampling of the many cultures that make up the Greater Greer Community and Upstate South Carolina.

One of the best fireworks displays in the Upstate!

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“This growth is a result of investments in the Greer community. Retailers recognize that good things are happening and more good things are coming,” Greer City Administrator Ed Driggers said. “The City of Greer leveraged about $17 million when we built the municipal complex and saw a three-fold investment coming back in the downtown area. We’re going to invest $25 million over the next three years and we absolutely anticipate that it will be an exponential reinvestment by the public sector.”

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High traffic commercial areas in the City of Greer, such as Wade Hampton Boulevard, are heavily populated with big box retail and car dealerships. New retail projects near Riverside High School in Greer has created an attractive, new neighborhood commercial center. Greer’s historic downtown, branded as Greer Station, offers a combination of specialty retail and niche restaurants. “A continued rise in gross retail sales is a great indicator of the strong economic climate in Greer, both residentially and commercially. This figure reflects the growth and vibrancy we have in the community, and serves as justification of the time and commitment that goes into not only recruiting new businesses, but also helping those already here grow,” said Katie Witherspoon, Vice President of Operations for the

Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce. New, large industrial projects in the City of Greer have created thousands of new jobs, are pushing per capita incomes higher, and have led to record increases in the production of quality, new single family homes. Greer is well positioned for additional retail sales growth in the future. “High traffic counts and Greer’s proximity to BMW, Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, and the Inland Port is a recipe for quality retail growth in Greer,” said Reno Deaton, Executive Director of the Greer Development Corporation. “But the true credit belongs to hard working retailers and restaurant owners in Greer who have defined the Greer retail market with world class customer service and a very attractive product mix.”

“A continued rise in gross retail sales is a great indicator of the strong economic climate in Greer, both residentially and commercially."

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GREER, SOUTH CAROLINA According to the South Carolina Department of Revenue, in fiscal year 2017, the City of Greer recorded a record $1,302,896,294 in gross retail sales, including $798,472,977 in sales in the portion of the City of Greer located in Greenville County and $504,423,316 in the portion of the City of Greer located in Spartanburg County. This new figure represents an increase of 12% compared to fiscal year 2016 and a 47% growth in sales over the last five years.


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That’s all it takes to bring a community together. PHOTOS BY AMY CLIFTON KEELY PHOTOGRAPHY

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Curious what could be served?

Here’s a look at a past menu! APPETIZER

Suber Mills' Cornmeal Pancake, Sunburst Farms Trout Roe, Cucumber, Happy Cow Creamery Buttermilk Crème Fraiche, Growing Green Farms Micro Dill, Chives, Lemon

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Cherries, Goat Lady Dairy Smoked Chevre, Cherry Tomatoes, Charred Shallot, Assorted Lettuces, Birds Fly South Saison & Tomato Vinaigrette, Edible Flowers

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Deboned Whole Bethel Trails Farm’s Chicken Stuffed with Spinach and Pecorino Cheese, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, South Carolina Corn Relish Bethel Trails Farm’s Molasses Brined Pork Loin, Zucchini Cake, Fishers Orchard’s Pickled Peach Salsa

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The economic development project code named “Kaboom” appropriately sent a shockwave through the Greater Greer Community when details of the project were made public on Oct. 10.

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he City of Greer and Sycamore Greer, LLC, intend to cooperate to redevelop multiple parcels of approximately 2.6 acres in downtown Greer to create a privately-owned 100-room minimum Hampton Inn hotel, privately-owned commercial and retail facilities, a publicly-owned pedestrian walkway and a publicly-owned parking facility. Greer City Council passed second reading of Ordinance 38-2017 approving the project agreement at its Oct. 10 meeting. Yatish Patel is head of Greenville-based Sycamore Investment Group that built the Holiday Inn Express and Home 2 Suites on North Main Street in Greenville. The project agreement requires Sycamore Greer to invest at least $10 million in a hotel not more than five stories tall in addition to retail space. Both the hotel and commercial properties will have a brick facade to match buildings in the historic district. “We were put in touch with some folks who have a good track record for developing urban space,” Greer Mayor Rick Danner said. “We had some preliminary meetings with them and talked about our vision for downtown Greer and theirs and what it would take to get them to Greer. Out of those meetings, we forged the relationship and then a partnership to make the hotel possible.”

Danner said city representatives spent a great deal of time in negotiations to come up with a deal “mutually beneficial to both of us.” The development will be located on the northwestern portion of land bounded by East Poinsett Street to the southwest, North Main Street to the northwest, Jason Street to the northeast and Cannon Street to the southeast, and consists mostly of abandoned buildings. The City of Greer will acquire property on Jason St. to develop a 300-space (approximate) parking garage, with 90 spaces allocated to the hotel. Sycamore Greer, LLC, intends to donate a portion of its acquired property to ensure the city is able to complete its construction obligations. The city will also construct and furnish a pedestrian alley for use on or before the hotel occupancy date. The City of Greer will reimburse Sycamore Greer, LLC, $1.8 million for infrastructure in six payments contingent on: • Conveyance of property donated by Sycamore Greer, LLC, to the City of Greer ($325,000) • Completion of the demolition of the buildings currently located on the project property: the

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city-acquired property, the developer-donated property, the hotel property and the retail property) ($325,000) • Completion of the footers for the hotel facilities ($325,000) • Issuance of the certificate of occupancy for the Hotel Facilities ($325,000) • Issuance of the certificate of occupancy for the first building constructed on one of the outparcels in the retail property ($250,000) • Issuance of the certificate of occupancy for the last building constructed on the outparcel in the retail property ($250,000) The timing of the project allows it to be tied into the Greer Station streetscape work to maintain a consistent look throughout the central business district. To cover multiple projects, including the parking garage and downtown streetscape work, City Council approved an ordinance in October

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issuing public bonds of $13.5 million to be repaid over a 25-30 year period with the current revenue structure. No allocation of tax millage for debt payment will be required. The hotel’s proposed North Main Street location places it 100 yards from the city’s best known hotel, The Wayside Inn which was built in 1929 at a cost of $100,000.

City Directory,” Hiatt said. “Since the P&N depot was finished late in 1913, I suspect it was new to pick up travelers from both railroad lines.” The Elmore Hotel once stood on East Poinsett Street at the current location of Rivera’s Restaurant. A restaurant downstairs was convenient for guests who occupied rooms upstairs.

“We were put in touch with some folks who have a good track record for developing urban space.” G R E E R M AYO R R I C K DA N N E R “It was called the ‘best little hotel in the South’ and advertised that some rooms had baths. It was also the bus depot for more than 50 years,” local historian Joada Hiatt said. Hiatt recalled an early option for travelers. The Greer Hotel was located across from the Depot where Citizens Banking and Loan now stands. “It had a balcony across the front facing Trade Street and it is listed in the 1915

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Other lodging options in the city included a boarding house near the tracks on E. Poinsett that was run by a Mrs. Smith and her daughter, Bertie. Farther down East Poinsett was a gas station and tourist camp with log cabins. “Building hotels along Poinsett made sense as that was a national highway until Wade Hampton Boulevard was built,” Hiatt said.


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BMW Manufacturing exported 272,346 BMW X models from the Spartanburg plant during 2017. BMW Plant Spartanburg produces 1,400 vehicles each day. In 2017, the Spartanburg plant produced 371,284 vehicles. The factory has a production capacity of 450,000 vehicles and employs 10,000 people.

Inland Port Greer achieved a record year of volumes, with 124,817 rail moves handled during fiscal year 2017. The volume is a 20.4 percent increase from its 2016 volume record of 103,639 rail moves. “Global container trade growth was the strongest it has been since 2010, mirroring surprising strength in the global economy,” said SCPA president and CEO Jim Newsome.

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GSP International airport set a new record for the third straight year, with 2,130,885 passengers traveling through in 2017. The new record is a 6 percent increase from the previous all-time high in 2016. The growth comes on the heels of the completion of Project WINGSPAN, a $125 million renovation.

The City of Greer Building and Code Enforcement division issue 7,625 total permits in 2017, a 44% increase from 2016. Total cost of 2017 construction in the City was $348,948,323 (a 22.5% increase over 2016 and a $2,496 increase over a recession low in 2009).

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reative professionals, freelancers, writers, startups and others in need of collaborative workspace can now find it at Insight Onsite Coworking (IOC), opening today at 228 Trade Street in historic downtown Greer.

“I'm very excited to be a part of the downtown Greer community,” said Frank Condon, owner of Insight Onsite Coworking. “Our hope is that we can create a space where people can connect, create and collaborate with others.” IOC will also be the home to Condon’s website and software development

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company, DevObal. The IT company, which offers technology product design and implementation, was founded in 2002 and has six area team members, with 25 total across the globe. “Greer is excited to have Insight Onsite Coworking open on Trade Street,” said City of Greer Mayor Rick Danner. “I think the success of downtown has created an environment that will be perfect for a cowork space. I feel sure the freelancers, independent agencies, entrepreneurs and professionals that will use the space will bring a new level of creative energy to downtown.”

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The two-story, 3,800-square-foot office space provides access to members, with unlimited high-speed Internet, printing, scanning and a full kitchen complete with coffee and tea. Conference rooms for meetings and breakout sessions are available, along with a lounge area. Membership options range from shared and dedicated desks to daily or nights and weekends passes, to ensure that any kind of professional receives what they need to thrive within the community.


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COMMUNITY MASTER PLAN HIGHLIGHTS

Background Completed in 2015, the Greer Community Master Plan is the culmination of more than a year of planning and public meetings to determine what Greer would develop into over the next 15 years. A follow up to the original 1999 Master Plan, the Partnership for Tomorrow (PFT) commissioned the plan as the next step toward fulfilling their mission of providing the City of Greer and surrounding areas with the resources necessary to address a variety of issues.

Focus Areas The new plan focuses on four major corridors in the city: the downtown central business district, Wade Hampton Boulevard (U.S. Highway 29), S.C. Highway 101, and S.C. Highway 14. Those corridors were specifically targeted because of their susceptibility to change and their ability to accommodate future growth as the city and Greater Greer evolves. Areas in need of attention or most likely able to accommodate future growth downtown include: Greer Station, particularly areas on the south end of Trade Street; between Trade Street and City Park; the Victor Mill area; and the North Main Street Corridor. Goals include

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connecting Trade Street to Greer City Park, enhancing the critical mass of downtown retailers and restaurants, adding downtown employers and residences to support downtown retail and restaurants, and connecting N. Main, Poinsett, and Trade/Pelham to adjacent neighborhoods to promote walkability. Creating an Arts District south of Greer Station between the existing CSX and Norfolk Southern, railroad tracks will allow Greer to rehabilitate warehouses and industrial buildings into unique, interesting spaces. Along Highway 29, the goal is to maintain and enhance the corridor with increased site development and design standards, establish architectural standards to create a gateway to Greer

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Station at Poinsett Street, and fostering opportunities to diversify land uses along Wade Hampton including mixeduse buildings and multi-use sites that include office and/or residential. Goals for the Highway 14 corridor include improving the appearance and environment of the gateway from I-85 downtown, fostering a more significant employment area with supporting commercial projects, and providing an appropriate transition from I-85 and SC 14 to anticipated residential growth to the east and south On Highway 101, goals include creating a connection for the north side of I-85 and encouraging more employment along the west side of the corridor.


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W HAT I S T HE EXPAND THE TRADITIONAL DOWNTOWN The growth of downtown is depending on the health of adjacent neighborhoods and employment centers. ENHANCE GATEWAYS & WAYFINDING SIGNAGE Greer has the opportunity to announce to visitors where the community begins and where it transitions into downtown through strategic improvements. PROMOTE MOBILITY The downtown Bicycling and Walking Plan has been completed with specific guidance for enhancing the pedestrian experience in Greer. PROMOTE THE ARTS, CULTURE AND HISTORY The formation of an Arts District is underway with a Public Arts Commission being established. CONNECT THE COMMUNITY WITH RECREATION & TRAILS

Partnership for Tomorrow? (PFT)

The PFT is a community initiative for the future of Greer. PFT was formed in 1998 by a concerned group of business, civic, government and community leaders to address the issues and concerns related to the growth of the Greater Greer community and the opportunities it would bring to the area. Partners of PFT include the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, City of Greer and the Greer Development Corporation. The mission of the PFT is to provide the City of Greer and surrounding areas with the resources necessary to address a variety of issues that will benefit the community and make Greer a better place to live and work.

The City of Greer has completed a downtown walking and biking trails study. The acquisition of Victor Mill and the development of a Victor Mill master plan are still in the works.

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The world said goodbye to frontiersman William “Buffalo Bill” Cody and welcomed future entertainer Dino Paul Crocetti, who would become better known as Dean Martin. New Mexico and Arizona were granted statehood just five years earlier. The world literacy rate was just 23 percent and only six percent of Americans had graduated from high school. The average hourly wage for U.S. workers was 22 cents. In Greer, a newspaper called The Greer Citizen began publishing. A new train depot (built in 1913 by the Piedmont & Northern Railroad) was a downtown anchor. And new utility lines were being installed in areas to serve a growing downtown business environment.

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Utility work by Greer CPW and its contractors began in June of 2017 and is expected to be completed during the second quarter of 2018 at a total cost of more than $4 million. Fast forward a century and it’s amazing to consider how the world has changed. Locally, The Greer Citizen and that depot are still going strong. Time, however, does not favor buried utility lines. Water and sewer lines beneath historic Greer Station have not kept pace with the City’s tremendous growth, especially over the last 20 years. Those cracked and deteriorating pipes finally reached the end of their life span, forcing city leaders to take action. “This is one of those projects that we do about every 75 to 100 years and it just happens to be the time to do it,” Greer City Administrator Ed Driggers said. “It is aging infrastructure and it will be a very complex project on which we are partnering with Greer CPW. We’ve been working with our downtown merchants for a couple of years now, advising and preparing them for this.” Driggers said replacing cracked and deteriorating pipes with modern utilities will bring the central business district into the 21st Century and allow the City of Greer to meet the demand of future downtown growth.

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“Greer CPW replaced water and sewer lines along Randall Street between School and Depot, and along Victoria Street between School and E. Poinsett. Also, we completed CIPP lining of approximately 5000 feet of existing 8-inch vitrified clay pipe on Trade, East Poinsett, and South Main Streets,” said Mark Harvey, project manager for that portion of the work. Harvey said remaining water line work is on schedule and is expected to be completed in Spring of 2018. “The overarching goal is to have all work that requires road excavation complete by that time.”


Greer Station as well as the need for the improvements. Greer’s location, enviable transportation infrastructure and abundance of land have made it one of the fastest growing cities in South Carolina over the past decade. These same elements have positioned the city for continued growth. The city and its contractors will start a major streetscape project that will include milling Trade Street down to one inch below the curb line and repaving, repairing all broken curbing and gutters, ensuring ADA accessibility and installing all new landscaping. Estimated at more than $2 million, the project will be assisted by $775,000 from the Greenville County Legislative Delegation (a 75%-25% proposal to the City of Greer). Design firm Kimley-Horn of Charlotte, N.C., was a key consultant in the creation of the Greer Community Master Plan completed in 2015. That plan provides input toward the new look for

Since 2000, the Greer area has grown at more than twice the pace of the larger region. The study area has seen an increase of 22,000 people— growth that is expected to continue. Within the next 15 years, the study estimates, the community should be prepared to accommodate a population that exceeds 100,000. Greer Station was identified in the original Greer Community Master Plan as a target for renovation. The success of that planning was seen into the second decade of the 21st Century. The new plan, released in 2015, builds on that work and identifies Greer Station as a key site critical to the City of Greer’s continued growth.

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bout 300 students in two Greer schools are beginning to use cutting-edge educational materials to learn the skills they need to land a job in advanced manufacturing, as industry leaders seek a larger pool of highly skilled workers.

The online courses developed at Clemson University are aimed at teaching “soft skills” and showing how science, technology, engineering and math can be fun and used in local industry. The skills are in high demand across the nation but especially in the Greer area, home to BMW, the inland port and several auto suppliers. The courses could be the future of education not only in Greer but across the state, said Katie Witherspoon, director of communications at the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce. “This is a pilot program with Clemson to test it out in schools, but the ultimate goal is to take this much broader than just 300 students,” she said. “Our ultimate goal would be to prove this is a great concept that could be used statewide.”

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Justin Ludley, principal of Greer High, said that students are using EducateWorkforce to learn about soft skills and manufacturing and that some have already received certificates for completing the soft skills course. “That’s so important to start emphasizing those skills right now-- those social and emotional skills,” he said. “You can teach people the technical skills if they’re willing. Those soft skills are sometimes the hardest ones to teach.” The courses come from a program packaged as EducateWorkforce. They include video lectures and electronic books, alongside virtual reality simulations that borrow from the world of video games to add realism that would be lacking in a textbook alone.

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One lesson, for example, has students moving through a manufacturing facility from a first-person viewpoint, except they are looking for safety violations instead of blasting zombies. The Clemson University Center for Workforce Development created EducateWorkforce and is collaborating with the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce to offer the courses at Greer High School and the J. Harley Bonds Career Center. CBL State Savings Bank provided a $10,000 grant to make the program possible. Students access the courses through the chamber’s GREERMADE website. For each course completed, students will receive a certificate of completion that helps highlight their new skills to employers. EducateWorkforce courses have been used by more than 1,000 students in 22 states, mostly in high schools and technical colleges. The program is


broken up into several courses that can be taken separately or together. They are aligned with standards set by Manufacturing Skills Standards Council. It’s the nation's leading certification agency for workers in front-line manufacturing production and supply chain logistics. Michael Parris, director at the J. Harley Bonds Career Center, said he likes that when students complete a unit, they can print out a document for their portfolios. While some courses are specific to industry, the one on soft skills could apply to all to students, he said. “I would like to use it for all of our classes,” Parris said. Six courses are included as part of the collaboration: soft skills; exploring advanced manufacturing and workforce fundamentals; manufacturing safety; quality practices and measurement; manufacturing processes and production; and manufacturing maintenance.

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Two interconnected Clemson organizations worked together to create EducateWorkforce, primarily as a means of disseminating educational content to a large number of students. Those organizations are the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Center for Aviation and Automotive Technological Education Using Virtual E-Schools, also known as CA2VES, and the Clemson University Center for Workforce Development. Anand Gramopadhye, dean of the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences at Clemson, is the principal investigator of CA2VES. “EducateWorkforce is a new national model to deliver workforce education tools,” he said. “Collaboration with the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce brings these tools to the Greer area and helps accelerate the transformation of the economy for our state and region.”

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J HARLEY BONDS CAREER CENTER One of four career centers in Greenville County, the J. Harley Bonds Career Center allows students to pursue a technical career interest while earning high school credit, Many of these students go on to two or four-year dress programs, while others will immediately join the workforce. Programs Offered: Animation, Automotive Technology, Building Construction, Computer Programming, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Esthetics, Firefighting, Mechatronics, Machine Tool Technology & Welding Technology.

BENSON CAMPUS OF GREENVILLE TECHNICAL COLLEGE One of five Greenville Technical College campuses, the Benson Campus serves Greer and Taylors. While offering core programs, the campus also houses the University Transfer program for the first half of a bachelor’s degree, as well as general education courses for any major.

NORTH GREENVILLE UNIVERSITY ADULT AND GRADUATE STUDIES With a new building purchased in 2016, the T. Walter Brashier Graduate school of North Greenville University offers students the ability to complete their graduate programs through both traditional classroom formats, online or both. Graduate Programs Offered (On-Campus or Online): Masters in Business Administration, Christian Ministry, Education, Teaching, Music Education, Medical Science; Doctorate in K-12 Leadership, Higher Education Leadership, Ministry

GREATER GREER EDUCATION FOUNDATION Since 2011, the Greater Greer Education Foundation has awarded more than $200,000 in grants and scholarships to teachers and students in the Greer community. In 2018, the foundation awarded $9,651 in grant money to 10 schools and community projects.

Programs Offered: Health Information Management, Massage Therapy, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Personal Trainer, Pharmacy Technician, Physical Therapy Assistant, Visual Arts

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ribe513, a faith-based, independent medical group consisting of Parkside Pediatrics, Brio Internal Medicine, Vida Gynecology and the Breastfeeding Center of Greenville has announced that it will be relocating its corporate headquarters to 139 E. Poinsett St. in historic downtown Greer.

the City of Greer for its support and partnership, without which this development would not be possible, as well as Grace Church who worked with us on space needs to ensure both parties could create the home they desired for those they serve.”

On Friday, April 13, Tribe513 closed on the purchase of a portion of the former Mutual Home Store building in downtown Greer. Upon completing renovations this summer, the site will become home to 70-80 existing team members with additional growth planned over the next five years. In addition to the establishment of its new headquarters, Tribe513 announced that it plans to open a Parkside Pediatrics location on the site later this fall.

With a corporate culture rooted in a strong faith, Tribe513 prides itself on its vibrant, energetic, and hard-working employees. “At Tribe513, we refer to our employees as ‘Team Members’ because without them, we have nothing,” said Martin, “and we work hard to create an environment where we are all challenged to be the very best versions of ourselves that we can be each and every day. I’m so excited for the Team Members who will move to this new location, and I know downtown Greer will be a wonderful place for them to work.”

In a separate transaction, Grace Church closed on three adjacent buildings, including the old D&D Ford facility. Grace Church has announced that upon finishing its own renovation plans, it will transition its current Greer campus over to the newly renovated buildings. Grace and Tribe’s collective investment in these historic sites in downtown

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Greer represents exciting growth for the city. “We at Tribe513 could not be more excited about what lies ahead for our team in the wonderful city of Greer,” said CEO David Martin. “Our group is centered on the belief that we are called by God to love and serve one another humbly in love (Galatians 5:13), and our goal is to keep that front and center. This expansion into Greer affords us the privilege of serving more people than we could before, and we are truly humbled by that. I would like to thank

“This is certainly a time of great momentum as the City and business community reinvest in Greer Station to make it a premier destination in the Upstate.”

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The Mutual Home Store in Greer ceased operations in April of 2016. Some of the six contiguous parcels representing more than 30,000 square feet on 1.45 acres in downtown Greer have been virtually unused for years. The acquisition and redevelopment of these historic properties by Tribe513 and Grace Church will continue to usher in the dramatic transformation of a

significant portion of historic downtown Greer that will include a new, Hilton-branded hotel and a 300 space parking structure. "We are extremely excited to welcome Tribe513 to the City of Greer’s vibrant central business district. With easy access to the adjacent Greer City Park, the property will offer an unbeatable

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location in historic Greer Station for Tribe513’s staff and patients,” Greer City Administrator Ed Driggers said. "This is certainly a time of great momentum as the City and business community reinvest in Greer Station to make it a premier destination in the Upstate.”

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GREER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL OUR GOAL IS TO KEEP YOU HEALTHY AND ACTIVE

The 82-bed Greer Memorial Hospital anchors the campus. With its craftsman architecture and walking trails, the 135-acre campus is not only beautiful but also home to some of the most innovative approaches to medicine. Approximately a dozen practices— including pediatricians, family medicine doctors, cardiologists, surgeons, oncologists, OB/GYNs, orthopaedists and urologists—are based on this campus. The hospital’s emergency department is always staffed with board-certified doctors. The Family Birthplace has several private labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum (LDRP) rooms. GHS’ Cancer Institute has offices across the Upstate, including Greer.

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Its approaches to treating cancer make it nationally recognized. The institute is one of 34 U.S. sites selected for the National Cancer Institute’s Community Oncology Research Program to conduct clinical trials and research studies aimed at improving patient outcomes while reducing health disparities. The institute received a multi-million dollar grant for this work. Carolina Cardiology Consultants, part of the GHS Heart Institute, is transforming cardiac care and providing Upstate patients with the opportunity to be the first to experience the latest technology to treat heart attacks. GHS was first in the state to make the Corpath Robotic-Assisted System available to patients, which allows doctors to more precisely control balloon and stent delivery during heart interventions. For patients, this means fewer complications and fewer stents over

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a lifetime. Also, the institute was first in the nation to perform a new carotid artery surgery that’s less invasive and reduces the risk of a future stroke. GHS Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas provides comprehensive orthopaedic and neurosurgical services, from pediatric patients to aging adults. Its athletic trainer network serves more than 50 schools and colleges across the Upstate. GHS provides the most comprehensive health care in the Upstate. It is among less than 2 percent of U.S. health systems that have earned the distinction of being an academic health center. Academic health centers conduct research and educate new healthcare providers while providing patients with first-in-region access to medical advances and clinical trials. Patients at all GHS campuses benefit from being treated by a health system that’s discovering breakthroughs in medicine.

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reer Medical Campus, part of Greenville Health System (GHS), has the services you need to care for your entire family. Our goal is to keep you healthy and active, but we’re here when you need us.


PELHAM MEDICAL CENTER LOW WAIT TIMES & EXPERT CARE

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ospitals are usually described as bustling places while doctors hurry to care for sick patients. Family members of patients are filled with worry as they accompany their loved ones.

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But the staff at of Pelham Medical Center (PMC), located in the rapidly growing area of Greer, S.C., works to calm the nerves of patients and loved ones with cutting edge medical capabilities on a serene, calming campus.

PMC offers a full service of medical needs including full diagnostic cardiac cath lab, orthopaedic surgery and a world class cancer center. The Dogwood Café features healthy options made with vegetables grown in garden located on campus, adjacent to a .5 mile fitness walking trail that gives employees and guests an opportunity to relax and exercise. “We strive, with every patient interaction, to be the best hospital we can be,” said Tony Kouskolekas, president of Pelham Medical Center. “People don’t have to travel far and wide to find effective treatment because we have all the necessary services, right here at home. Our physicians, nurses and support teams are fully focused on each individual’s needs to ensure the most positive outcomes possible. This hospital was built with the patient in mind.”

One feature that sets hospitals apart is how long a patient has to wait for their care within the emergency department. Known for minimal wait times, Pelham Medical Center’s expert medical staff provides care quickly for many types of illness and injury, from abdominal pain to broken bones. “Our wait times are low enough that we have created a competitive advantage in the community,” said emergency physician Tom Boyd, MD. “On top of low wait times, our board-certified emergency physicians are dedicated to delivery accurate diagnosis and treatments from anything from cuts and bruises to heart attacks.” Traditionally, the sickest patients are seen first in emergency departments, forcing others to wait longer. PMC uses a modern approach to care with a fast track unit, meaning all types of injury or illness are seen quickly.

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ater Toad and the entire Toad family are waiting for you to find them throughout downtown Greer. Enjoy your journey!

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Just to the right is Sister Tess--she's window shopping by the terracotta tiles.

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Finding Aunt Tully is a little tricky. She hangs out on the side of the building where ivy grows.

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Around the corner on Trade Street is where you'll find Tex. He's at the building where the bricks arch. Look high and low!

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Talon is lost. He's waiting for Mama Toad under the green lanterns.

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Around the corner where the brides get done up, Tallulah is patiently waiting her turn.

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Come back to Trade Street to find Taylor hanging out at the old drug store.

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The Beginning can also be the end. Start on Poinsett Street with the shells under your feet. Look closely for Tater Toad hiding out.

You can find Tino where the sounds of the Blues circle the air. Timmy is in awe watching Tino from his perch across the street. Finish your journey with Tiesha. She is waiting for the rest of the family to take the train to Greenville.

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The Right Cancer Care for Your Community We hope that you or those you love are never touched by cancer. Should that happen, however, know that Greenville Health System (GHS) cancer specialists—like Kim Gococo, MD, pictured above—are right here to provide convenient access to the best of cancer care. Since 2004, the highly skilled, fellowship-trained physicians of the GHS Cancer Institute have offered the latest advances in cancer diagnostics, treatment and research to Greer and surrounding communities. Services include … Medical Oncology/Hematology • Radiation Oncology • Radiation treatment • Chemotherapy and infusion Lab services • Research • Clinical trials • Supportive care services Learn more at ghs.org/cancer.

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