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Greer is growing faster than ever! From top left, clockwise: • Lake Robinson • Annual Eat Like a Local Dinner, Trade Street, Historic Downtown Greer • BMW Plant Spartanburg production • South Carolina Inland Port

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PRODUCED BY THE GREATER GREER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 111 Trade Street Greer, SC 29651 (864) 877-3131 GreerChamber.com

PRESIDENT/CEO David Merhib DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION Patty Cornelius

DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS AND RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT Nikki Huber DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING Debbie Bateman DIRECTOR OF LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT Lynn Pascazio

Welcome to Greer! The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce welcomes you to Greer! Greer is located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is known for its welcoming community, rich with history, diversity and “Big City” amenities. Greer has something for everyone and is only minutes away from activities for individuals and for the whole family. Close to cultural activities with a local Arts Council to Division 1 sporting events. For outdoor enthusiasts, close proximity to scenic lakes and mountains will entice your outdoor adventure side. Amenities include excellent health care and top-rated schools, all within a region where the cost of living is 10% lower than the national average. The Greater Greer Chamber boats of its nearly 550 business members and promotes and connects our membership to our great community. Our manufacturing Industry is leading the way in advanced manufacturing technology and education with instruction from our local career centers, like J. Harley Bonds Career Center, to career ready programs at Greenville Technical College and Northern Greenville University, add to the overall wealth of our region. BMW, Greenville-Spartanburg Airport (GSP), Michelin’s North American Headquarters and Mitsubishi Polyester Film are a few of the International manufacturing companies in the Greer area. By keeping a constant pipeline of future employees studying to work in an advanced manufacturing field, education and workforce is a top priority for the Greater Greer Chamber. We invite you to come and visit our beautiful community and explore the newly reinvented downtown that the City of Greer has invested more than $60M is the past 14 years. Dine at one of our highly rated restaurants or relax and have a drink at one of our many bars that grace our region. Whether you are moving here or visiting, the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce is open for you to ask questions and receive information about our unique community. Enjoy this magazine and I hope to see you soon!

Sincerely, Contents copyright © 2020 Experience Greer. All rights reserved for the entire contents of this publication; no part may be reproduced without prior written consent.

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City of Greer Fire Department (864) 848-2166 City of Greer Police Department (864) 848-2151

Get Enrolled? Greenville County School District (864) 355-3100 www.Greenville.k12.sc.us Spartanburg School District Five (864) 949-2350 www.Spart5.net

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

Talk with Local Government? Greer City Hall (864) 848-2150 www.CityOfGreer.org

Duke Energy 1 (800) 777-9898 www.Duke-Energy.com Greer Commission of Public Works (864) 848-5500 www.GreerCPW.com Laurens Electric Cooperative 1 (800) 942-3141 www.LaurensElectric.com

Greer Relief Agency (864) 848-5355 www.GreerRelief.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GROUNDBREAKING FOR CENTERG City officials, Greer CPW, CoTransCo and Sossmano Construction celebrated the groundbreaking of the $10.8 million streetscape project in the City of Greer’s historic central business district.

CENTERG STREETSCAPE PROJECT COMPLETION Five years of planning and two years of construction are paying off as Downtown Greer's streets look better each day. The project revitalized the downtown area's streets & storefronts to enrich the Greer Station experience.

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REDISCOVER GREER’S HISTORIC DOWNTOWN Written by Katie Harris, Greer Development Corporation

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nce a sleepy flag station for the Atlanta Charlotte Air Line Railroad, Greer's downtown, also known as Greer Station, now draws locals, entrepreneurs, and travelers—from foodies to antique aficionados.

Greer Station is a place where charming, brick paved streets lead a path to chic boutiques, awardwinning restaurants and unmatched entertainment venues inhabiting more than 40 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In downtown Greer, balancing turn of the century architecture with modern cuisine, fashion and southern-inspired gifts makes us authentically original. One of the most popular spots on our main downtown strip, Poinsett Street, is Barista Alley, a local coffee and smoothie bar. Barista prides itself on made from scratch syrups and unique lattes (try the Lavender and Honey Almond Milk Latte). The shop also offers a variety of sweet and savory

crepes, fresh fruit smoothies and local pastries. After you’ve got your caffeine, stroll the newly paved streets of Greer Station and explore more than a dozen independently owned boutiques offering designer fashions, vintage antiques, local crafts and more. Don’t miss downtown’s oldest clothier, Smith and James, where rugged outdoorsman meets college prep. Don't leave Greer without grabbing a drink along Trade Street, which pulses with live music from a string of bars, where tables spill onto the sidewalk. Check out Pour Sports Pub, a local haunt with a full bar and pool tables. More of a homebody? Stop in La Bouteille and grab artisan wine or a mixed 6-pack to take home. If you’re celebrating something special, make sure to make a reservation for L’INCANTO, a fine dining Italian restaurant from Michelin

Star Chef Carlos Echeverri and his wife Kristi. Many South Carolinians think pasta and marinara, sure. But do they think porcini mushrooms, truffles and veal? Dishes stay true to traditions of the Italian North, where Chef learned his culinary art firsthand. Make any visit – whether a family outing, a romantic date night, or a business trip – one to remember. The City of Greer offers more than 12 festivals throughout the year in City Park and you can almost always find live music. Whether you have an hour or a day to spend, Greer Station has everything you need to entertain the family, to celebrate a special occasion, or to take some time for yourself. We look forward to welcoming you to the center of Upstate South Carolina.

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STOP CHASING, START CLIMBING

Choose the Upstate to Move Up in your career and lifestyle Written by Upstate Alliance

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hen Caroline Aneskievich was looking to set her professional roots, it was important that she found a job “somewhere that feels like home, where the world is at my door.” The Clemson University graduate and Charleston native found both elements in 2015 when she joined the human resources team at BMW Manufacturing Co. in Greer. She found a role with international reach, among one of the Upstate’s 500+ international companies representing 39 countries in a region that offers both small-town spirit and big-city vibes. “A major testament to the Upstate is how many young professionals there are here,” she said. “And once one person moves here, it’s highly likely that a friend or family member will soon follow. It’s contagious—and there’s a collective feeling that the best is still yet to come.” That magnetism draws an average of 30 people to move to the Upstate each day. What do they find in Greer and its surrounding communities? A collaborative, supportive business community coupled with an unbeatable lifestyle that means you’re more likely to find yourself fulfilled and engaged than burnt-out and stuck. Known for its strengths in engineering and manufacturing, the Upstate is home to major manufacturing headquarters, innovative tech companies and the best of healthcare, education, and creative services. Upstate South Carolina’s job market is thriving across business of all sizes. What else do newcomers find in the Upstate? A variety of communities, where your dollar goes further. Where housing costs are 25%

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below the national average, and where you can choose to live in a revitalized mill loft, a suburban neighborhood, or green pastures on rolling hills. A climate marked by 221 days of sunshine, just enough snow for a single day of fun (3” per year), and 397 miles of bike trails. World-class healthcare across primary and specialty disciplines, and the top-ranked schools in South Carolina. All this, and boundless opportunities for those looking to move up in their careers. Whether your style is 9-to-5 or work-onmy-own-time, we’ve got a job with your name on it across a diverse range of industries and skillsets. Let MoveUpstateSC.com help you and your family feel at home in the Upstate. There, you can explore cost-of-living calculators, meet the Upstate’s many communities, find a job, plan a visit and more. Are you up for it? Explore more at MoveUpstateSC.com.

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SC WORKS GREER Written by SC Works Greer

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he SC Works system supports collaboration and partnerships throughout the state to build a skilled workforce. In Greer, SC, we are extremely fortunate to have a collaborative system with support services, partnerships, and proactive planning among all of the organizations who touch workforce, working in tandem to benefit jobseekers and employers. The SC Works office offers job seekers access to recruitment events, employability workshops, in demand occupational training, and supportive services. SCWorks.org, the statewide labor exchange system, provides each company the opportunity to post jobs, search resumes, and job match at no cost. Additional business services may be available and are customized to meet the need of each business and may include reimbursement programs to train existing employees, as well as new hires. The mission of our SC Works satellite site, located in Greer, SC, is to enhance the skillset of the individuals in the Greer community and assist businesses with recruiting and retaining a talented workforce. Unemployment and initial employment seeking matters are handled at the larger centers in Greenville and Spartanburg.

For more information on how SC Works can help you, please reach out to Rose Cortes or Kacie Mueller for assistance. SC Works Greer is located at 202 Victoria Street, Greer, SC 29651. The phone number is (864) 848-5355. An Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. TTY 711

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CITY OF GREER STREETSCAPE Written by Steve Owens, City of Greer

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he transformation of the City of Greer’s central business district known as Greer Station has been evident over the past year as the streetscaping project known as CenterG made its way up Trade Street and to surrounding streets.

CenterG is the $10.8 million streetscape project for which community leaders celebrated a groundbreaking at the start of the project on Jan. 25, 2019. Greer City Administrator Ed Driggers said the project was more than five years in the planning stage and pointed to the many groups that made the project possible. “There has been tremendous synergy as we moved toward making this project a reality, so it seemed natural to christen it CenterG,” Driggers said. Greer CPW launched the overall project mid-2017, repairing and replacing the downtown’s aging infrastructure. Work then began above ground to transform Trade Street through a shared street design. Shared streets allow for easy movement of both vehicles and pedestrians by removing curbs and replacing them with multi-colored pavers and other methods to direct traffic. The removal of curbs also improves accessibility and creates an open space, allowing the street to be transformed into a pedestrian plaza for special events. Sossamon Construction of Gaffney won the project after recently completing streetscape projects in Spartanburg, Greenwood, Fountain Inn and Abbeville.

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“For the last 15-plus years, we’ve been pretty busy with streetscape work,” Matt Sossamon, project manager at Sossamon Construction, said. “It’s awesome to be a part of such a big project.” More than one year into the project, Sossamon crews had improved the district’s underground electrical, storm drains, sidewalks, landscaping and furniture in addition to the streets. New asphalt is also planned for roads around Trade Street. The City of Greer set provisions in place to help downtown businesses continue to thrive during the CenterG Project. The city budgeted $150,000 in incentives for downtown merchants to apply for Greenville County Redevelopment Authority façade grants. Eleven businesses were awarded the grants to spruce up their storefronts. The city also improved and resurfaced three parking lots and alleys last summer to provide convenient access to rear entrances at Trade St. businesses.With the help of the CenterG project, the City of Greer continues to grow as the City of Greer has experienced record gross retail sales of $1.35 billion in 2019 and downtown occupancy rose to 97%, including five new restaurants that opened during the CenterG work. Greenville County Redevelopment Authority façade grants: •

Purpose – to complete façade improvements and create a more inviting entrance for customers

$150,000 was budgeted by the City

$10,000 grants to improve front or rear façade with no individual investment ($5,000 from the City of Greer, $5,000 from GCRA)

If the merchant invested another $5,000, the City gave another $5,000 (totaling $20,000)

The People Who Made CenterG Possible: •

Residents who participated in charrettes leading up to the creation of the Greer Community Master Plan

Kimley-Horn, the design and planning firm in Charlotte, N.C., who facilitated the master planning process and designed the new look for downtown

The Greenville Legislative Delegation Transportation Committee who funded assistance

CoTransCo who bid/construction planned

Sossamon Construction, the general contractor for the project

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PARKS & REC Written by Steve Owens, City of Greer

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fter occupying offices in three different locations during the past decade, the Greer Cultural Arts Council settled into its new surroundings at the City of Greer Center for the Arts last summer. The move, like the rest of the refurbished facility, was well worth the wait. The $3 million project completely updated the property that, more than a century ago, hosted a Wesleyan campsite. The current building, constructed in 1955, served for three years as the first home to the South Carolina Children’s Theatre. The building today represents the edge of the Arts District proposed in the Partnership For Tomorrow’s 15-year community master plan. The adjacent property was developed into a neighborhood park with a small amphitheater and a playground. Plans are in place to tie the facilities to the central business district via walking and bicycling trails. “I think the thing that excites me the most about what we’ve done with this building is not just this incredible renovation but the fact that it will act as an accelerator for change from now on,” Mayor Rick Danner said. ‘Look around at the outside of this building and the activities you could have here. You will see in the coming years a complete transformation of this whole area. It will be change created by a building that was built to serve the arts but is the impetus for change for individuals, for a community and for an entire city. It isn’t the building or all the work that went into it that we celebrate. It’s the future that it represents.” The first phase of renovation in 2016 created studios that were leased to local artists. Renovation work in 2019 included wiring and insulation to opening the theater and its large stage as a state-of-the-art venue for performances. The center today includes an open gallery for exhibitions as well as space for arts classes such as ceramics, pottery, photography, painting, drawing, dance, yoga, music, and piano. Renowned pianist Emile Pandolfi and hometown singer-songwriter Noah Guthrie helped dedicate the Center for the Arts and Park in September during a weekend that included a gala, workshops, facility tours and music in the park.

to the City of Greer — we knew that arts had to be an integral part of this growing community. We needed to make an investment in the arts and an investment in facilities,” Greer City Administrator Ed Driggers said. “Years later, we will look back at this site and we will refer to it as the catalyst for the next big thing that will happen in this community.”

CITY Park Facilities Suber Road Soccer Complex Century Park & Kid’s Planet Stevens Field Veterans Park Victor Park City Park Cannon Centre H.R. Turner Park City Operations Center City Stadium Tryon Recreation Center Needmore Recreation Center Country Club Sports Complex For more things to do in Greer, visit: www.CityOfGreer.org, www.GreerChamber.com, or www.GreerStation.com.

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$8.4 Billion

That’s the number in export value reported by the Department of Commerce making the BMW Spartanburg plant the leading automotive exporter in the United States by value.

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$25 Million

The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) a $25 million grant for the expansion of the Inland Port Greer in Spartanburg County.

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ECONOMY

$2.9 Billion

Greenville-Spartanburg Airport (GSP) contributed $2.9 billion to the Upstate’s economy in 2018 according to a recent study, eight times greater than the $377 million noted in a 2009 study.

$22.6 Billion

Tourism’s economic impact in South Carolina reached a record $22.6 billion according to the Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Travel, marking the sixth straight year of record growth for the state.

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GSP AIRPORT OFFERS TRAVELERS A TASTE OF THE UPSTATE Written by GSP International Airport

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hen the first official flight landed at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) on October 15, 1962, Greer’s Mayor, Lloyd Hunt, was the first passenger to disembark at the brand-new airport. Ever since, GSP has celebrated being an integral part of the Greer community. GSP is the first and last impression of Upstate South Carolina for over 2.6 million passengers each year. To make that impression a lasting one, the airport offers a culinary experience not typically found at airports. GSP’s award-winning program of local and national brands offers something for every taste. To honor the region’s proud craft beer heritage, GSP offers outlets for two of the Upstate’s most recognized breweries. Thomas Creek Grill on Concourse A and RJ Rockers Flight Room on Concourse B offer great pub food and popular hometown brews. RJ Rockers also offers one craft beer you won’t find anywhere else. Flight Line GSP is an airport-themed golden sessions pale ale that is infused with the energy and optimism of life around Greer.

Palmetto Distillery, purveyors of the first legally available moonshine in South Carolina, has an outpost in the airport’s Grand Hall. Stop by to check out a decommissioned moonshine still, learn more about a unique part of mountain heritage, sample the latest batch or purchase a bottle to take home for a delicious, one-of-a-kind souvenir. Locally sourced products from Upstate favorites – Methodical Coffee, Le Petit Croissant Bakery and Southern Pressed Juicery – are available at the new Vino Volo MarketBar. The MarketBar offers beer, gourmet food and wine by the glass or bottle in a wine country casual and modern setting. The Escape Lounge, operated by Manchester Airports Group, an internationally recognized name in luxury airport experiences, offers a respite from the bustle of travel. The lounge features a full bar and a unique local food menu designed by the popular Rick Erwin Dining Group. GSP also offers a variety of fast food restaurants for travelers on the go. Or, if you have time, enjoy some exquisite Italian fare at The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck, recently recognized by USA Today as one of the best airport restaurants in the nation. GSP International Airport is taking the airport food experience to new heights. Be sure to arrive early for your next flight to allow plenty of time taste what Greer’s hometown airport has to offer.

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REVITALIZING GREER’S SOCIAL SCENE Serving the community 60 taps and incredible food Written by The Southern Growl Beer Company

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aving opened a new 4.5-acre

facility in 2014 in the Greater Greer area, The Southern Growl Beer Company has quickly perfected its niche. The beer company features an expansive selection of 60 taps, including in-house and guest beers, wine, cider, mead, cocktails, house sodas and cold brew coffee. Plus, we can’t forget the ever-changing food menu that features sandwiches, small plates and shareable items created

with patio seating, a large lawn, yard games and plenty of space for events. Upon entering the building, it is unsurprising that The Southern Growl has 4.5 stars on Yelp and is ranked as the 61st “Best Bar in America According to Yelp.” The space has a warm atmosphere, reclaimed wood covering the walls and a giant flow chart designed to help you decide what to drink from the abundant choices. If that’s not enough, The Southern Growl is known for its knowledgeable staff, boasting five Certified Cicerones, the most in the state. The new 10-bbl brewhouse makes The Southern Growl the first production brewery in Greer. The brewery takes a scientific approach to traditional styles although occasionally adding some new age flare to their classic beers.

specifically to pair well with beer.

The Southern Growl isn’t the only brewery in Greer, with Blue Ridge Brewing

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and Wild Ace Pizza brewing a few of their own small-scale batches. Whether

addition of an outdoor area, complete

brewery hopping or grabbing a casual brew, there’s something in Greer for you!

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Cancer is complex. After a cancer diagnosis, what happens when you request a second opinion from Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute? First, an associate will gather basic information such as your name, diagnosis and contact number. Then, a clinical navigator who specializes in your type of cancer will contact you to answer your questions and guide you through the process as quickly as possible.

If you have a cancer diagnosis and are interested in getting a second opinion, call 1-855-DNA-GIBBS.

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TRANSFORMING A CITY BLOCK Downtown spaces get renewed life, hotel development

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owntown Greer’s transformation will not be limited to Trade Street and surrounding roads. In fact, between renovation projects and new construction, the block north of Trade Street is undergoing a major transformation of approximately 75% of the total area. That prcess began when Tribe 513 purchased the former Mutual Home Store across from the entrance to Greer City Park. The faith-based, independent medical group, consisting of Parkside Pediatrics, Brio Internal Medicine, Vida Gynocology and the Breastfeeding Center of Greenville, repurposed the building to house Parkside Pediatrics and Tribe 531 corporate headquarters. Grace Church has expanded its presence in the city by renovating the former D&D Ford building to accommodate a worship area, ministry spaces for both children and students, and a large group area and courtyard. Major change is also coming to the opposite corner of the block, where Sycamore Investments is in the process of redeveloping 2.6 acres of land at the corner of North Main Street and Jason Street to install a Hampton Inn hotel. The City of Greer’s incentives for the investment include constructing a 300-space parking garage adjacent to the new hotel and leasing it 100 spaces for guest use.

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“We’ve been recruiting a hotel for about as long as we’ve been planning to do a streetscape project, but we know they were independent,” Greer City Administrator Ed Driggers said. “Our good fortune is that once we contracted a developer to build a hotel in our downtown, one of the tipping points for their decision was the recognition that we were indeed proceeding with the streetscape project.” They wanted to know when it would happen, what it would look like and what would happen in front of their property and how they could tie into what we would be doing. So we were very fortunate that, although they were independedn, they came together at the same time. One supports the other.” Sycamore Investments also plans to construct and lease retail spaces that will flank the Hampton Inn on Jason Street to the intersection of Main Street and E. Poinsett Street. The brick paver sidewalk design from the CenterG project will be extended to the hotel site. Demolition began in February and the project is targeted for completion in Spring of 2021. “This project has been several years in the making,” Greer Mayor Rick Danner said. “It’s something the council and our citizens took an interest in, and it took finding the right people to do it.” Danner said it was important for the city to schedule these projects for the same time to limit interruptions and obstacles for commuters. “We had been hopeful since Sycamore announced they were going to move forward with the hotel that the projects could take place simultaneously,” Dnaner said. “The parking garage and the hotel are the outeredge of where the streetscape work is taking place, but when these projects are done, we’ll have changed the way downtown is going to look and feel for a long time. You just don’t get that opportunity often.” The project is an indication, according to Driggers, that response to the downtown renovation in the form of investment will be strong.

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2020 Community Events Pleaes visit https://www.greerstation.com/events-calendar for more details on each event!

36TH ANNUAL PELHAM MEDICAL CENTER GREER FAMILY FESTIVAL AUGUST 14 – 15 FRIDAY: 6PM – 10PM SATURDAY: 12PM – 10PM This two-day event features live music on two stages, over 20 free arts and crafts for children at the Anne Helton Creation Station, dozens of rides in the KidsZone, multiple food vendors and over 150 vendors throughout the festival!

12TH ANNUAL FREEDOM BLAST JUNE 27, 2PM – 10:30PM Celebrate America’s Independence at Greer City Park! One of the City’s largest festivals, Freedom Blast has a lot to offer: live music, food, inflatables, a heartfelt patriotic tribute and, of course, fireworks!

FOOD TRUCK ROLLOUT JANUARY 17, MAY 15, AUGUST 21, OCTOBER 16, 5PM – 8PM Celebrate the start of the weekend with Food & Drink at Greer City Park. Food Trucks, tailgating games, and music.

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5TH ANNUAL RAILFEST AT GREER CITY PARK SEPTEMBER 26, 10AM – 2PM Celebrate Greer’s railroad heritage and promote rail safety! See detailed model trains, historic railroad exhibits, and ride trackless trains through the park! Railfest at Greer City Park is educational and fun for the whole family.

6TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL: GREER GOES GLOBAL April 17, 2021, 11AM – 4PM Get ready to go around the world in a day, enjoying the sights, sounds and tastes of multiple cultures at Greer City Park and Greer City Hall. The Greer Goes Global International Festival brings a sampling of the many cultures that make up the Greater Greer Community and Upstate South Carolina.

MOONLIGHT MOVIES JUNE 11, JUNE 18, JUNE 25, JULY 9, JULY 16, JULY 23, JULY 30, AUG 16 6 PM– 11PM Free films are scheduled for Thursday evenings through August 16 at dusk. Free pre-show fun such as inflatables, crafts, games with prizes and dancing begins at 6 p.m.

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Other 2020 Greer Events January 25 – Jose Romero Art Opening February 27 – Event Halls Open House February 27 – The Exquisite World Of Italian Desserts Educational Workshop March 24 – Touch A Truck April 4 – Easter Eggtastic Event August 4 – National Night Out October 17 – Artisan Makers Market October 31 – Halloween Hoopla December 4 – Christmas Tree Lighting December 5 – Breakfast With Santa December 6 – Greer Relief Christmas Parade MISC EVENTS: Hard Hat Happy Hours Bring Your Dog Downtown Night Vintage Market National Night Out Greer Station Chili Cookoff Rockin Around Trade Street Bridal Showcase Christmas In Greer Station

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reer Medical Campus, now part of Prisma Health*, has the services to care for your entire family. Prisma Health’s purpose is to: Inspire health. Serve with compassion. Be the difference. With its craftsman architecture and walking trails, the 135-acre Greer campus is not only scenic, but also home to some of the most innovative approaches to medicine. As part of an academic health center, the campus is home to residency programs in family medicine and psychiatry. A third program, neurology, will begin in 2020. The 82-bed Greer Memorial Hospital anchors the campus. The hospital has received many honors for patient safety, overall quality and OB services. It was recently named a Primary Stroke Center. In addition, it has

attained Magnet status for its nursing excellence and achieved Baby-Friendly Designation. Plus, the award-winning emergency department is staffed with board-certified doctors. More than a dozen Prisma Health-owned practices – including pediatrics, family medicine, cardiology, surgery, oncology, OB/GYN, orthopedics and urology – are housed on campus. Several are well-respected throughout the region. For instance, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) recently awarded $8.2 million to Prisma Health Cancer Institute to conduct research studies and clinical trials. NCI also named it one of the nation’s best institutes for research. In heart care, Carolina Cardiology Consultants provides Upstate patients with the latest technology to treat heart attacks. This practice was first in the country to perform a new carotid artery surgery that is less invasive and reduces the risk of a future stroke. In addition, Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas features the full range of orthopedic care. Its athletic trainer network serves over 50 schools and colleges across the Upstate. *Greenville Health System and Palmetto Health have joined to become Prisma Health, the state’s largest not-for-profit health care organization. W W W.GR E E R C H A MB E R .C OM | H E A LTH & W E LLNESS

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EXPLORE OUTDOORS It’s Good for Your Health Written by Alison Rauch Greer CPW, Public Information Coordinator https://www.greercpw.com/lakes-recreation

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s you enter Lake Robinson’s parking lot from Groce Meadow Road, it’s easy to see why the area has been called a “small jewel” of the Upstate. Research has shown that a little fresh air can do wonders for your mental health and wellness, so take a deep breath and enjoy the view! Lake Robinson offers a variety of activities to get the blood pumping, including fishing, kayaking, canoeing, sailing and paddle boarding. Approved on both Lake Cunningham and Lake Robinson in July 2018 by Greer CPW commissioners, paddle boarding is a very popular sport for its full body workout and boosting your cardiovascular health. Stand up paddle boarding, or SUP, is a low impact exercise that combines balance, strength and endurance. Even when you’re not actually paddling, you can still get a core strengthening workout by simply standing! If you’re planning to be on the lake, permits are required for motorized and non-motorized boats. However, enjoying the lake from the shoreline is free. You can stay in your parked car and take in views of Glassy Mountain, Hogback Mountain and Lake Robinson, or pack a picnic and experience the lush green grass under your feet. So, whether it’s a relaxing stroll in the park, throwing a frisbee, paddle boarding or simply taking in the mountainous views, explore the outdoors! It may just be good for your health!

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Visit our local lakes:

Lake Robinson 2544 Mays Bridge Road Greer, SC 29651 Hours: Sunrise to Sunset Lake Cunningham 2844 N. McElhaney Road Greer, SC 29651 Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

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HYDRATION AND EXERCISE Written by Dr. Amanda Somers, PT Owner of SSI Physical Therapy and Health Club

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ne way to make exercise safer and more enjoyable is to be properly hydrated. Hydration is the consumption of liquids pre-, during and post-exercise to replace water lost while exercising. Without proper hydration, an exerciser will become thirsty, have impeded muscle function and have poor thermoregulation. Dehydration can also result in loss of important electrolytes such as sodium, potassium, chloride and magnesium. Factors that affect hydration level during exercise:

• Amount of pre-hydration • Exercise duration – greater duration requires more hydration • Exercise intensity – greater intensity requires more hydration • Exercise type – weight bearing cardiovascular training and high intensity weight training require more hydration

How to properly hydrate:

General hydration plan:

• Pre-hydrate • Hydrate during exercise • Hydrate post-exercise

• 10-12 ounces of water pre-exercise • 6-8 ounces of water for every 15 minutes of exercise • 10-12 ounces of water post-exercise

Fluids that are safe and effective:

The most common and safe fluid is water, especially cool or cold water. Most exercisers do not require commercial fluid replacement drinks such as Gatorade. Generally those who exercise at very high intensity for 45 or more minutes would benefit from commercial fluid replacement drinks. Some people make their own fluid replacement drink by significantly diluting a favorite sugared soft drink (Coke, root beer, etc) or juice (orange, apple, grape, etc). The level of dilution is dependent on each person’s personal tastes and the soft drink or juice. Start with a 75:25 solution, 75% water and 25% soft drink or juice. A very small amount (e.g. “pinch”) of salt may be added. How to know when you are dehydrated: Generally, when a person is thirsty they are already in early stages of dehydration. Also, as we get older the thirst mechanism kicks in later, which results in increased dehydration. The other major way to determine hydration level is urine color. A dark yellow and odorous urine reveals higher levels of dehydration. For color chart go to: http://www.gtpnutrition.com/site/hydration/

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BE FAST: B - Balance E- Abnormal Eye Movements F- Facial Drooping A- Arm Weakness S - Speech Difficulty T - Time to Call 911

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trokes are one of the leading causes of death in the nation. They also cause more serious long-term disabilities than any other disease. With every second after a stroke occurs, the brain loses 32,000 cells. In short, time is brain. That’s why recognizing the symptoms and knowing how to respond to a stroke in the shortest amount of time is essential. The first key is remembering to BE FAST. It’s an acronym that can help you remember what signs and symptoms could signify an emergency. If someone is experiencing any of the BE FAST symptoms, don’t waste time – call for help. Getting the best medical care not only can save your life, it can also greatly impact your chances of recovery. A small stroke that goes away naturally can become a bigger stroke. Even though you’re back to feeling to normal, something could still be wrong.

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Calling an ambulance immediately is imperative, even if you live in a remote area. Paramedics can begin treatment right away and save time by alerting the hospital to prepare for their arrival. They’ll also know which hospitals are designated as Comprehensive Stroke Centers, meaning they’ve been recognized for their ability to provide the highest level of stroke care available. Offered by the Joint Commission, in collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, the title Comprehensive Stroke Center is the highest level of certification for hospitals that have specific abilities to receive and treat the most complex stroke cases. There are only five hospitals in South Carolina that have earned the designation, and two of those are located right here in the Upstate. The choice of hospital becomes even more crucial in a state that sits within the Stroke Belt. Public health officials have identified the southeastern region of the United States to have an unusually high incidence of stroke and other forms of cardiovascular disease. There are several risk factors for a stroke, some of which you can control and others you cannot. They range from high blood pressure, obesity, smoking and drinking to gender (women are at higher risk) and even race (African Americans also have a higher risk). Living in the Stroke Belt doesn’t have to be a death sentence. With early detection, a prevention plan, and your choice of the best stroke care possible, your future is in your control.

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GREER - A WELL ROUNDED AND BALANCED COMMUNITY OFFERING HEALTHY LIFESTYLE OPPORTUNITIES Written by Tiffany Price, Namaste Fitness Studio

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ne of the many things we love about Greer is the attractiveness of the downtown 12 acre City Park. In addition, there are numerous other parks within Greer, and we believe this represents a community that invests in the wellbeing of its citizens and shows a desire for improved health, wellness and overall well being. Regardless of the time of year, we always see joggers and walkers, and people in the park. We appreciate and understand the importance of living a healthy, well rounded and balanced lifestyle. So, In today’s society, where obesity and disease is at an all time high, it excites us to see how Greer supports and offers many activities to help improve this problem.  The City Park hosts a Farmers Market in the summer, and Greer offers a variety of races from 5k to Marathons. There are many biking groups within the community, gyms and fitness centers, and yoga studios, all which help contribute to healthier lifestyles.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF VARIETY IN YOUTH SPORTS Written by Dr. Amanda Somers, PT Owner of SSI Physical Therapy and Health Club

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here are many positive reasons for our kids to participate in sports, including improved self-esteem, learning selfdiscipline, gaining a respect for fair play, understanding the value of hard work and even the simple fact that they will enjoy it. In today’s society, however, many youths end up specializing in one sport quite early, putting them at risk for injuries and burnout. USA Today cited the case of a gifted young pitcher who began noticing soreness in his pitching arm when he was 9 years old. He continued to play baseball, and by age 15 he was forced to undergo elbow surgery to repair a ligament. The surgery was named for the young athlete – Tommy John. Unfortunately, after a second surgery was required a year later, the young man was never able to return to competitive baseball. This type of overuse injury has become quite common as adolescents (and their parents and coaches) push hard in one sport. The young athletes often play on both school and travel teams with the hopes attaining college scholarships and perhaps even competing professionally. A study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine last year found that older teens,

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specifically ages 15 to 19, accounted for more Tommy John surgical procedures than any other age group. Dr. James Andrews, an orthopedic surgeon, recommends that young athletes “don't specialize in a single sport until you're a senior in high school.” A young athlete’s bones and muscles cannot handle as much stress as those of an adult. Seemingly small injuries can quickly lead to more serious issues, such as stress fractures, injured bone growth plates and torn tendons and ligaments. These significant problems are more likely to occur when the young athlete places consistent demands on specific joints and is not allowed proper rest and recovery time. This becomes the case when an athlete is specializing in one sport. Another reason to discourage early sports specialization is burnout. When an adolescent is not given time off or a variety of sports to play, he may exhibit fatigue, lack of enthusiasm, chronic joint or muscle pain, difficulty completing usual routines and even the desire to quit sports altogether. To prevent this, pediatric athletes should be encouraged to participate in different activities. Some literature indicates that diversity in sports can lead to greater performance expertise through transfer of learning.

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elham Medical Center, at the intersection of Westmoreland Road and Highway 14, is Greer’s only certified Primary Stroke Center and provides a wide range of services including surgery, intensive care, emergency services, full diagnostic capabilities, medical and surgical specialties, and primary care. A division of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Pelham Medical Center consists of 48 inpatient rooms and is continuously expanding services to meet the needs of patients. The hospital design focuses on both comfort and convenience for patients and visitors. This focus carries over into each patient room with several room features designed to maximize functional efficiency and effectiveness for the patient care team. Pelham Medical Center continues to be honored nationally, as a recipient of the 2019 Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award and the 2019 Guardian of Excellence Award by Press Ganey, which recognizes healthcare organizations that have achieved the top 5 percent in national performance in patient experience. The medical center harnesses the power of the Medical Group of the Carolinas, a physician network of more than 300 physicians. Adjacent to the hospital and Medical Office Building is the Surgery Center at Pelham, the first freestanding outpatient surgery center in the Greer area. Modern Healthcare recognized Pelham Medical Center in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 as one of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare. Cultivating a positive work environment at Pelham Medical Center not only helps ensure that associates are engaged and grow professionally, it enhances the level of quality

and customer service delivered to patients. New in 2020, the renowned Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute – Pelham opened a 190,000-squarefoot expansion in March. The facility offers a full complement of services, including surgical oncology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, research and clinical trials, rehabilitation services, patient navigation, infusion, lab services, pharmacy and integrative medicine. Every patient at Gibbs has their case reviewed by a multidisciplinary team of specialists. Physicians gather together to discuss each cancer case. These conferences are fundamentally integrated into the design of the building, making treatment and care more convenient for patients.

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PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT EDUCATION AIMS TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO MEDICAL CARE Written by Dr. Jordan Hairr, Program Chair/Director North Greenville University Department of PA Medicine

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ecently, a friend of mine who relocated to the Greater Greer area began the search for a new primary care provider. With what seems like an office or hospital on every corner, she thought the task would be easy. However, she quickly realized what many in the Upstate of South Carolina are already experiencing: it can difficult to access medical care. The first office she called had a six month wait. The second office had a two month wait. The third office, a two week wait.

My friend’s experience is consistent with the data recently published by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, which outlined that all counties in the state of South Carolina exhibited some form of limited access to medical care, including access to both primary care and specialty care in many of the areas. Limited access to medical services places a burden on patients, providers, and the system as a whole.

A recent article published by the American Medical Association details patients’ increasing desire for a coordinated approach to healthcare through a physician-led team. A recent article published by the American Academy of Physician Assistants

explains that Physician Assistants, also known as PAs, are a cost-effective resource for providing medical care, care coordination, and increasing patient access to healthcare. PAs are nationally certified and state licensed medical providers who practice medicine in all 50 states in collaboration with a physician as part of the medical team. With the recent update to the South Carolina PA Practice Act, PAs are more equipped than ever to help fill the gap in the medical system’s provider to patient ratios, especially in the Upstate of South Carolina.

Recently, the state of South Carolina has seen a significant increase in the number of PA education programs in the state. Since 2016, five new programs have been developed, with two here in the Upstate. The strategic approach of adding PA programs in the Upstate is a direct solution to help improve access and decrease wait times for people like my friend. Increasing medical care access here in the Upstate and state-wide through medical education will be vital to the long term well-being of our communities.

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BUSINESS IS BOOMING AT BONDS

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onds Career Center may be housed in the old Greer High School, but the equipment inside is state-of-the-art. Talented instructors with industry experience are laser focused on training the workforce of the future, catering to companies facing the challenges of record-low unemployment and a rapidly aging staff. Bonds is a key component of the Greenville County School District’s Graduation Plus initiative. The goal of “G+” is for every student to leave high school with a diploma, plus work-ready certification and/or college credit. Students from four feeder high schools apply for admission to Bonds. Most of the programs at the career center are two-year commitments during which students may earn nationally recognized industry credentials, college credit or prepare for state licensure in their chosen career pathway. Bonds students train for careers in many industries including manufacturing, hospitality and tourism, construction and human services. Bonds business partners provide opportunities for students to get on-the-job training while in high school through the Work-Based Learning program. Approved students may earn money, gain real world experience and build their professional networks through internships, co-ops and apprenticeships. Some of those Work-Based Learning experiences roll into full-time jobs, free college tuition or additional industry certifications. The ultimate goal is to give students options for their future. Industry partners are eager to help students practice important “soft skills” needed in the workplace like communication, problem-solving and conflict resolution. Volunteers help students with resumes, conduct mock interviews and hold training sessions on professional dining etiquette and dressing for success. All of these opportunities help students grow into fully-trained, well-rounded adults with a competitive advantage in their careers and college. The business community plays a vital role in shaping the vision at Bonds. Each program has an advisory committee made up of business leaders. Industry partners provide input on the programs, training and equipment that Bonds uses to mold a new generation of highly skilled workers. When businesses invest in Bonds, they ultimately save time and money. Instead of searching the world for qualified candidates, Bonds business partners work with highly skilled and nationally certified students. The partnership between business and education helps bridge the skills gap, create a home-grown workforce and keep the best and brightest in the Greer area for generations to come.

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Students from feeder high schools may apply for Bonds from January to March. If accepted, students begin their training the following fall. Learn more about the programs at https://www.greenville.k12. sc.us/bonds/ or on the career center’s Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram feeds.

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he Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21) is a network of teachers, education experts, and business leaders across the United States. With input from each of these sectors, P21 developed a “unified vision for learning to ensure student success in a world where change is constant and learning never stops.� The P21 Framework for 21st Century Learning defined the skills, knowledge, expertise, and support systems that students need to succeed after graduation. This framework has led districts to realize that students need more than a high school diploma to succeed in the global marketplace and secure 21st century jobs. In 2017, The National Center for Educational Statistics reported approximately 20.4 million students attended American colleges and universities, an increase of about 5.1 million since 2000.

With more students considering college and entering the work force, this translates to a personnel surge that results in higher competition than ever before. According to the NCES study, the 21st century worker will compete for jobs that require employees to communicate, collaborate and use critical thinking and creativity to solve problems. To compete in this global marketplace, students must be able to buy and sell globally, work for international companies, manage employees, collaborate with people from all over the world and solve problems on a global scale. These jobs will be available locally in offices and businesses right here in Greer and all over South Carolina and the United States. Recognizing this, students must graduate from high school with extra knowledge, work and soft skills that will give them an advantage in 21st century businesses. Programs for college and career readiness exist at Greer High School and throughout Greenville County Schools. Courses such as Advanced Manufacturing lead to a variety of certifications and credits including welding and mechatronics. PLTW Computer Science Essentials, Health Sciences, Teacher Cadet Programs and dual credit courses also lead to certifications and college credits. College bound students are also offered a variety of Advanced Placement courses and the International Baccalaureate program, which help prepare students for the rigor of college courses and can lead to college credits.

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QUALITY IN THE CUP GreerMade Water Written byAlison Rauch Greer CPW Public Information Coordinator

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rom tank to tap, water is a necessity of life. Our bodies need it to live, and companies like Honeywell, Plastic Omnium and Textron need it to produce goods. Luckily, the high quality and economy turning water everyone expects is made right here in Greer. GreerMade. It’s not just a statement but a sense of pride that water filter plant operators feel as they provide such an important resource to the Upstate. Greer’s water filter plant, operated by Greer CPW, has the capacity to distribute 24 million gallons of water per day. Before the water reaches your tap, it goes through a multi-step filtration process that is monitored around the clock by certified employees. Even more impressive is the fact the water repeatedly exceeds the Department of Health and Environmental Control’s standards.

The GreerMade program, launched in 2016, will be changing over the next few years and Greer CPW is proud to be one of the founding companies behind this effort. We encourage you to take part in what’s next for Greer – the innovation, celebration and history of GreerMade. After all, the quality water in your drinking cup wouldn’t be possible without manufacturing.

Greer has long proven itself as an innovative community – forward thinking, future planning. Now, the effort to get more students interested in manufacturing and support locally made products is taking off. Whether it’s manufacturing water, adhesive labels or vehicles, these items are the backbone to a successful community. Can you imagine where the community would be without manufacturing?

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GREENVILLE TECHNICAL COLLEGE: BUILDING THE MANUFACTURING WORKFORCE

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reer is thriving, deriving much of its growth from the advanced manufacturing sector. In order to maintain that momentum, Greenville Technical College is working to attract and educate the next generation for the opportunities that await. The college does that through involvement with the GREERMADE initiative, connecting the needs of businesses with educational answers. They’ve developed a strong partnership with J. Harley Bonds Career Center, joining together to offer dual enrollment opportunities for students in skilled trades and advanced manufacturing programs that allow them to earn high school credit while getting a head start on a college education. GTC also bring students, their teachers, and their parents to our Center for Manufacturing Innovation (CMI) where they can see what a career in advanced manufacturing looks like, listen as some of the options available are explained and get a hands-on introduction to a variety of high tech tools used in these fields. In addition, GTC offers summer camps featuring 3D printing and robotics that allow middle school students to try out future career fields. Once young people are interested, GTC’s programs in Mechatronics, CNC/Machining, CAD Design and the state’s first applied bachelor’s degree in advanced manufacturing technology ensure that graduates have the skills employers need now. Strong relationships with those employers, who serve on GTC’s advisory committees and keep them up-to-speed on emerging requirements, allow GTC to keep our curriculum relevant.

Partnerships with some of the best-known names in manufacturing such as Haas Automation, KUKA Robotics, Renishaw, and GF Machining mean that GTC’s students can earn certifications on the latest equipment, giving them credentials they can apply in the workplace. Greenville Technical College is proud to be part of the reason that Greer citizens and the companies they work for are flourishing. They look forward to seeing the next generation enter the workforce well prepared to build on that success.

Benson Campus’ new addition Thanks to the generosity of Jim and Evelyn Benson, the Benson Campus of Greenville Technical College is excited to introduce the Amphitheater and Student Plaza project scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2020! The Amphitheater and Student Plaza will be a welcome addition to the Benson Campus as it will enhance existing academic programs and create a collaborative outdoor space for students, employees, and the community. 864-250-8000 • www.gvltec.edu/Benson-campus/

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fter spending nine years in the U.S. Army – including two combat tours in Iraq – and four years in law enforcement, Joel Pridmore decided he needed a career change. Pridmore, a 2004 graduate of Dorman High School, said he wasn’t sure what career path to take until he read about the BMW Scholars program on the Spartanburg Community College website.

employed in a manufacturing environment. Now we need all those skills in one person. With advanced manufacturing and the new economy, that’s what the market demands.”

“I watched the BMW Scholar recruitment video on my phone one day and saw all the robots welding cars,” Pridmore said. “I love technology and that really piqued my interest.” Pridmore applied through Spartanburg Community College and was accepted into the program in 2016.

Joel Pridmore’s career is bright. After graduating in May 2018 with an associate’s degree in mechatronics, he accepted a job at BMW as an ESA in the body shop. He’s now studying for his bachelor’s degree in Advanced Manufacturing Management at USC Upstate.

BMW Scholars is an apprenticeship program that educates and trains students to work in the highly-technical environment of advanced manufacturing. Students attend class full-time at one of the four technical college education partners in Upstate South Carolina, and they work at the BMW plant for 20 – 25 hours per week. BMW pays $1,500 towards the cost of tuition and books, provides healthcare benefits and pays students for their work at BMW. “Technology is constantly changing in the automotive industry,” said Knudt Flor, president and CEO of BMW Manufacturing. “Now more than ever, we must invest in highly-skilled workers who can solve problems. Investing in BMW Scholars allows us to develop a pool of talented men and women who will help sustain the future of BMW.” Students must study in one of the following areas: Automotive Technology, Equipment Services (ESA), Production, Logistics/Supply Chain Management and Computer Technology. Students must maintain a minimum 2.8 GPA while in the program. “Working with our education partners we are able to build the skilled workforce that BMW needs,” said Paul Sinanian, manager for Talent Programs and Training at BMW. “Ten or more years ago, you might have a mechanic, an electrician and a robotics person all

“I’m grateful for the opportunity BMW has given me to learn and to apply my skills on the job,” he said. “This program has been a blessing to me and my wife, and I’m excited to see where my career goes in the future.” For more information on the BMW Scholars program, contact one of BMW’s four education partners: Spartanburg Community College, Greenville Technical College, Tri-County Technical College and Piedmont Technical College.

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103.3 Earth FM www.wolt-fm.com 1st Franklin Financial Corporation 4M Property Management www.4mpropertymanagement.com A Better Way Chiropractic www.drcecco.com A.T. LOCKE, P.C. www.atlocke.com A-1 Insulation AATC University www.aatcuniversity.org Abbott’s Frozen Custard ABC Party Rentals Abcumby Enterprize www.abcumbyenterprize.com Academy of Arts www.theacademyofarts.org Aflac - Robin Meredith www.aflac.com Agape Upstate Community Hospice House www.agapehospice.com AgSouth Farm Credit www.agsouthfc.com Aire Serv www.aireserv.com Alice Lang Alignlife Chiropractic & Natural Health Center www.alignlifepelhamfalls.com Allegra Print & Imaging Allen Tate Company www.allentate.com Allen Tate Company- Woodruff Road www.allentate.com Allstate Insurance - Drew Scott www.allstateagencies.com/drewscott Amazing Threads, LLC www.amazingthreadsllc.com American Cancer Society www.relayforlife.org/greersc Amy Clifton Keely Photography LLC www.amycliftonphotography.com Anderson University www.andersonuniversity.edu Andy’s Frozen Custard www.eatandys.com Anytime Fitness-Greer www.anytimefitness.com/gyms/1118/greer-sc-29650/ AppleOne www.appleone.com Ashton Woods www.berkshireapartments.com ASR Enterprises www.asr.enterprises Associated Receivables Funding (AR Funding) www.arfunding.com Assured Benefits, Inc. Atchison Transportation Services Atkins Data & Telephone Services Avalon Chase www.boydmanagement.com Bank of Travelers Rest www.bankoftravelersrest.com Batteries Plus www.batteriesplus.com BB&T- West Poinsett Street BB&T-North Main www.bbandt.com BB&T-Taylors Belk, Inc. Benson Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram www.bensoncdj.com Bentley’s Heating and Air www.bentleysheatingandair.com Berkshire Hathaway C. Dan Joyner Realtors-Woodruff Road Office www.cdanjoyner.com Berkshire Hathaway C. Dan Joyner-Eddie Burch Berkshire Hathaway C. Dan Joyner-Greer Office www.avanellepelfrey.com Better Business Bureau www.bbb.org/en/us/local-bbb/bbb-of-upstate-south-carolina Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina www.southcarolinablues.com Blue Ridge Animal Hospital, Inc. Blue Ridge Vision Blue Tie SEO www.bluetieseo.com BMW Manufacturing Co. www.bmwusfactory.com Bob Ledford Motor Homes www.adventuremotorhomes.net Boiling Springs Fire District Bon Secours St. Francis Health System www.stfrancishealth.org Bonitz http://bonitz.us Bonus Building Care www.bonusbuildingcare.com Bosch Security Systems, Inc. Braasch Building Group, LLC Bradshaw Automotive Group, Inc. Brian A. Martin, Attorney at Law BrightStar www.brightstarcare.com/greenville Bronson & Associates Bryant Center, South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department www.scvrd.net/i_bryant_center.html BTS & T, LLC Budweiser of Greenville Bunnell-Lammons Engineering www.blecorp.com C & J Enterprises www.candjportabletoilets.com Captive Ink Media www.captiveinkmedia.com Carolina Center for Behavioral Health www.thecarolinacenter.com Carolina Fresh Farms www.carolinafreshfarms.com

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Carolina Lawn & Tractor Inc www.carolinalawn.com Carolina Time and Parking Group www.carolinatime.net Carotell Paper Board Casey Group Real Estate www.caseygroupre.com Cason Companies Inc. www.carsonbuildersupply.com CAT Properties, LLC CBL State Savings Bank www.CBLgreer.com Century 3, Inc. www.century3inc.com Century Printing & Packaging, Inc. www.cpandp.com Chandler Creek Elementary www.greenville.k12.sc.us/ccreek Check N Go www.checkngo.com Cherokee Valley Course and Club www.cherokeevalleyclub.com Chick-fil-A Child Evangelism Fellowship www.cefgreenville.com Chris O Skinner CPA PC www.chrisskinnercpa.com Cintas Corp www.cintas.com City Electric Supply City of Greer www.cityofgreer.org Cluck, Squeal & Friends Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated www.cokeconsolidated.com Coldwell Banker Caine www.coldwellbankercaine.com Comfort Keepers www.greenville-180.comfortkeepers.com Community Chiropractic Center www.communitychirosc.com Community Connector www.communityconnector.biz Concrete Connection, Inc. www.concreteconnectionsc.com Congressman William R. Timmons, IV (SC-04 district) Corley Plumbing Air Electric www.corleypro.com Costco Wholesale www.costco.com Countybanc Insurance Services, Inc. www.ecountybanc.com Countybanc Insurance Services, Inc./B.A. Bennett & Co., Inc. www.babennett.com Countybank www.ecountybank.com Countybank www.ecountybank.com Countybank Mortgage www.countybankmortgage.com Countybank-Greer www.ecountybank.com Courtyard by Marriott-GSP www.marriott.com/gspph Creform Corporation www.creform.com CresCom Bank - North Main Street www.greerstatebank.com CresCom Bank-Corporate Office www.greerstatebank.com CresCom Bank-Taylors Office www.greerstatebank.com Crestmont At Thornblade Crestview Elementary School www.greenville.k12.sc.us/crestv CrossFit Greer www.crossfitgreer.com CTSX www.ctsxpress.net Cullum Interests, Inc. www.culluminterests.com Culpepper Designs www.culpepperdesigns.net Cushman & Wakefield/Thalhimer www.thalhimer.com Custom Audio & Lighting, Inc. www.customaudioandlighting.com Cypress Internal Medicine - Greer D & D Motors www.ddmotors.com Daily Bread Ministries www.greersoupkitchen.com Dan Ryan Builders www.danryanbuilders.com David Allen Capital, Inc Davidson Farms, Inc. www.davidsonfarmsinc.com Davis Audiology, LLC www.healthyhearing.com Davis Orthodontics www.drbuddy.com Deal Depot, Inc. www.dealdepotgreer.com DeHollander & Janse Financial Group www.djfinancial.com Del-Tec Packaging Associates, and T.A.Barker Associates www.del-tec.com Design Strategies, LLC www.designstrategies.net Dhillon Family & Cosmetic Dentristy Dick Brooks Honda www.dickbrookshonda.com Dixie Messer Mirror & Glass, Inc. www.dixiemessermirror.com DR Horton www.drhorton.com DRAXLMAIER Duggan & Hughes, LLC www.dugganhughes.com Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC www.duke-energy.com Eastergard HVAC www.eastergard.com Eastside Family YMCA www.ymcagreenville.org/eastside.php Edward Jones/Scott Daniels www.edwardjones.com/scott-daniels Edward Jones-Financial Advisor, Leslie Wilkerson www.edwardjones.com Edwards & Hedrick, CPA Elite HomeCare & Day Centers www.elitehomecaresc.com

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Embassy Suites Hotel Golf Resort & Conference Center www.greenvillegolfresortconferencectr.embassysuites.com Endeavor Insurance Services www.endeavorsc.com Energy Hardware www.energyhardware.com Enhanced Living Chiropractic www.enhancedlivingchiro.com Entercom Upstate www.entercom.com Ethan Rivers, LLC www.ethanrivers.com Exclamark Awards & Engraving www.exclamark.com Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation/Brian Matsuda www.gsphomeloans.com Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation/Dwight Bennett www.dwightbennettloans.com Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation/Eugenia Bentley Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation/Kelly Long www.fairwayindependentmc.com/locations/south-carolina/greer-5037 Family Dental Health www.fdhonline.com FCI Agency www.fcisc.com Fete www.fetegreenville.com First Citizens Bank www.firstcitizens.com First Citizens Bank - Greer www.firstcitizens.com First Presbyterian Church www.fpcgreer.org First Reliance Bank www.firstreliance.com Five Star Heating and Air www.justcalllarry.com FoamPartner Americas Inc. www.ottobock-kunststoff.com Foothills Philharmonic www.foothillsphilharmonic.org Ford & Harrison LLP www.fordharrison.com Fowlers French Dry Cleaners Freedom Fellowship www.freedomfellowshipsc.com Fuddruckers Restaurant www.myfuddruckers.com Furman University Undergraduate Evening Studies Fusion Systems, LLC www.fusionaudiovideo.com Galen Healthcare www.galenhealthcaresc.com Gary Sullivan & Associates, LLC www.nationwide.com/gary-sullivan Generations Group www.generationsgroup.com Gerber Childrenswear www.gerberchildrenswear.com Global Management Partners www.gmpco.com GlobalVision www.globalvision.net Godshall Professional Recruiting www.scCareerSearch.com Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands SC Grace Church www.gracechurchsc.org Grady’s Minority, LLC GrandSouth Bank www.GrandSouth.com Graze www.grazeanywhere.com Great Homes of the Upstate www.greathomesoftheupstate.com Great Southern Homes www.greatsouthernhomes.com Greater Greenville Association of REALTORS www.ggar.com Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce www.greerchamber.com Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce www.greerchamber.com Greater Greer Education Foundation www.greereducationfoundation.org Greenville Area Parkinson Society www.gapsonline.org Greenville County Library System www.greenvillelibrary.org Greenville County Schools Greenville CountyWorkforce Development www.greenville.scworks.org Greenville Drive h www.greenvilledrive.com Greenville Federal Credit Union www.greenvillefcu.com Greenville Federal Credit Union - Pelham Road www.greenvillefecu.com Greenville News www.greenvilleonline.com Greenville Office Supply www.gos1.com Greenville Technical College www.gvltec.edu Greenville Tractor Co., Inc. Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport www.gspairport.com Greer Awning & Siding, Inc. Greer Centennial Lions Club Greer Commission of Public Works www.greercpw.com Greer Community Ministries www.gcminc.org Greer Cultural Arts Council www.greerculturalarts.com Greer Development Corporation www.greerdevelopment.com Greer Ear, Nose and Throat www.greerent.com Greer Event Rentals www.greereventrentals.com Greer First Baptist Church www.greerfbc.org Greer Flooring Center, Inc. www.greerflooring.com Greer Golf & Country Club www.greercountryclub.com Greer Heritage Museum

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Greer High School Greer Housing Authority Greer Lions Club Greer Middle College Charter High School www.greermiddlecollege.org Greer Parks & Recreation Greer Pediatric Dental Care www.gpdcare.com Greer Plaza, Inc. Greer Police Department Greer Relief & Resources Agency, Inc. www.greerrelief.org Greer Storage, LLC GreerWalker LLP www.greerwalker.com Gregory’s Boutique, Inc. Hampton Inn and Suites Greenville Airport www.hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/south-carolina/hampton-inn-andsuites-greenville Hanover Mortgage - Stephan Schnaiter www.hanovermtg.com Hanson Aggregates Southeast www.lehighhanson.com Harley Law, LLC www.CarolinaEducationLaw.com Harrison White, P.C. www.spartanlaw.com Hart Chiropractic www.johnhartchiropractic.com Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. www.hsblawfirm.com Heritage Bible Church www.heritagebiblechurch.org Hilldrup- United www.hilldrup.com HIS Radio/Radio Training Network www.HISRadio.com His Therapy, LLC www.histherapy.net Holiday Inn Express - Wade Hampton Blvd www.hiexpress.com/greersc Holmes Underground, Inc. Home Helpers and Direct Link www.homehelpers.cc/greer58306 HomeTrust Bank- Woodruff Road www.hometrustbanking.com HomeTrust Bank www.htb.com Hoover Buildings of Greer www.hooverbuildings.com Hopper Financial www.hopper-financial.com I H Services, Inc. IAQ Assessment iHeart Media www.iheartmedia.com Immedion, LLC www.immedion.com Ingram Micro www.ingrammicro.com Interglobal Forwarders, Inc. www.interglobalforwarders.com J. Harley Bonds Career Center www.greenville.k12.sc.us/bonds James Agency, Inc. Jarden Plastic Solutions www.jardenprocess.com Jean M. Smith Library of Greer Jersey Mike’s Jeter, Lloyd, Benjamson & Booth, CPAs, LLC www.jlbbcpas.com JL Income Tax Plus www.jlincometax18.org JLS Electric John Harris Body Shop Josey’s Chuck Wagon Joshua Jantz Ltd Co www.joshua-jantz.com Junior Achievement of Upstate South Carolina www.upstatesc.ja.org Kanuga Conference & Retreat Center www.kanuga.org Keith Smith Builders LLC www.keithsmithbuilders.com Keller Williams Drive www.greenvillerealeatatecareer.com Keurig Dr Pepper www.keurigdrpepper.com Keystone Construction Inc. Kids R Kids - Upstate Preschool www.krkpelham.com King Consulting www.kingconsultingsc.com Kona Ice of Greenville LLC www.konaicegreenville.com Kre8iv Gifts LLC www.kre8ivgifts.com Laborers of Love, Inc. www.laborersoflovesc.org Lake Cunningham Fire Department Langford Electric, Inc. www.langfordelectric.com Langley & Associates Architects, LLC www.la-architects.com Langston Black Real Estate, Inc. www.langston-black.com Larry E. Wilson Laurenda’s Restaurant www.laurendascatering.com Laurens Electric Cooperative www.laurenselectric.com Lavish Nails & Spa L’BRI PURE n’ NATURAL www.lbri.com/everybodyfitnessskin Legacy Crescent Park www.legacycrescentpark.com LegalShield Business Solutions - Independent Associate www.jordan64.wearelegalshield.com Leland Burch LG Class 39 President

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LIM, LLC dba Servpro of North Spartanburg www.servproofnorthspartanburg.com Limestone College www.limestone.edu Links O’ Tryon CC Little Footprints Living Hope Presbyterian Church www.livingHopeSC.com Loaves and Fishes www.loavesandfishesgreenville.com Look Up Lodge Christian Camp, Inc. www.lookuplodge.com Los Portales Mexican Restaurant Lowes Foods Lyons Industrial Properties www.lyonsindustrial.com M Wade Associates, LLC www.mwadeassociates.com Make a Difference. Inc. www.nutritionjp.com Manning Place www.enlivant.com Maple Creek Baptist Church MARION LEE - REAL ESTATE www.marionleeco.com Marsh/Bell Construction Company www.marshbell.com Martin Smith & Company, CPAs, PA www.martinlennoncpa.com Mashburn Construction Company Mathnasium of Greer www.mathnasium.com/greenvilletaylors MAU Workforce Solutions www.mau.com Mazzitelli Deli McAbee Tractor & Turf Equipment McCredy Ins Co McLeskey-Todd Pharmacy www.mcleskeytodd.com McMillan Pazdan Smith, LLC McNair Law Firm, PA www.mcnair.net Memorial United Methodist Church Merrells Pizza LLC Michael & Company Interiors / Greenville Carpet One Floor & Home www.carpetonegreenville.com Michael & Company Interiors, Inc www.michaelandcompanyinteriors.com Michelin North America, Inc. www.michelin.com Minds in Motion Village Project Mitsubishi Polyester Film, Inc. www.m-petfilm.com Model Trains Station www.modeltrainsstation.com Moe’s Southwest Grill www.moesgreer.com Moon Tire & Auto www.moontire.com Moore & Balliew Oil Company Inc. www.mooreballiewoil.com Moore Beauston & Woodham, LLP www.fullservicecpa.com Mutts BBQ Restaurant www.muttsbbqgreer.com NAI Earle Furman, LLC www.naiearlefurman.com Namaste Fitness Studio, LLC www.namastefitnessstudio.com Nehemiah Community Revitalization Corporation www.nehemiahcrc.org NEO Corporation www.neocorporation.com Netalytics www.netalytics.com Nevaeh Realty www.nevaehrealty-sc.com New Horizon Family Health Services www.newhorizonfhs.org North American Flags and Flagpoles LLC www.northamericanflags.com North American Rescue www.narescue.com North Greenville University, Tim Brashier Campus www.ngu.edu/ Northside Auto www.northsideautogreenville.com Oakleaf Village www.oakleafseniorliving.com Oconee Federal Savings & Loan Association www.oconeefederal.com Operators Unlimited, Inc. www.operatorsunlimited.net Owens Insurance Agency, Inc. www.trustowens.com Oyster Roast Attendees Pallet Solutions www.palletsolutionsinc.net Palmetto Air and Water Balance, Inc. www.palmettoairbalance.com Palmetto Exterminators www.palmettoexterminators.net Partners in Primary Care www.youdeservepartners.com Past Chairmen Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce Past Chairmen of the Board /not w member company Pelham Batesville Fire Department www.pbfd.com Pelham Medical Center www.spartanburgregional.com Pelham Medical Center www.villageatpelham.com Pelham Medical Center Office Building Pelham Medical Center/ICC-Pelham www.spartanburgregional.com/locations/locations/?id=978 Pelham Vision Center www.pelhamvisioncenter.com Pelican’s SnoBalls of Greer www.pelicanssnoballs.com Pepsi Cola of Greenville Performance Payroll www.performancepayroll.com Perks Catering www.perkscatering.com

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Piedmont Municipal Power Agency www.pmpa.com Piedmont Women’s Center www.piedmontwomenscenter.org Pinnacle Financial Partners www.pnfp.com Pivotal IT www.itispivotal.com Pizza Inn - Greer www.pizzainn.com Plastic Omnium www.plasticomnium.com Plus, Inc. www.plusinc.net POM Self Storage, LLC www.pomselfstorage.com Power Kids Fitness www.powerkidsfitness.com Practical Solutions for Public Safety, Inc. Pratt Industries Precision Detailing www.precisiondetailingllc.com Premier Dental Health LLC www.premierdentalgreer.com Priority One Security www.priority1security.com Prisma Health Greer Memorial Hospital www.ghs.org Profit Partners LLC www.profitpartnersllc.org PromoteUpstate www.promoteUpstate.com PULSE Pure Balance Float Spa www.purebalancefloatspa.com Quality Foods Quality Inn QuikTrip Radiance Chiropractic www.radiancechirosc.com Radium Architecture www.radiumarchitecture.com Raymond Engineering/Greg Rivers www.raymondllc.com Raymond James www.raymondjames.com/upstatesc Raymond James & Associates www.thefaustboyergroup.com RE/MAX Moves www.greenvillemoves.com Ready Refresh by Nestle ReCreated Cartridges www.regreatedcartridges.com Regional Appraisal Service Regional Management Corporation Reidville Area Fire Department Renee Booths Designs, LLC www.reneeboothsdesigns.com Representative Dan Hamilton Representative Rita Allison Representative Tommy Stringer Residences at Century Park www.residencesatcenturyparksc.com Rick Erwin’s Eastside www.rickerwins.com Ridge Media, LLC www.ridgemediallc.com Rigsby’s Smoked Burgers, Wings & Grill Rita Allison Riverside Tennis Club /www.riversidetennisclub.com Robert Klemm Photography, LLC www.robertklemmphotography.com Roebuck Buildings Company, Inc. www.roebuckbuildings.com Rogers Group Inc www.rogersgroupincint.com Rolling Green Village www.rollinggreenvillage.com Roma Invicta www.romagreer.com Ronald G. Bruce, Attorney at Law Rotary Club of Greater Greer www.greer-rotary.com Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse www.ruthschris.net Sabal Homes www.sabalhomessc.com Salerra Inc. www.salerra.com Salle Custom Contracting Inc www.SalleCustom.com Salon Bellissimo, LLC www.salonbellissimollc.com Sam’s Club 8278 www.samsclub.com Sanders Heating & Air Conditioning www.sandersheatcool.com Satterfield Woodworking, Inc. www.satterfieldww.com SC Inland Port www.scspa.com SC Works www.upstatecareersource.com Schneider Tree Care Inc. www.schneidertree.com SELECT Dining, LLC www.dineatselect.com Senator Lee Bright Senator Lindsey Graham Senator Tim Scott www.scott.senate.gov Senator Tom Corbin Senior Action www.senioraction.org Service Transport, Inc. SERVPRO of East Greenville County www.servproeastgreenvillecounty.com Servpro of West Greenville County www.servprowestgreenvillecounty.com Set Free www.setfreealliance.org Sherman College of Chiropractic www.sherman.edu Simply Southern Chiropractic Center www.simplysouthernchiro.com Sims & Karr www.simskarr.com

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Site Design, Inc. www.sitedesign-inc.com Skyland Elementary www.greenville.k12.sc.us/skyland/ Sliced Tomato Productions, LLC Small Business Development Center www.clemson.edu/sbdc Smith & James Smokehouse 29 www.smokehouse29.com Snow Tech Group, LLC Sonic Drive-In, Greer Sonny’s Grill - The Gathering Place South Carolina Business Coalition on Health www.scbch.org South Carolina Hispanic Chamber of Commerce South Carolina National Guard william.d.knight.mil@mail.mil South Carolina Ovarian Cancer Foundation www.scovariancancer.org South State Bank www.scbandt.com Southern Dance Connection www.southerndanceconnectionpac.com/ Southern Eye Associates www.southern-eye.com Southern Sisters Boutique www.Shopsouthernsisters.com Southstar Capital www.southstar.com Southwest Airlines www.southwest.com Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce www.spartanburgchamber.com Spartanburg Community College www.sccsc.edu Spartanburg County District 5 Schools www.spart5.k12.sc.us Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Foundation www.spartanburgregionalfoundation.com Spectrum Business www.spectrumbusiness.net Spectrum Reach www.spectrumreach.com Spencer Hines Properties, LLC www.spencerhines.com Sportsclub- Greenville SSI-Sports Spine & Industrial www.ssi-physicaltherapy.com Staffworks Group www.staffworksgroup.com Staples www.staples.com State Interiors Custom Cabinetry & Design Steven M. Bateman, CPA Stewart Electronics www.stewart-electronics.com Stomping Grounds Coffee House and Wine Bar www.stompinggroundsgreer.com Strange Bros. Grading Co., Inc. www.strangebros.com Stringer Resource Group www.stringercompany.com Sub Station II of Greer Sub Station II of Taylors Suber Mill Sushi with Gusto, Inc. www.sushiwithgusto.com Swafford Transport & Warehousing Co., Inc. www.swaffordtransport.com Synexus Clinical Research www.synexusclinic.com/ Synovus Bank SynTerra Corporation www.synterracorp.com T2 Design & Construction, LLC www.t2dandc.com Tandem Innovative Payment Solutions/ Greg Ericson, CPP TapSnap www.tapsnap1062.com Target Marketing www.chambermaps.com Taylors First Baptist Church www.taylorsrfbc.org Taylors Free Medical Clinic www.taylorsfmc.org Taylors Town Square www.taylorstownsquare.com TD Bank - Greer www.tdbank.com TD Bank - Thornblade www.tdbank.com Tekli www.tekli.co Ten at the Top www.tenatthetop.org The Bayberry Retirement Inn www.thebayberryinn.com The Blood Connection, Inc. www.thebloodconnection.org The Carolina Law Group www.thecarolinalawgroup.com The Church at Greer Station www.tcgreerstation.com The CIA - Vehicle Buying Service & Repair Center www.the-cia.com The Clock Restaurant The Davenport www.DavenportGreer.com The French Connection The Greer Citizen www.greercitizen.com The Hobbs Group, P.A. www.hobbscpa.com The Insurance Source, Inc www.insure-u.com The James House Inn www.jameshouseinn.com The Joint Greer www.thejoint.com The Marchant Co. www.marchantco.com The Moving Gurus www.themovinggurus.com The Phoenix at Greer www.thriveatgreer.com The Pioneer Service Group LLC

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The Salvation Army www.salvationarmygreenville.org The Southern Growl LLC www.thesoutherngrowl.com The Strip Club 104 ‘a steak house’ www.thestripclub104.com The Tomlinson Advertising Agency www.tomlinsonadagency.com The Wild Ace Pizza and Pub www.thewildace.com THINC Chiropractic www.thincchiropractic.com Thornblade Club www.thornbladeclub.com Thrive Business Strategies www.mythrivestrategies.com Trehel Corporation www.trehel.com Triangle Visions Optometry of Greer Triton Custom Woodworks www.tritonwoodworks.com TruBlue of Greer www.TruBlueHouseCare.com/Greer Truliant Federal Credit Union TSAChoice www.tsachoice.com Tuck & Howell, Inc. Tuscan Heights Apartment Homes www.tuscanheightsapartmenthomes.com TVH www.TVH.com Twist- A Modern Salon with a Southern Twist U. S. Army www.goarmy.com United Community Bank www.ucbi.com United Way of Greenville County www.unitedwaygc.org University of South Carolina Upstate www.uscupstate.edu UPS Supply Chain Solutions www.ups-scs.com Upstate Alliance www.upstatealliance.com Upstate Home & Property Inspections www.upstatehpi.com Upstate Surveying Associates www.upstatesurveying.com Upstate Workforce Investment Board www.upstatewib.org Utility Audit Solutions, LLC www.utilityauditsolutions.com Victor United Methodist Church www.victorumcsc.org VN Bistro Waldrop Plumbing - Heating - Air www.waldropinc.com Walker and Whiteside Walmart Neighborhood Market Walmart- Pelham Road www.walmart.com Waste Connections of the Carolinas www.wasteconnections.com Waterstone on Augusta- A Foster Active Living Community www.waterstoneonaugusta.com WebSpeak Media, LLC www.webspeakmedia.com Weedman www.greenvilleweedmanusa.com Welcome Mat Services www.welcomematservices.com Wells Fargo www.wellsfargo.com WestChase Apartments Wild Bird Center of Greer William A. Cofer, DMD, FAGD, PA Willoughby Dental www.drmswarner.com Winters Law Firm www.winterslawsc.com Woodland Elementary School WoodmenLife/Clay Bullard www.workmenlife.org Wren Hospice www.wrenhospice.com WSPA-TV/News Channel 7 www.wspa.com Young Living Essential Oils/Rachel Burrow YourMark.com, Inc. www.yourmark.com

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You’ve counted on our You’ve counted on our care for over 65 years. care for over 65 years. From its beginning in 1952 to the present, Greer Memorial Hospital has served our community with excellence in health care and neighborly compassion. We began as Allen Bennett Memorial Hospital, named in honor of the hometown Navy surgeon killed in WWII. That facility, believed to be the first satellite hospital in the nation, was part of Greenville Hospital System.* In 2008, the hospital moved to a new campus and became known as Greer Memorial. In the decade since, this innovative facility has offered 24-hour emergency care; advanced technology; along with OB/maternity, cancer, orthopaedics and other specialty services. Greer Memorial blends the best of a community hospital with the advantages of the organization’s academic medical expertise. It has received Magnet Recognition Program® status, Baby-Friendly designation and many safety awards. “You can’t measure a facility like Greer Memorial in dollars,” the mayor of Greer once said. “You measure it in quality of life.” We are honored to contribute to our community’s quality of life, and we cheer Greer on as it transforms downtown. We look forward to many more partnerships and to helping residents enjoy the best health possible. *In 2013, Greenville Hospital System became Greenville Health System, which recently joined with Palmetto Health to become Prisma HealthSM. Learn more at PrismaHealth.org.

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