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Success Starts Here...Experience Greer

A Publication of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Important Area Contacts 8

Community 14 14 History of Greer From Jewel to Gem

18 Greer State Bank Celebrating 25 Years

19 The Heart of Greer Downtown Anchor of City

19 Greer is For Family City One of Best in SC

20 Greer Station Assoc Connecting Downtown

21 Family Festivals Fun Family Entertainment

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Local Government Spotlight 10

Economic

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24 The Inland Port 212 Miles from Shore

25 BMW and the Port Port Program Expansion

Education

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Healthcare

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38 J. Harley Bonds

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Job Skills Education

World-Class Treatment

40 Education Foundation 50 Greer Memorial Building a Brighter Future

Care for Generations

26 GSP Wingspan A Look at Renovations

28 Greer CPW Economic Health Partner

29 BMW Celebration Celebrating 20 Years

30 SC Works Linking Area Workers

31 Industrial Boom Business Park Success

32 Michelin Fund Assisting New Business

33 Mitsubishi Polyester Film, Inc. Celebrating 50 Years

35 Plans for the Future Partnership for Tomorrow

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Advertiser Index 20 BB&T 10 BMW 30

Citizens Building and Loan

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City of Greer

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D&D Motors

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Eastside Family YMCA

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GSP International Airport

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Greenville Health System

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Greenville Office Supply

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Greenville Technical College

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Greer CPW

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Greer State Bank

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Hospice of the Carolina Foothills

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Look Up Lodge

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Medical Group of the Carolinas

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Mitsubishi Polyester Film

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New Horizon Family Health Services

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North American Flags & Flagpoles

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North Greenville University

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Owens Insurance

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Palmetto Exterminators

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Southern Eye Associates

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Wild Ace Pizza & Pub

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This publication is proudly produced by: The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce 111 Trade Street Greer, S.C. 29651 864-877-3131 www.greerchamber.com Allen C. Smith

President /CEO allen@greerchamber.com

Mark E. Owens

Vice President mark@greerchamber.com

Patty Cornelius

Director of Administration patty@greerchamber.com

Jodi Fortenberry

Director of Your Business Development jodi@greerchamber.com

Katie Witherspoon

Director of Your News and Events katie@greerchamber.com

Debbie Bateman

Director of Accounting debbie@greerchamber.com

Lynn Pascazio

Director of Your Leadership and Professional Development lynn@greerchamber.com

Welcome to Greer On behalf of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Board and Board of Advisors, it is my pleasure to introduce this publication to you! What you hold in your hands is a collection of articles and information that we are confident will be most useful to you, as we look to highlight Greer as a premier community for new and existing businesses. As such, it has been thoughtfully produced with the spectrum of new, potential and existing residents all in mind.

As you turn the pages, I am confident you will agree that we are a community on the move. We have experienced Bunny S. Richardson Production Coordinator Jennifer Lowe Cobb Graphic Design Amy Clifton Keeley Contributing Photographer Steve Owens Contributing Photographer Todd Rogers Contributing Photographer Martin Printing Printer

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tremendous residential growth, and new capital investment, job creation and gross retail sales figures continue to impress. None of these are by accident. Yet with all of this progress, we are most proud to have maintained a small town charm and spirit, centered in kindness.

Whether personal or business pursuits have brought you to Greer, it is our hope and belief that once you experience it, you will stay.

Regards,

Ken Harper Chairman of the Board Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce

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IMPORTANT CONTACTS Greater Greer Contacts and Important Area Providers

Education

Greenville County School District 864-355-3100 www.greenville.k12.sc.us Spartanburg School District Five 864-949-2350 www.spart5.net

Emergency/Medical Services In case of emergency, dial 911 City of Greer Fire Department 864-848-2166 City of Greer Police Department 864-848-2151 Poison Control 800-222-1222 www.poison.sc.edu Health Department (Greer Services) 864-848-5360 www.scdhe.net Greer Memorial Hospital 864-797-8000 www.ghs.org Village Hospital 864-530-6000 www.villageatpelham.com Greenville Health System 864-455-8976 www.ghs.org Spartanburg Regional Medical 864-560-6000 www.spartanburgregional.com

Government Greer City Hall 864-848-2150 www.cityofgreer.org

Greer Municipal Court (864) 848-5374 www.cityofgreer.org

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Parks and Recreation (864) 848-2190 www.cityofgreer.org Public Services (864) 848-5374 www.cityofgreer.org Greenville County County Administrator 864-467-7105 www.greenvillecounty.org Spartanburg County Office of Administration 864-596-2526 www.spartanburgcounty.org

Transportation Amtrak 864-255-4221 www.amtrak.com

Greenville Downtown Airport 864-242-4777 www.greenvilledowntownairport.com Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport 864-877-7426 www.gspairport.com Greenlink Bus Service 864-467-5000 www.greenvillesc.gov/RideGreenlink/ Greyhound Bus Line 864-235-4060 www.greyhound.com Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport 864-596-2026 www.cityofspartanburg.org/airport

Utilities

Cable and Satellite AT&T DirectTV 1-800-288-1145 www.bellsouth.com

AT&T Dish Network 1-800-288-2020 www.bellsouth.com

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AT&T U-Verse 1-800-288-2020 www.bellsouth.com

Inter-Tel Technologies 1-800-722-1301 www.inter-tel.com

Charter Communications 1-877-906-9121 www.charter.com

Ram Technologies 864-879-1888 www.ramti.com

DirectTV 1-866-319-9828 www.directtv.com

Verizon 864-848-0804 www.verizonwireless.com

Dish Network 1-888-388-7787 www.dishnetwork.com

Windstream Communications 864-672-5000 www.business.windstream.com

Electricity

Water

Greer Commission of Public Works 864-848-5500 www.greercpw.com

Greer Commission of Public Works 864-848-5500 www.greercpw.com

Laurens Electric Cooperative 1-800-942-3141 www.laurenselectric.com

Startex-Jackson-Wellford-Duncan Water District 864-439-4423 www.sjwd.com

Duke Energy 1-800-777-9898 www.duke-energy.com

Piedmont Municipal Power Agency 864-877-9632 www.pmpa.com

Natural Gas

Greer Commission of Public Works 864-848-5500 www.greercpw.com Piedmont Natural Gas 1-800-752-7504 www.piedmontng.com

Telecommunications AT&T Residential: 1-800-288-2020 Business: 1-866-620-6000 Internet: 1-888-321-2375 www.bellsouth.com Earthlink 1-888-328-5885 www.earthlink.net

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Blue Ridge Rural Water Company 864-895-1719 www.brrwc.org

Waste Management and Sewer Service Greer Commission of Public Works 864-848-5500 www.greercpw.com

Waste Connections of the Carolinas 864-801-1436 www.wasteconnections.com Western Carolina Regional Sewer Authority 864-299-4039 www.wcrsa.org

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TwenTy years. One cOmmuniTy. As a proud member of the Greer community, BMW Manufacturing understands the importance of giving back. That’s why our continuous support for charities and contributions towards sustainable growth are such an essential part of who we are. With over 7,000 team members, 40 statewide suppliers, and more than 2,500,000 vehicles produced, we are continuing to help push our community—and our state—forward. To learn more about our community involvement, visit bmwusfactory.com. ©2013 BMW Manufacturing Co. The BMW name, model names and logo are registered trademarks.

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community Greer is the place to live, work and play.

NESTLED IN THE FOOTHILLS of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Greer is a family-friendly city that offers its citizens excellent schools and strong economic development. Surrounded by lakes, parks and trails, Greer offers families that love the outdoors a variety of activities.

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HISTORY OF GREER

Through the eyes of The Greer Citizen's former editor, author, and longtime resident Leland Burch Greer has not always been the crown jewel of the Upstate. In fact, Greer originated because of one community’s shortsightedness, and now thrives because of one visionary’s foresight. But for much of the intervening century, Greer existed like a jewel buried in a scrap bin. GREER’S ROOTS SPROUTED when the Southern Air Line Railroad was expanding rail service to connect Charlotte with Atlanta in the mid-1800s. The tracks were intended to pass near Reidville, a college town eight miles to the south. But Reidville farmers objected for fear that the noise of locomotives would disturb their goats. So the tracks were redirected to the north across farmland owned by Manning Greer. Once in place, the railroad began dropping

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off fertilizer and supplies at Greer’s farm, which became known as Greer’s Station. A town called Greers sprang up around the railway, soon becoming a center of commerce. Greers was incorporated with a municipal government in 1876, and the “s” was eventually dropped from the name.

3,000 employees. The others were Apalache, Greer and Franklin.

Textiles drove Greer’s early economy. Four textile mills, each surrounded by villages built for employees, sprang up in the early 1900s. Victor Mill was the largest, with as many as

Passenger trains were the major method of transportation during Greer’s first decades. Many rode the P&N Railway train to work or shop in Greenville and Spartanburg.

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bolts of cloth, spools of thread and racks of dress patterns for many women who made dresses and children’s clothing. Downtown had three drug stores-- McLeskeyTodd, Frierson’s and the Greer Drug Co. (Rexall) plus several restaurants and cafes including the Sanitary, Poinsett, and the Wayside Inn, which was located in Greer’s only hotel. A drive-in restaurant, Lewis’ on East Poinsett St., was a favorite hangout for teens. During the Great Depression, all local banks had failed. For many years afterwards, there was only one bank, the Bank of Greer that had been founded in Duncan and moved to Greer.

Public schools have always been important. An elementary school served each mill village: Victor, Apalache and Duke Street (for both Franklin and Greer Mill). Children who lived in the center of town attended Central Elementary on School Street. Built in 1905, Central originally included Greer High School, which dates back to at least 1895. Prior to that, Greer had a one-room school that opened in the early 1870’s and operated in various downtown locations. A $50,000 gift from the Davenport family was used to build Davenport High (technically Greer High) on Church Street in 1925. When that school opened, the 1905 building became Central Elementary.

In 1952, a new Greer High School was built on North Main Street. At the time, Greer City Schools was a district unto itself, one of 87 in the county. That facility became the Bonds Career Center after a new Greer High School campus was built on Gap Creek Road in 1998. Blue Ridge High is the 1954 consolidation of Mt. View and Jordan High Schools. Riverside High was built in 1972. People came from miles around to shop in downtown Greer during heydays of the 1940s and 50s. Sidewalks were crowded on Saturdays with folks who shopped at many retail stores including McClellan’s and Harper’s, known as five and dime stores. Department stores included The Leader, which had an entire second floor devoted to endless

Health care was more than adequate as physicians made house calls from the horseand-buggy days until the 1970s. In 1952, Greer built a hospital, Allen Bennett Memorial, through the persistence of Dr. Lewis M. Davis, Greer’s first surgeon, and with the donation of land by the B.A. Bennett family. Greer’s industry began to diversify around 1960 when Bowers Battery later Exide and then Homelite built manufacturing plants on South Buncombe Road. Greer’s history can be divided into two eras, like BC and AD. There is “Before BMW� (B-BMW), when Greer suffered from an identity crisis, and After BMW (A-BMW).

The B-BMW Era B-BMW was the era of “no respect.� Greer, which is divided between Greenville and Spartanburg counties, was deemed of no importance and often exploited. Whenever a gold nugget turned up in Greer’s path, it was snatched away. New malls in Greenville and Spartanburg wiped out the once-prosperous downtown retail business. Cheap imports shut down the textile mills. Another disaster occurred in 1952 when Greenville County consolidated schools into one huge district. At the time, Greer had its own school district, which was excellent. Although county residents voted against the proposal in an advisory referendum, the legislative delegation consolidated the schools anyway. Fearing that a long-planned new Greer High School would not be built after the

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consolidation, the Greer School Board met in continuous session around the clock for several days to award a construction contract. Even at that, the auditorium was not built until two years after the school opened, so there were no stage plays, concerts or graduation ceremonies. And Greer is the only high school in the county that had to build its own football stadium. Then Bell South discontinued Greer’s telephone directory, and added insult to injury by dispersing Greer phone numbers throughout the Greenville phone book. Former President Ronald Reagan’s visit brought Greer a long overdue 15 minutes of fame by attracting national television and newspaper coverage. On Feb. 6, 1980, Reagan spoke at the annual meeting of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce on his 69th birthday. The A-BMW Era Being located in two counties has also had a huge upside. Roger Milliken, a Spartanburg textile magnate and visionary, convinced Greenville industrialist Charles Daniel that the two counties should join resources to build an airport. Greer was the natural location, so the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport opened in 1962. The airport was the key factor in BMW’s decision to build an assembly plant in Greer

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A $50,000 gift from the Davenport family was used to build Davenport High (technically Greer High) on Church Street in 1925. some 30 years later. Although the BMW facility is referred to as the “Spartanburg Plant,” it is surrounded by the Greer City limits. The A-BMW Era has seen Greer become one of the the fastest growing cities in South Carolina. The City of Greer’s land mass now exceeds that of both Greenville and Spartanburg cities thanks to an aggressive annexation campaign led by former Mayor Don Wall. But being located in two counties still can cause conflict. In the late 1990s, Greer raised funds for a new branch library, which would be the first of ten to be built in Greenville County. But the Spartanburg Library System refused to contribute a dime even though a large percentage of Greer library users are Spartanburg County residents.

Greer’s Jean M. Smith Library became a reality, however, thanks to a generous contribution from State Senator J. Verne Smith. Sitting on the county line has been beneficial to Greer in Spartanburg Regional Hospital System and the Greenville Health System have built new health care campuses in Greer, so Greer has the best health care facilities of any city its size in the state. Dr. Wilson Nelson, retired pastor of the Greer First Baptist Church, says Greer is the ‘Center of the Universe.’ The claim has never been proven, but there is ample evidence. Primarily, Greer is a caring place. That was evident over a century ago when Greer established one of the state’s best public school systems and municipal utility services. In 1938, caring citizens launched Greer Relief and Resources to provide food, medicine and clothing for people trapped in emergency situations. Greer Community Ministries was founded in 1972 to provide Meals on Wheels to elderly, homebound residents. And in 1990, the Greer Soup Kitchen was started to feed the hungry. And Greer is the home of Kids Planet, a worldclass, handicapped accessible playground built by volunteers.

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Who is Verne Smith? And Why is His Name Scattered Throughout the Greer Area?

IF YOU ARE A NEWCOMER to the Greer area, you may wonder who is Verne Smith and why you see his name scattered throughout the area. Sen. J. Verne Smith represented the Greer area in the South Carolina Senate for 33 years from 1973 until he resigned from Senate in early 2006 because of health reasons. He died 18 months later on December 17, 2006 and only 29 days after the death of his beloved wife, Jean Myers Smith. He served in the Senate longer than any other senator in the history of Greenville County and not only represented the area as a legislator but was honored for his community service by the hundreds of organizations and agencies he worked with and the thousands of people he helped. You see his name on S.C. 80, which is called the Verne Smith Parkway and the Verne Smith Resource Center in downtown Greer, which is a one-stop human service center serving residents of Greenville and Spartanburg counties. And the library in Greer was made possible by a donation from the senator and is named the Jean M. Smith Library.

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Greer State Bank

Greer State Bank’s Beginning Was Preparation for Its Future Successes BEING BORN INTO ADVERSITY surely is not the ideal way for a fledgling bank to begin its life, but the trying experiences of its period of organization steeled Greer State Bank for growth into its role as Greer’s market leader and the many successes it has had as it approaches its twentyfifth anniversary in 2014. In March 1987, a group of twelve local businessmen met for the first time to discuss the feasibility of forming a new community bank dedicated to serving the needs of the Greer community. They soon decided that Greer did, indeed, deserve and need a community bank, so they proceeded with organizing what was to become Greer State Bank. But the organizers had to persevere through the difficult months following “Black Monday,” October 19, 1987 when the stock market fell 508 points and created a very uncertain environment for the sale of the required $4.4 million in bank capital through stock offerings. Seven months of determined effort yielded $4.8 million in capital, and the bank received its charter in August 1988.

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Greer State Bank, with thirteen employees, opened for business at its new banking office on West Poinsett Street on January 3, 1989, and grew to $25 million in total assets its first year. While meeting its goal of providing a comprehensive range of commercial and consumer financial services, the bank experienced tremendous success and growth over the next decade, establishing two branch offices on North Main Street and Buncombe Road in Greer, renovating and enlarging the main office, and reaching $100 million in

assets in its 100th month of operation. During this time, the bank, through its subsidiary Greer Financial Services and two certified financial planners, began offering financial planning and investments assistance. In August 2005, the bank entered into the Taylors market with the opening of the Taylors banking office on Wade Hampton Boulevard. It also continued to address the many changes in the banking industry and embraced technological advancements to be able to offer convenient access to services through its Internet banking site, its Telebanker telephone service, mobile banking, remote deposit capture, and ATMs. The bank was committed to adding these modern conveniences while continuing to provide prompt, professional attention with its staff of experienced, qualified, and caring bankers. Following the example of Dennis Hennett, one of Greer State Bank’s organizers and CEO who recently retired after more than twenty years of service at the bank, employees are active in supporting the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, the Greer Development Corporation, local schools, and many charitable and civic organizations. Through their civic involvement, they personify the belief that “Greer is not just in the bank’s name, but also in its heart.” While the story of Greer State Bank continues to be written, it is a certainty that the original vision of its organizers has been realized and, indeed, surpassed. So much has changed in 25 years, particularly in the growth and progress of the Greer community, but Greer State Bank has remained true to its original vision of “a better life for all” of those who have a relationship with the Greer community and its only locally- owned and locally- managed community bank.

Greer State Bank Locations: Greer State Bank 1111 West Poinsett St. 864-877-2000

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The Heart of Greer

Greer is For Family

City Hall, Park and Police/Court Complex The Heart of Greer

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EARLY IN THE CITY of Greer’s life, its leaders envisioned a gathering place for Greer’s citizens near the city center. It would be a place for residents to conduct their business, gather for celebrations, or simply to meet friends. More than a century later, in 2008, that vision became a reality when the City of Greer Municipal Complex opened in Greer Station. Greer City Hall, Greer City Park, and the Police and Court Complex have become so integral to city life that it’s difficult to envision them being in different locations. “This is the new heart of our city,” Mayor Rick Danner proclaimed. “Trade Street will continue to be the center of commerce in Greer, but you’ll continue to see the footprint of our downtown expand.” The historic downtown area expanded rapidly, adding a recreation element to its reputation as a business district. Twelve acres of green space and entertainment venues arrived with the opening of Greer City Park.

Greer Touted as One of the Best Cities for Young Families

Freedom Blast at Greer City Park, the annual celebration of the nation’s independence and tribute to the U.S. Armed Forces and veterans, has quickly become a tradition for many in the Upstate. Prior to the opening of the new Greer City Hall and the Police and Court Complex, city employees conducted business in 14 separate locations. The new complex, along with the City Operations Center on Pennsylvania Avenue, has combined staff members into just three locations. In five short years, residents have already discovered the benefits of the City of Greer Municipal Complex. That’s a trend that will continue well into the future according to City Administrator Ed Driggers. “There aren’t adequate words to describe what these projects mean for the City” he said. “The Police and Court Complex, the new Greer City Hall, and City Park were all built for the future. The opportunity for expansion will make these facilities an integral part of the city for many decades.”

THE CITY OF GREER has been named one of the best cities in South Carolina for young families by NerdWallet, a consumer advocacy website. The website sought to better inform young families and parents-to-be by analyzing cities and towns across the state according to five criteria: • • • • •

Public school ratings Median home value Cost of homeownership Median income Economic growth

“The City of Greer has been one of the state’s fastest-growing cities over the past decade and young families have comprised a large percentage of that growth,” said City Administrator Ed Driggers. “They have discovered that the city strives to always improve the quality of life for residents through such services as parks and recreation, special events, and a rapid response to needs. NerdWallet analyst Mike Anderson said, “Nestled at the foothills of the old Blue Ridge Mountains, Greer offers families that love the outdoors a multitude of activities. Surrounded by lakes, parks, and trails, it’s easy for families to maximize their time outdoors together. And the town’s Fourth of July ‘Freedom Blast’ is a firework display not to be missed." NerdWallet is a consumer-friendly financial literacy website that helps individuals make better financial decisions and set effective financial goals.

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Greer Station

Connects Businesses and Markets The Area The Greer Station Association is the connector between more than 80 businesses in the historic downtown and collaborates with the City of Greer, Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce and the Greer

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Development Corporation to promote the area. THE ASSOCIATION is refreshing downtown through new events, business awareness and streetscape improvements, and through these events and festivals, downtown Greer is becoming a destination point in the Upstate.

improvement and maintenance, fostering a community amongst merchants through networking events and monthly meetings, and marketing all that Greer Station has to offer businesses and customers.

The goals of Greer Station Association include attracting visitors downtown by offering discounts and scheduling events, creating an attractive downtown through landscape

In 2013, the Greer Station Association successfully completed the second year of its Tuesdays on Trade event series. This series attracts visitors downtown while allowing the merchants to show off what Greer has to offer. Events in the series ranged from Touch-A-Truck and Bicycle Night to Ghost Tours and Trick-orTreating. These events have attracted visitors of all ages and crowds of varying sizes, but they always manage to showcase a positive aspect of Greer’s community. The Greer Station Association also marketed the downtown’s offerings and events through various channels, including social media, banner ads, television appearances, print ads,

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and award-winning guides to shopping and dining in Greer Station. These efforts have helped bring awareness to what Greer Station has to offer and attract first-time visitors. For more information on the Greer Station Association visit www.greerstation.com, find them on Facebook, or call (864) 416-0125.

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Family Fun in Downtown Greer

Who is Wade Hampton?

Oktoberfest and Greer Family Fest introduce visitors to downtown.

THE GREER FAMILY FEST is truly a festival created by the community to celebrate family fun and 2014 will be its 39th anniversary. Held in May, it signals the beginning of summer with food, music and vendors scattered throughout downtown. Ushering in the fall is Oktoberfest with all things German. The holiday season begins with the lighting of the Christmas tree and singing of Christmas carols. AS THE CONNECTOR of Spartanburg and Greenville, Wade Hampton Boulevard is one of the most traveled roads in the Upstate. However, few know the storied history of its namesake. Born in Charleston in 1818, Wade Hampton III was born into a family of wealth and prestige. His grandfather, Wade Hampton I, served during the American Revolution and was an intermittent member of Congress from 1795 until 1805. His father, Wade Hampton II, was acting inspector-general and aide to General Andrew Jackson. Not to be outdone by familial successes, Wade Hampton III was elected to the South Carolina General Assembly in 1852, and served as a senator from 1858 to 1861. When the Civil War broke out, he resigned from the Senate and enlisted as a private in the South Carolina militia. Hampton organized, and partially financed, the unit known as “Hampton’s Legion.” By the end of the war, Hampton had been promoted to Lieutenant General and returned to South Carolina to help in the recruitment process. After surrendering, Hampton left politics to focus on rebuilding his war ravaged home. He had suffered devastating financial losses. He refused the 1865 nomination for governor, and instead became the chairman of the state Democratic Party in 1868.

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By 1876 Hampton had reentered politics, running for governor in opposition to the Reconstruction movement in the South. The election was a brutal one. Both parties claimed victory, leaving two legislatures in the state claiming to be authentic. The South Carolina Supreme Court eventually ruled in Hampton’s favor. After the election, Hampton was referred to as the “Savior of the South,” and was quickly reelected in 1878. He would go on to resign from the governorship to serve two terms in the U.S. Senate.

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development Greer offers a population that is young, diverse and educated.

GREER OFFERS MANY OPPORTUNITIES to live, work and play in one of the Southeast’s fastest growing markets. With a population of more than 245,300 within a 20-minute drive of the central historic downtown area and almost 1.5 million residents in the metropolitan area, the community offers an excellent location for businesses to succeed and citizens to enjoy a quality of life second to none. Success Starts Here. Experience Greer.

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THE INLAND PORT

SC Inland Port opens 212 miles from Charleston harbor Greer may have been a surprising site for the S.C. Ports Authority’s newest terminal, but in October 2013 it became just that. The newly opened South Carolina Inland Port (SCIP) links the Port of Charleston’s deep-water container terminals to the heart of the

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fastest-growing region of the Southeast and nearly 100 million consumers within 500 miles along the I-85 corridor. THE SCPA PURCHASED the site at the intersection of Verne Smith Parkway and Highway 290 in the early 1980s, but the idea was ahead of its time then. “This project’s time has come,” SCPA President and CEO Jim Newsome said at the SCIP groundbreaking ceremony, adding the Interstate 85 corridor is growing quickly. “Our port would not exist without the Upstate.” Plans to develop the terminal as a jointventure with Norfolk Southern and CentrePoint Properties was developed in 2012. The CenterPoint Intermodal Terminal south of Chicago, Illinois, is the third largest container terminal in the U.S. by volume and serves as a model for the SCIP. SCIP is a 90-acre terminal located 212 miles

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inland from the Port of Charleston and is expected to handle up to 40,000 container lifts a year initially with potential expansion to 100,000 containers annually. Norfolk Southern provides an overnight rail service, establishing a new rail ramp for intermodal freight in the Southeast. Rail allows importers and exporters to maximize tonnage moved per gallon of fuel, providing both environmental benefits and cost savings. Shippers in the Upstate will also benefit from proximate access to empty containers for loading export goods and the availability of intermodal chassis on site. Market access is another attractive aspect of the Greer location. From this hub, customers will have access to not just water, rail and truck transportation capabilities, but also the

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Greenville Spartanburg Airport (GSP). With the rise of e-commerce, that’s a good place to be. An e-commerce facility could choose to import materials through the Port of Charleston, transport the cargo via rail to the SCIP, move it by truck to an Upstate fulfillment center and finally ship it through GSP to customers nationally and internationally. An e-commerce facility could choose to import materials through the Port of Charleston, transport the cargo via rail to the SCIP, move it by truck to an Upstate fulfillment center and finally ship it through GSP to customers nationally and internationally. For the Upstate,

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the SCIP offers connectivity to the global marketplace that did not exist one year ago. BMW Manufacturing Co. was the facility’s launch customer, and John Deere was recently announced as another exporter taking advantage of the Inland Port.

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“The easy movement of freight is critical in our industry,” said Jack Ellenberg, Senior Vice President of Economic Development and Special Products. “And with the addition of the Inland Port, we think we’re in the ideal position to do it. It ultimately allows us to redefine what ‘near port’ means and provides companies the opportunity to have costeffective supply chains.” The $50 million site is part of the SCPA’s 10 year, $1.3 billion capital plan that includes improvements to existing port facilities and construction of new facilities. In addition to the Inland Port, the 280acre Navy Base Terminal is scheduled to come online in 2019, enabling the Port of Charleston to increase capacity by 50 percent and meet growing demand in the Southeast as an export base and consumption market. Progress is also underway for Charleston Harbor Post-45, an effort to deepen the Charleston Harbor to 50 feet. The SCPA is responsible for more than 260,800 jobs and $45 million annual economic impact in the state. In Greer, the port represents more than just moving cargo. “This is about driving economic development,” said Ellenberg. “The biggest impact of this facility will ultimately be outside the terminal gates. Companies who want to be near-port will look to the Upstate in part because of what we’re doing in Greer.” Newsome praised the city of Greer and the Upstate for their dedication to the project. “The inland port would not have happened without the can-do attitude of the City of Greer and other local entities,” said Jim Newsome. “We have formed a valuable partnership which will bring big benefits in the future as far as the economic development of the area.”

BMW MANUFACTURING WILL BE a frequent user of the South Carolina Inland Port in Greer. In fact, BMW was the first customer of the Inland Port in October 2013 with the shipment of parts containers that included engines and transmissions for the plant’s X3, X5, and X6 models. The Inland Port will also play a major role as BMW expands its export program to emerging markets. Since 2011, BMW has shipped parts and components for its X3 Sports Activity Vehicle to Russia, Thailand, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Egypt. The parts and components are then assembled at small BMW facilities in those countries. Now BMW will expand its export operations to include the third-generation X5. To support this expansion, BMW has moved from its 156,000 square-foot facility in Duncan, SC, to a new 413,000 square-foot building adjacent to the Inland Port. “Our export program enables BMW to invest in new markets where we see potential for future growth,” said Manfred Erlacher, president of BMW Manufacturing. “Demand for our X3 has nearly doubled in the past three years, and we believe the X5 will be just as popular.” The majority of parts and components shipments prepared for export at this new facility will be railed via sea container from the Inland Port to the Port of Charleston. The new location is ideal because it allows BMW to re-use sea containers that have been used to ship parts into the plant from non-NAFTA markets. Once the sea containers are unloaded at the plant, they can be returned to BMW’s export operation to be loaded and railed back to the Port of Charleston. Over 9,000 sea containers are forecasted to be used for this program in 2014. This efficiency eliminates interstate traffic from Greer to Charleston and avoids the return of empty containers. BMW will continue to partner with syncreon to manage the company’s warehousing and logistics operations at the new facility. They will package the parts and components and prepare them for shipment to emerging markets.

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GSP WINGSPAN

A Closer Look at the Airport Renovation The next time you’re heading out of town, or even picking someone up after a flight, you’re likely to notice differences

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around Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP). These renovations are a part of WINGSPAN, the airport’s four-year Terminal Improvement Program. Through WINGSPAN, GSP will become one of the most operationally capable and efficient airports of its size. The program’s objectives are five-fold: increase capacity, improve efficiency, incorporate safety processes, integrate sustainable practices and impact the economic landscape. WINGSPAN is scheduled to take 48 months, broken down into three primary phases: enabling work, building core construction and project wrap-up. Mechanical and electrical systems overhaul will be completed throughout each phase of the program.

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The enabling projects include relocating the Rental Car Customer Center, expanding the concourses, constructing the North Wing for temporary airline facilities and renovating the baggage claim area. The new Rental Car Customer Center in Garage A has brought all rental car operations and services under one roof, making it easier and more efficient for travelers. Phase 2 involves significant changes to the airport infrastructure and service offerings. The most dramatic development is the construction of the Grand Hall that includes

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a new food, beverage and retail concessions area. To date, the concession offerings that have been announced are Chick-fil-A, Greenleafs Grille, Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins. On the retail side, Hudson News has also signed on. An additional restaurant, Thomas Creek Grill, will be a part of the Concourse A and B renovation. Phase 2 will also see the renovation of the existing ticketing lobby, new Customer Service booths, new Landside Garden, new baggage screening equipment and facilities and security checkpoint consolidation and relocation. The final “project wrap up” phase expands internal resources with the construction of new administrative offices and increases the airport’s convention and tourism offerings with the construction of an on-site Conference Center. Using smart resources and solutions throughout all phases, GSP will be renovated with long-term sustainability in mind. These environmentally responsible efforts include

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heating water via solar energy, harvesting rain water for non-potable use and utilizing regional materials. Additionally, the airport will reduce its dependence on electric lighting by increasing the number and size of windows and installing an automated system to turn off lights when no movement is detected.

The GSP International Airport has always had a major economic impact on the Upstate of South Carolina. The $115 million WINGSPAN program will further enhance economic growth at the airport and throughout the region. Airport funds will cover 80 percent of the program, and the remaining 20 percent

of funding will come from a combination of the Federal Aviation Administrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program Fund and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). No local taxpayer dollars will be used to fund any portion of the program. Additionally, many local contractors and vendors are participating in this program thereby ensuring the circulation of local dollars within the community. GSP has been a draw to the Upstate for many large companies in the past, and an improved airport facility will help ensure continued growth and development of the Upstate. The first WINGSPAN project began in June 2012 and is scheduled to be completed in first quarter 2016. WINGSPAN focuses on the overall experience for travelers and visitors â&#x20AC;&#x201C; delivering needed renovations, but also striving to keep the authenticity and community feel that has made GSP the beloved airport it is today. For more information and to keep up-to-date on the latest WINGSPAN happenings, visit elevatingtheupstate.com.

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Greer CPW

A Key Partner in the Area’s Economic Health

THE GREER COMMISSION of Public Works maintains a vital role in the economic success of the area. In February 1913, the Greer City Council issued bonds to establish the Greer Commission of Public Works (CPW), and CPW has consistently brought low cost, highly reliable electric, natural gas, water and sewer utilities to the community. Greer CPW is today a larger than average sized public power utility and the 185th largest public power utility in the U.S. out of 2010 total.

Greer CPW gets a strong rating for supply today and in the foreseeable future. In the recent past, dependency on nuclear power was considered a liability but in today’s environment of lowering the utility’s carbon footprint, it is considered a strength. In general, Greer CPW’s utility operations are well run, utilizing state of the art equipment

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The CPW has always been a major partner with the City of Greer, Greer Development Corporation, Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce and Partnership For Tomorrow.

Commercial and industrial growth is a priority and Greer CPW has taken several steps to facilitate this growth. Greer CPW, in partnership with Piedmont Municipal Power Agency (PMPA), plays a positive role in economic development through the creation of an economic development rate available for new commercial and industrial customers.

and software solutions. Greer CPW is governed by an independent Commission of Public Works Board of Commissioners. Rates for Greer CPW customers are very competitive across all customer classes when compared to other South Carolina utilities. The CPW Board of Commissioners is completely responsible for rate changes. CPW’s administrative functions are strong and worthy of recognition. Zero audit exceptions in recent annual audits indicate the clean and up to date administrative and accounting processes. Greer CPW has received an unsolicited bond rating of A-plus. Lake Cunningham and Lake Robinson provide an ample supply of drinking water and process water for the City of Greer now and well into the future. Enough excess capacity within the lakes and in the delivery system allows service to new industry with water demands exceeding one million gallons per day. Providing and maintaining adequate utility capacity is vital when attracting commercial and industrial growth and jobs to the area. Greer CPW has also taken steps to insure that the utility and its employees play an active role in the vitality of the community by supporting community organizations in Greer.

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BMW Celebration

BMW Celebrates 20 Years in Upstate South Carolina

AS BMW MANUFACTURING enters 2014, the reality of 20 years of producing vehicles for the world in Upstate South Carolina is just setting in. BMW has experienced phenomenal growth and success during that time, and 2014 promises to be one of the company’s most remarkable years.

The arctilce and photos were provided by BMW Manufacturing Co.

As announced in 2012, the plant will increase capacity to keep pace with global demand, add a brand new vehicle to its model lineup, and add even more jobs to its sprawling 1,150-acre campus. “It is remarkable to see the growth of this plant over the past twenty years,” said Manfred Erlacher, president of BMW Manufacturing. “We’re proud of the positive impact we have had in this community and the quality of the vehicles our associates produce.” It was in January 1994 when the first production associates began working at BMW Manufacturing. By July, the first 500 associates moved into the new 1.2 million square-foot facility.

BMW Z3 and Z4 Roadsters and the plant’s current models – the BMW X3 and X5 Sports Activity Vehicles and the BMW X6 Sports Activity Coupe. “In 2014, we will welcome the all-new BMW X4 Sports Activity Coupe to our family,” said Erlacher. “I am confident the X4 will be just as successful as our other X-models.” To prepare for this new vehicle, BMW has invested $900 million in the plant to add 1.6 million square feet, including a new body shop, new paint shop, and additional logistics space. It is the largest single investment made by BMW to date in its South Carolina factory and the fifth major expansion at the site. As a result, the plant’s size will grow to 5.6 million square feet, and its annual volume will increase to 350,000 units by the end of 2014.

produce more than 1,000 vehicles per day. About 70 percent of the plant's production is exported to global markets, making BMW Manufacturing one of the largest automotive exporters from the United States to the world. An important part of BMW Manufacturing’s success is its strong supplier base. BMW’s North American supplier network includes 170 companies from Canada, Mexico, and several U.S. states. “Relationships are critical when building a company based on quality and efficiency,” Erlacher said. “At BMW, we recognize that the key to our global success comes from our diverse group of committed global partners.” About 40 suppliers are now located in South Carolina within a few hours’ drive from the plant, creating more than 10,000 jobs and expanding the economic impact of BMW in the area.

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East Meets West Greer Mayor Travels to China On Economic Development Trips

GREER MAYOR RICK DANNER traveled twice last year to China to introduce the area to China and then to capitalize on China’s interests as a result of the South Carolina Ports Authority’s Inland Port in Greer and educational opportunities in the Upstate. The second trip took Danner and the delegation to Hengshui and Handan. “It was a very purposeful trip and a real opportunity with education,” Danner said. He said the inland port piqued the visitors’ interests in commerce when the city hosted a lunch for the business and community leaders from Handan. “China has inland ports and they work with them. When they saw the inland port the conversation quickly changed to economic questions.”

SC WORKS

Linking Potential Workers to Businesses Key to Area’s Success THE UPSTATE WORKFORCE Investment Board (Upstate WIB) plays a key role in the workforce and economic development arenas by linking a myriad of employment, training, community, and educational services into a comprehensive system. The Upstate WIB continues to improve the economic vitality of the area through its activities, programs and policies. The Upstate WIB’s flagship product, SC Works Upstate, provides job seekers and employers in Cherokee, Spartanburg, and Union Counties a central location to receive an array of workforce services. And the Upstate WIB and the Greenville WIB partner to serve the Greater Greer area. The primary goal of SC Works Upstate is to provide services to facilitate the attainment of meaningful employment. This is accomplished through making the connection between job seekers and employers. The SC Works staff truly screen individuals for the jobs to which they are referred. The primary customer is the business customer. The centers offer an array of career planning, education and employment services. In

addition to the centers, SC Works also has access points, including a presence in the area libraries, and other locations throughout the region. For the employer, some services include access and assistance with recruitment and pre-screening, using the state’s largest job searching database, at no cost to the employer. SC Works staff members stand ready to offer hiring events for businesses whether the event is small or large. For the job seeker, some of these services include guidance with the process to file unemployment insurance claims, resume development, career and education planning, workforce skills training, and a variety of workshops. The workforce for the Upstate WIB’s region is one of the most important assets and catalysts for increased economic opportunities. To that regard, the community as a whole must continue to educate and train citizens for current and future opportunities. For more information, log onto the organization’s website at www.upstatewib.org.

The educational part of the trip resulted when Danner was invited to observe 34 students from China who spent a week at McCracken Middle School in Spartanburg last August. Another group of students, from Handan, visited Spartanburg High School’s Freshman Academy and Spartanburg High students visited China over the summer. Teachers from Spartanburg County and throughout the state spent five weeks visiting an American high school in China modeled after Spartanburg High School.

The article and photo were provided by the Upstate Workforce Investment Board.

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Industrial Boom

Caliber Ridge Industrial Park, Velocity Park And Gateway International Business Park Blossom High demand for industrial space in Greer prompted tremendous new industrial development opportunities in 2013. Areas such as Caliber Ridge, Velocity Park, and Gateway International Business

The article and photos were provided by The Greer Development Corporation.

Park were in prime position to capture these opportunities and to build new capacity for future projects. CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW 156,000 square foot Class A industrial building in Caliber Ridge Industrial Park in Greer will be completed in early 2014. A project of the Liberty Property Trust, Caliber Ridge is a Class A Industrial Park featuring tilt up wall panel construction, 28-foot ceilings, multiple dock high and grade level access points, ESFR sprinklers, and

aggressive tenant improvement packages. Caliber Ridge has been approved for Foreign Trade Zone status. AL Solutions, Inc., a distributor of filtration products for the automotive aftermarket, announced that it would locate a new manufacturing facility in about 50,000 square feet of this space, leaving 104,000 square feet of speculative space available. Velocity Park continued its development path in 2013. As the only site in Greer certified by the South Carolina Department of Commerce as a South Carolina Certified Site, Velocity Park enjoyed heavy interest in 2013 from a variety of industrial and data center users representing companies across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Selected as a Focus Site for a Fiber Technology Analysis by ECC Technologies, Velocity Park further improved its marketability by completely mapping the fiber locations and capacity for five providers

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offering fiber optic service to Velocity Park. Gateway International Business Park continues to provide opportunities for new and expanding industry. Complementing the recent expansion of A&E Engineering into 40,000 square feet at Brookshire Road and Suburban Park Drive, Valley Grinding announced its expansion to Greer in 2013. Based in Wisconsin, Valley Grinding provides cutting tool services for the paper and plastics industries. With the ability to serve multiple targeted industries from advanced manufacturing to automotive to transportation, distribution and logistics, Greerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s developing industrial parks like Caliber Ridge, Velocity Park, and Gateway International Business Park should provide tremendous opportunity for the growing Greer market.

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Michelin Fund

Collaboration Establishes Loan Fund for Existing and New Businesses WHEN GREATER GREER CHAMBER President Allen Smith learned about the Michelin Development Fund, he thought the Greer area needed this “access to capital” so he contacted John Tully, president of Michelin Development. Tully agreed to match any funds raised in Greer so Smith’s next step was to present the idea to Mayor Rick Danner, City Manager Ed Driggers and Greer Development Corporation Executive Director Reno Deaton.

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They agreed it was the right move and asked Greer City Council to approve a $100,000 contribution to the Michelin Development Fund, which was approved unanimously. “It is a model of sustainability for our community,” Danner said. The Michelin Development Fund is geared to providing loans to businesses within the Greer city limits or those businesses locating within the city limits. Michelin will match the fund for an initial investment of $200,000, said Tully, The loan, offered at prime plus two percent, will be capped at $50,000. The money will be loaned through a Bank and Trust. Michelin Development will be the administrator and coordinate the process. Business classes, Quick Books and other resources will be available through Michelin. For more information, visit www. michelindevelopment.com.

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Mitsubishi Polyester Film

The article and photos were provided by Mitsbubishi Polyester Film, Inc.

Greer Plant Reaches 50 Year Milestone

THE YEAR WAS 1964, the place 125 acres of weeds in a town called “Greer, South Carolina”. During that year – in that town – a manufacturing plant began, bringing together a most varied assortment of people to make a product called “Polyester Film”.

we were amazed because we never saw anything move that fast. I never thought I’d see the day when we would have production lines running over 1000 feet per minute, making rolls of film over 100 inches wide, weighing over 4000 pounds.”

It all started as a project to transfer a film plant in Dumfries, Scotland into a Celanese plant somewhere in the Carolinas. Site selection was one of the project team’s first tasks. After surveying several communities, the Greer location was selected. Factors influencing the decision included the availability of well-trained employees, a strong technical education system, transportation, infrastructure, proximity to other Celanese plants and the overall quality of life in the area.

The plant began with 100 employees in a 95,000-square-foot building with two production lines. Today the plant employs over 600 people in a one-million-square-foot facility with 12 production lines on 190 acres.

The plant was announced in June 1963 with construction starting later that year. Hiring began in 1964 and about 100 employees were on site to start up the plant. Through much dedication and hard work, the first piece of film was produced on November 5, 1964. “The first day we made film we ran the line at 40 feet per minute, the rolls were 13 inches wide and weighed less than 50 pounds,” said Howard Hrbek, one of the slitting supervisors recalling the first production day. “When we finally got the line up to 200 feet per minute,

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The site strives to continually improve productivity and to constantly develop new products. In addition, the site’s ownership recognizes the value of the business and invests in equipment upgrades to increase output and improve capabilities. “Constantly innovating has been and will continue to be a key to the success of our

business in Greer,” said CEO Dennis Trice. “Polyester film has been a good platform for many higher value products over the years from video tapes in the past to many new industrial and electronic applications today. By keeping abreast of the changing market trends and then introducing new innovative products for new emerging applications, we have been able to adjust and prosper in an ever changing competitive global market.” Bill Radlein, president and chief operating office, said “it is rare in the US these days for a company to manufacture the same product in the same location for more than 50 years. But Polyester Film is a highly technical product that is positioned well when compared with other engineered films. With our technology and the skill of our people, we always have opportunities to differentiate and bring value to our customers. Also the support we receive from the Greer community as well as the state of South Carolina provides us with the advantages to help us complete in a global environment. “Mitsubishi is committed to the plant in Greer. We will utilize this support to strengthen our business as we continue to search for the next big applications for PET films.”

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Partnership for Tomorrow

A New Home

Successful Year Includes Plans for the Future

Century 3 Global Moves Into Former State Auto Building in Downtown

2013 MARKED ANOTHER successful year in the Partnership for Tomorrow’s 14 years as the organization tasked as the Greer community’s chief collaborator. Formed in 1998 following discussions at a Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce retreat, the Partnership for Tomorrow brings the City of Greer, Greer Commission of Public Works, Greater Greer Chamber, Greer Development Corporation, and private businesses together to focus on projects and a common program of work dealing with Community Development, Economic Development, and Quality of Life issues. In 2013, the Partnership for Tomorrow served as a sponsor of Greer Family Fest and Greer's Oktoberfest conducted by the Chamber. The Partnership for Tomorrow similarly improved Greer’s public art scene by supporting through sponsorship the annual juried arts show conducted by Greer Cultural Arts called, "Greer Through the Ages."

CENTURY 3 GLOBAL, a locally owned company with an international focus, has acquired the 65,000-square-foot former State Auto Building following State Auto’s relocation of operations to Nashville, Tenn.

On the economic development front, Partnership for Tomorrow investments in economic development efforts in Greer have resulted in the creation of 1,400 new jobs in the five year phase referred to as “Progress in Motion.” That number will exceed 2,000 new jobs before this phase of the Partnership concludes. Those investments have similarly led to $171,700,000 in new capital investments in the Greer Community through 2012. With projects announced in 2013, that number will exceed $200,000,000. Finally, the Partnership for Tomorrow’s investments in economic development programs have led to the creation of more than $33 million in new payroll in the Greer community for this five year phase.

The former State Auto building located on a picturesque campus-like setting at 112 S. Main Street in historic downtown Greer has been an important asset for the Greer community for many years. And the acquisition by Century 3 has been celebrated as a huge success for Greer.

Perhaps most notably, though, is the work that the Partnership for Tomorrow has done to prepare and to plan for the vitality of the Greer community for years to come. In 2013, the Partnership for Tomorrow began the process of drafting a new Community Master Plan to determine Greer’s path forward to 2030. The Partnership solicited Requests for Qualifications from consulting groups in early 2013. Pairing 12 initial responses down to a list of four finalists, the Partnership for Tomorrow’s Community Master Plan Steering Committee interviewed the finalists and selected a consulting group to prepare the Master Plan through a formal Request for Proposals process.

Century 3 designs, builds and relocates industrial facilities for leaders in global industry throughout the United States, China, Southeast Asia and across the globe. Century 3 Inc. was founded in Greer, South Carolina and has established locations in North America, China and Southeast Asia with more than 900 employees. With more than 36 years of experience, Century 3 has delivered value to more than 400 clients worldwide through more than 4,000 projects. Century’s clients are Fortune 500 companies such as BMW, 3M, Milliken, Coca-Cola, as well as services to well-known Chinese companies like Cherry, Hamilton Sundstrand and more.

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The article and photos were provided by the Greer Development Corporation.

With contract negotiation completed, the consulting group began its work in December 2013. Following a comprehensive public engagement process throughout the Spring and Summer of 2014, the Partnership for Tomorrow will present the final Community Master Plan in December 2014.

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In just a short time in their new building, Century 3 has organized multiple visits to Greer from a variety of companies, industry professionals and site selection consultants representing interests in China, Southeast Asia, and across the United States. With some capacity remaining at 112 S. Main Street, Century 3 will entertain opportunities to lease space to these international companies looking for new space to begin new and expanded operations in the United States. With the benefits of being located close to the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, and the new South Carolina Inland Port in Greer, Century 3 is positioned to further enhance Greer’s economic vitality.

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EDUCATION ALWAYS HAS BEEN important to the citizens of Greer. In the early 1870s, Greer had a one-room school. Today Greer is served by 27 schools in two school districts, Greenville County and Spartanburg District Five as well as three universities.

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GOT SKILLS? WE DO. J. Harley Bonds Career Center Offers Job Training Twenty years ago, vocational centers offered students the opportunity to train for jobs right out of high school. Since that The article was provided by J. Harley Bonds Career Center and photos were taken by Susan Clarke.

time, vocational centers have given way to career and technology centers that train students in college and career readiness skills. THE J. HARLEY BONDS Career Center, located in downtown Greer, is one of four such centers in the Greenville County School District.

classrooms. The center currently serves more than 500 students from Blue Ridge, Eastside, Greer, Riverside, and Wade Hampton high schools.

Previously known as Foothills Career Center, the center was officially renamed in 2001 in commemoration of. J. Harley Bonds, who served for more than fifty years as a Greenville County School Board member. The career center occupies the first floor of the former Greer High School along with several other district and community programs housed on the upper floors.

Today’s career and technology centers prepare students for college and career opportunities by providing training in the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in career pathways grouped by occupation around 16 Career Cluster areas. Bonds Career Center offers programs in 9 of the 16 Career Clusters. Students at Bonds Career Center earn two units of elective credit per semester. Many programs offer early college credit and the equivalent of Advanced Placement (AP) credit. Second-year classes that are not dual credit award Honors-level credit at the high school.

Renovations of career center classrooms and offices were completed in 2002, and a new 40,000-square-foot shop building was added. Two more renovations added 8,200 square feet of classroom and shop space to the main building, 3,000 square feet for a welding facility with 50 welding booths, and 2,400 square feet for three health science

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Hospitality & Tourism

Information Technology

Culinary Arts is an in-

The Computer Service

Health Science

Health Science courses

depth study of food safety,

Technology program and

include Medical Terminology,

preparation, serving, menu

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Pharmacology, Anatomy

planning, accounting, and hospitality. Students operate

offer students entry-level

and Human Biology. The

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Gerontology program prepares students to

an on-site catering service and can earn

of computers. Most students in this area

become Certified Nursing Assistants through

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pursue two- or four-year degrees in computer-

completion of on-site training at a local nursing

related fields. Students can earn CompTIA

facility. The Sports Medicine program teaches

A+ certification and CCENT (Cisco Certified

students to assess and rehabilitate athletic

Business Management & Administration

Entry Networking Technician) certification. In

injuries. Students in this program earn First

The Webpage Development

the Animated Computer Production program,

Aid, CPR, and AED certifications. College credit

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students learn how to create and deliver

is available through Spartanburg Community

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interactive content using Adobe Flash and

College. The PLTW Biomedical Science courses

implementing, and maintaining

create engaging 3D digital imagery, scenes

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a website. Students use HTML, Adobe

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research or high-level medical degrees.

Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Photoshop.

software. Students typically pursue college

Students typically advance to two- or four-

degrees related to computers.

year degrees in computer-related fields.

Architecture & Construction

Human Services

Manufacturing

The Manufacturing Cluster

Cosmetology is a two-year

The Building Construction

offers the Welding Technology

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program provides students

program and the Machine

students to become licensed

with basic skills in carpentry, electrical, masonry, and

Cosmetologists, while Esthetics

Tool Technology program. The Welding program trains students in the

prepares students to become licensed

plumbing the first year and specialization in

art of shielded metal, gas tungsten, and gas

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a particular area the second year. NCCER

metal arc welding. The Machine Tool program

skills needed to properly care for hair, skin, and

credentials and cooperative education

emphasizes manual and computer-assisted

nails. The Cosmetology program runs a full-

opportunities with area businesses are

design and manufacturing. Local businesses

service salon on site.

available.

offer apprenticeships with paid college incentives and guaranteed jobs to qualified

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

In the Horticulture program,

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

applicants.

The Automotive Technology

The Mechatronics Engineering program

students complete local

program offers students the

allows students to apply science and math

landscaping projects and

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skills to challenging engineering problems

run an on-site greenhouse

student certification in MLR

in a high-tech environment. This is a

(Maintenance and Light

highly sought-after skill set that has many

featuring public plant sales throughout the year. The Animal Science program provides

Repair) and Electrical/Electronic Systems.

employers offering apprenticeships with paid

training in caring for and marketing small and

Through AYES, a nationally recognized

college opportunities to graduates. In the

large animals. Students receive real-world

program of the National Automobile Dealers

Mechanical & Architectural Design program,

experience through the on-site grooming

Association, students shadow, intern and

students learn the basics of both manual

facility offering services to the public.

complete cooperative education opportunities

and computer-aided drafting and design

at area dealerships.

(AutoCAD).

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Greer Education Foundation

Foundation Uses Grants, Scholarships to Build a Brighter Future The Greater Greer Education Foundation is becoming a major force in the community and changing the lives of many young people along the way. THE FOUNDATION, which awards grants and scholarships to students, schools and community projects in the Greater Greer Area, is spearheaded by a talented group of volunteers who care about their community and the people who live here. And in this economy, they also know that a lot of students and a lot of schools are hurting for money. If it were not for the foundation, 39 bright, young students might not have had the opportunity to continue their education during the past three years. And 36 grants meant that schools could continue or start new projects to engage their students. The scholarships and grants for the past three years total $57,650. All the money comes from donations and money from the Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Education Gala, which in October 2013 raised $42,235.

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Dr. Colleen Keith, president of Spartanburg Methodist College, joined the Foundation board this year because she believes strong schools and a well-educated population ultimately results in the growth of wages, personal income and the economy and leads to community involvement and improved quality of life. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I heard someone say once that â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;water gives life; but education gives hope.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; The Greater Greer Education Foundation focuses on giving hope by supporting young people through scholarships and providing resources for teachers. Through its efforts, the Foundation is a catalyst for greater good. We are blessed to have this group caring for our community,â&#x20AC;? Keith said. The scholarships, ranging from $500 to $1,000, go to students who are pursuing careers in fields such as welding, surgical

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Area Schools Helped by GGEF In Greenville County the schools helped by the GGEF are: Blue Ridge High Blue Ridge Middle Greer High Greer Middle Riverside High Riverside Middle Brook Glenn Elementary Brushy Creek Elementary Buena Vista Elementary

technology, radiology, culinary arts, cosmetology, mechanical engineering, criminal justice, medical billing and coding, art and music.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;All of this is the result of the $1,000 grant from the Foundation. It does not take huge amounts of money to have a large impact on the children of our communities.â&#x20AC;?

Some of the grants have funded programs such as reading skills, physical fitness, literacy education, international diversity, business enterprise, technology, music education, sign language, social skills and individualized tutoring.

Neel is now the speech director for Greenville County Schools.

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The Foundation was created in 2009 when the Board of Directors changed the mission of the Greer Chamber of Commerce Foundation to focus on education. Margaret Burch, an education advocate who served the Greer area on the Greenville County School Board for 20 years, was asked to serve as the first executive director. Margaret has served as Board Chairman since 2011.

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Peggy Neel received a grant from the Foundation in 2012 while a speech language pathologist at Woodland Elementary School. The grant was for $1,000 to purchase an iPad, accessories and apps to use with screenings, therapy and data collection. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I immediately began using the iPad in therapy and my students responded in ways that I had anticipated, but also in ways that I did not imagine,â&#x20AC;? Neel said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The students were very motivated to use the iPad, but it also motivated them to selfâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;monitor their sound production and fluency skills.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The people and businesses of this community have embraced our mission and vision and launched us on a grand journey,â&#x20AC;? Burch said. â&#x20AC;?Education is the key to the future of our children and the growth and prosperity of our community." The board impacts the community in many ways.

She said the grant also allowed her to improve her record keeping, reduced the need for paper, engaged students of all ages and disabilities and involved the parent in a helpful way.

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In Spartanburg School District 5, the schools served by the GGEF are: James F. Byrnes High James F. Byrnes Freshman Academy D.R. Hill Middle Beech Springs Intermediate Duncan Elementary Reidville Elementary Abner Creek Academy Lyman Elementary

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Greenville Tech Greer Campus

Greenville Tech is growing with Greer

When railroad lines were built around Greenville in the late 1800s, a station was established 12 miles east of the city, and the new town of Greer was incorporated. Education soon came to the village with the first school, where classes were taught by Sallie Cannon, as lots were sold, a general store opened for

The article and photographs were provided by the Greer campus of Greenville Technical College.

business, two doctors established practices, and the Bank of Greer opened its doors. OVER THE YEARS, the area became home to some of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest names in business and industry. From BMW to Michelin North America and Mitsubishi Polyester, business has built Greer, and Greer has provided a welcoming environment for growth. Greenville Tech entered the scene in 1996, establishing a Greer Campus so that people in the surrounding area would have the opportunity to learn where they lived, and businesses would have a ready supply of skilled employees. Once surrounded by land and livestock, the campus is now part of a thriving community where it serves as an established landmark for visitors to the area. Announcements such as the opening of an inland port in the area mean further growth for Greer. Greenville Technical Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Greer Campus is ready to supply the skills needed for job openings created by this anticipated growth. At the Greer Campus, students learn what they need to be well-prepared for careers in Health

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Information Management, Massage Therapy, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Personal Trainer, Pharmacy Technician, Physical Therapist Assistant, and Visual and Performing Arts, or to get started on a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree and transfer.

Bob Houde graduated from Clemson University with a political science degree and spent the next eight years in real estate, flipping and renovating houses. When the housing market crashed in 2008, it was time to rethink his path, and Bob decided to use the opportunity to challenge himself in a more fulfilling career.

The Greer Campus offers all the tools needed for academic success. An open computer lab, library, bookstore, math and writing centers, tutoring, quiet study areas, personal and career counseling, student clubs and organizations are among the benefits offered.

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Once she graduated from Greenville Tech in 2012, she had several interviews. Now she works in the health and wellness center at BMW, treating patients with complaints including shoulder sprains, lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), and other ailments. She also completes essential functional testing for the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pre-hires.

the better my comprehension of the material, the easier my transition to actual employment in the OT field would be,â&#x20AC;? he said.

person leave for home after the recovery process is a truly fulfilling and meaningful experience every single time,â&#x20AC;? he said.

Three months after passing his boards, Bob landed a position at Golden Living in Hendersonville, NC., an opportunity that would allow him to work close to home. Bob enjoys watching the progress his short-term rehab residents make. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being a part of a personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recovery is an obligation and an honor that I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take lightly. Watching a

Katie Lawson, a graduate of the Physical Therapist Assistant program, works with patients in a different setting. Like Bob, she earned a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree but found that she needed additional education to land a job. She chose the PTA program after her brother had arthroscopic knee surgery and she attended one of his therapy sessions.

Students come to the Greer Campus to start out in a field. Others enroll to start over. Katie enjoys helping patients improve. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I enjoy treating patients and watching how I, as a PTA, can help them in their rehabilitation process,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I enjoy my therapy team at BMW as well because we all get along and are there to support and help each other learn.â&#x20AC;?

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North Greenville University Quality Graduate Education in your Backyard

This article was provided by North Greenville University.

NORTH GREENVILLE UNIVERSITY, which was established in 1892 as a mission to the area’s farm children in northern Greenville County, expanded its high quality Christ-centered education and began offering graduate level programs in 2006, establishing the T. Walter Brashier Graduate School on its Fairview Campus in Greer. The graduate school, which is regionally accredited, currently offers six graduate degrees in the area of Ministry, Business, and Education. The degree offerings are: Master of Christian Ministry, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Music Education, and Doctor of Ministry. Focusing on the professional’s need, each degree prepares the students to more effectively impact their work environment enabling advancement in their current career.

Concentration coupled with the MBA, is the strongest degree in the HR industry. The Financial Planning concentration is designed to qualify students to sit for the Certified Financial Planners Exam. The Graduate School of Education offers both Master of Education and Master of Arts in Teaching. The MEd is a perfect choice for teachers who desire to expand their training in the discipline of education in English, Math, Social Studies and Science. Classes are offered in the classroom at the Fairview campus, online or in a hybrid format, giving flexible options accommodating the demanding schedule of today’s professionals. For more information, give Tawana Scott, Dean of Graduate Enrollment a call today! She can be reached via the phone at 864.877.1598 or by email at Tawana.Scott@ngu.edu.

The Graduate School of Ministry offers two levels of degrees–the Master of Christian Ministry and the Doctor of Ministry. The Master of Business Administration is for the business professional who desires to gain a better understanding of business processes from a managerial perspective. In addition, the MBA offers optional concentrations of Human Resources and Financial Planning. The HR

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Limestone College

Accomplish Your Goals at Limestone College Greer Campus MANY WORKING ADULTS have a goal to complete a college education, but juggling work and family can be a challenge, and Limestone has had an Extended Campus Site in Greer for more than five years. The Limestone College site at 105 Old Woodruff Road in Greer was opened in 2008 and has had 83 graduates complete their degrees since that time. Areas of study include Business Administration, Computer Programming, Computer Science & IT, Criminal Justice, Health Care Administration, Human Resources Management, Internet Management/Web Development, Liberal Studies, Psychology, and Social Work. Areas of study include Business Administration, Computer Programming, Computer Science & IT, Criminal Justice, Health Care Administration, Human Resources Management, Internet Management/Web Development, Liberal Studies, Psychology, and Social Work. The most popular majors at the Greer site are Social Work (46%) and Business Administration (40%).

This article and photo were provided by Limestone College.

Here are Greer campus students’ comments about their Limestone experience: “I was introduced to the Limestone Extended Campus program shortly after I received my associate degree from Spartanburg Community College. I chose Limestone’s Extended Campus program because they offered classes in the evening that didn’t interfere with my full-time work schedule. The curriculum was very compatible with my work schedule and the professors always offered assistance any way they could to meet the needs of the students.” “The evening classes were much smaller than day classes which made it easier to work one-on-one with the professors. I would say my best experience of the program was getting to know my classmates and getting to experience promotions and new jobs with them. There were probably a dozen students that started at the same time with me and it was awesome to see them advance in their careers and receive promotions as we all went through the program together.” For more information, visit the school’s website at www.limestone.edu/ extended-campus.

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Top-notch health care is right here at home.

SERVED BY TWO NATIONALLY recognized hospital systems with renowned cancer research and treatment centers as well as growing medical practices, the citizens in Greer do not have to leave home to get expert medical care. It can be found right in our backyard.

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Village at Pelham

World-Class Treatment comes to Upstate Expert medical care need not be a long drive away to another city. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right in our own backyard at Village Hospital. Located at the intersection of Westmoreland Road and Highway 14 in Greer, Village at Pelham is the place to go for all of your medical needs including surgery, intensive care, emergency room services, world-class cancer

The article and photos were provided by The Village at Pelham.

treatment and primary care. Physician Practices and Services Our Medical Group of the Carolinas physician network consists of more than 235 physicians covering five counties. Eighteen practices have been recognized as Physician Practice Connectionsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Patient Centered Medical Homes. Hospital Services Adjacent to Village at Pelhamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Medical Office Building is Village Hospital, a 48-bed facility including an intensive care unit, a full array of outpatient and diagnostic services, operating suites and emergency department. The private rooms are larger than traditional rooms and are made up of three distinct room zones for patient, family and staff.

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Additionally, each room features GetWellNetworkÂŽ, an interactive system that provides patients and their families access to patient education, on-demand movies, games and the Internet. Emergency Department Village Hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Emergency Department is staffed 24/7 by expert clinicians. All physicians are board certified in emergency medicine, the nurses have 100-plus combined years of experience and they are all prepared to handle emergencies, big or small. Outpatient Surgery Adjacent to Village at Pelhamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Medical Office Building is the Surgery Center, the first freestanding outpatient surgery center

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in the Greer and Pelham area. The facility is a joint venture between local physicians and Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System and has four operating rooms and two endoscopy procedure rooms. The Surgery Center has received a 99.7 percent patient satisfaction rating from its patrons. For more information, visit online at www. villageatpelham.com or call 864-530-6000.

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Gibbs Cancer Center The Best Cancer Care Right Here in Greer.

The article and photos were provided by The Village at Pelham.

STATISTICS FROM THE National Cancer Institute state that nearly half of all men and a third of all women in United States will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. Emotionally, nearly everyone will be touched by cancer, if not personally, then through a family member, friend or coworker. In the Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Instituteâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Pelham, patients have access to one of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading cancer research centers. Located near the intersection of Highway 14 and Westmoreland Road, across from Village Hospital, Gibbs Cancer Center at Pelham is a 10,000-square-foot, $7 million treatment center featuring soaring spaces filled with natural sunlight, expansive gardens, and melodies of flowing water and soothing music. Patients have access to the same outstanding patient-centered care, treatment review and clinical research trials as at other Gibbs Cancer Center facilities in Spartanburg and Gaffney. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is absolutely no reason to leave the Upstate for the best possible cancer careâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;you can get it right here,â&#x20AC;? said Gibbs president, Timothy Yeatman, M.D. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Gibbs promise is that its patients will have direct access to the newest clinical expertise, next-generation treatments, investigational research trials and evidence-based specialized care. In short, Gibbs is where you should go for cancer questions and for cancer treatment.â&#x20AC;? Named for philanthropists Jimmy and Marsha Gibbs, Gibbs opened its doors in 1999 on the campus of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare

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System. Since then, Gibbs has opened additional sites in Gaffney at 724 Hyatt Street and in Greer at 250 Westmoreland Road. Tailored Made Medicine With an average of 1,600 cases each year, Gibbs treats more advanced cancers than any hospital in the Upstate. But because cancer is not a one-size-fits-all disease, Gibbs is deeply rooted in its conviction to providing precise, individually tailored approach to diagnosis, treatment and follow-up. Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP) at Gibbs. This approach, commonly known as personalized medicine, was made possible by the decoding of the human genome in 2003. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an approach that enables physicians to create a personalized treatment plan right down to the molecular level.

There is absolutely no reason to leave the Upstate for the best possible cancer care you can get it right here. Advances Get Here First Next-generation treatments are becoming the new standard of care. Gibbs patients have first shot at next-generation treatments and promising therapies before they are available anywhere else in the state. In fact, there are more than 140 trials underway at any time through the Upstate Carolina-Community

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Greer Memorial

Serving Greer’s Healthcare Needs for Generations Greenville Health System (GHS) began providing health care in Greer more than 60 years ago at Allen Bennett Memorial Hospital. In 2008, that campus relocated to the state-of-the-art Greer Memorial Hospital on Greer Medical Campus, which is conveniently located near State

The article and photos were provided by The Greenville Health System.

Highway 14 on South Buncombe Road. GREER MEDICAL CAMPUS delivers patientand family-centered care that personalizes, humanizes and demystifies the healthcare experience. The campus offers the full spectrum of care—medical to emotional needs, primary to specialty services and prevention to rehabilitation. The campus has 135 scenic acres with treelined walking trails and craftsman architecture, blending the best of a community hospital with the advantage of GHS’ academic medical expertise. Greer Medical Campus houses three major facilities: Greer Memorial Hospital, Medical Office Buildings and The Cottages at Brushy Creek.

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The Women’s Center at Greer Memorial Hospital’s provides labor and delivery services. The center has 10 private rooms that are used for labor, delivery, recovery and post-partum care. Each room has a baby care station and a sleeper sofa. Some rooms have whirlpool baths. A state-of-the art nursery also is part of the center. In addition, this center offers screening mammography. The Breast Health Center at GHS is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to breast health. Greer Medical Campus’ three medical office buildings house an array of primary and

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GHS is home to the largest physician group practice in the Upstate. The following system practices are based on its Greer Medical Campus: â&#x20AC;˘Carolina Cardiology Consultants â&#x20AC;˘The Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Clinic â&#x20AC;˘Cypress Internal Medicineâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Greer

specialty care services. The campusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; newest medical office building opened during the summer of 2013. This 32,000-square-foot building is two stories. The GHS Cancer Institute is on the first floor. The buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second floor has an innovative design that is intended to make patient care more efficient and convenient as surgery practices share 10,000 square-feet of space, including a waiting room, scheduling, business office and other support services. The GHSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Cancer Institute is accredited by the Commission on Cancer and is the only academic comprehensive cancer care program in South Carolina. The instituteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s services extend across five Upstate counties. It also reaches patients globally through its Institute for Translational Oncology Research. This means patients do not have to leave the Upstate to receive high-quality cancer care. In fact, many people travel to GHSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Cancer Institute from outside of the state to receive care. The Cottages at Brushy Creek offers a comfortable, inviting home for patients in need of skilled nursing care. The facilityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 144 beds are divided among 12 cottages, which function independently with the aid of specially trained Care Companions. Three of the cottages are designated for rehabilitation.

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GHS is among the largest healthcare networks in the Southeast. It is a not-for-profit system that contains more than 1,350 beds, 15 medical residency and fellowship programs, and the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest number of active clinical trials. Recent honors include being named one of the Top 100 Integrated Healthcare Networks, Top 50 Teaching Hospitals, one of the 10 Best-led Hospitals, and one of the best hospitals in South Carolina and the top hospital in the Greenville metro area by U.S. News & World Report.

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Greenville Health System is committed to medical excellence through patient care, research and education. GHS offers patients a comprehensive network of expertise and technologies through its six medical campuses, tertiary medical center, research and education facilities, community hospitals, physician practices and numerous specialty services throughout South Carolinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Upstate. GHS is home to the largest physician group practice in the area. It also has one of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest medical schools, the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville.

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Why I Call Greer Home.

Three Area Businesses Explain Why They Consider Greer Their Home. “MOVING MY BUSINESS to Historic Downtown Greer was a no brainer! Soon after moving my business here, I also made Downtown Greer my home,” said Angela Giles of AIM (Asset Insurance Management), who lives and operates her business on Trade Street. “As a business, we are thriving thanks to neighbors like BMW and the Inland port and as a home. Greer is a modern day Mayberry with its parks and wonderful downtown. I look forward to seeing Greer continue to grow and watching new families make Greer home,” Giles said. When Derek and Jessica Brush knew they had to relocate their Wood”RUFF” Pet Resort & Spa, Inc., they found the ideal location that met their requirements on Concourse Way in Greer. “It is a great location for our pet boarding and daycare facility with GSP Airport and Interstate 85 right around the corner. That

is the people’s ticket out of town. We offer flexible drop-off and pick-up after hours services to accommodate those early or late flights or any traffic jams that may occur when traveling,” Jessica said. “Thank you, Greer, for being a great move for WoodRUFF Pet Resort and Spa.” Mitchell K. Byrd of The Carolina Law Group said Greer was chosen as the law practice’s new home because the city was balancing growth while maintaining the city’s personality. “To say that the city has grown simply does not do justice to the expansion in the area,” Mitchell said. “However, a person need only set foot in beautiful downtown Greer to realize that the heart of Greer, its 'essence', is beating strongly.” He said the law group whose office is on West Poinsett Street “has already received

a wonderful welcome to Greer by the local business community.” Byrd remarked that the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce breakfast events “are clearly a huge success. It is immediately obvious that the people in these events care not only about their various business endeavors but also about Greer and the surrounding community as a whole. Greer is a very diverse community with diverse interests. In fact, diversity is one of the many reasons why The Carolina Law Group is proud to call Greer home. However, Greer’s ability to preserve diversity while maintaining rapid growth is equally inspiring.”

To find other businesses that call Greer home, visit our online member business directory at www.greerchamber.com.

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