Civic leaders from at least 12 states headed to Greenville in May


James Fallows
James Fallows

So far, civic leaders from 21 cities in 12 states have registered to attend an upcoming conference on urban renewal in Greenville, organizers say.

CEOs for Cities, a Cleveland-based nonprofit organization that promotes ways of improving cities, has scheduled its Spring Cluster Workshop in Greenville on May 15-17.

James Fallows, a well-known journalist for The Atlantic and author who has written about Greenville with admiration, is also scheduled to take part.

Among other activities, CEO for Cities maintains a national network of volunteer teams in urban areas around the country, including Greenville/Greer.

The teams, called “clusters,” are composed of civic-minded leaders from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors “who love their cities and don’t wait for others to lead,” according to the CEOs for Cities website.

Greenville Mayor Knox White has attended numerous CEOs for Cities meetings around the country and has also been a guest speaker or panelist at some.

Katharine Davis, whose Greenville public relations firm is handling publicity for the event, said civic leaders from the following cities have so far registered to attend:

  • Alcoa, Tenn.
  • Asheville, N.C.
  • Bettendorf, Iowa
  • Carmel, Ind.
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Davenport, Iowa
  • Des Moines, Iowa
  • Fayetteville, Ga.
  • Greensboro, N.C.
  • High Point, N.C.
  • Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Jamestown, N.C.
  • Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Memphis, Tenn.
  • Milwaukee, Wisc.
  • Moline, Ill.
  • Opelika, Ala.
  • Rochester, N.Y.
  • Rock Island, Ill.
  • St. Louis, Mo.
  • Waco, Texas

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