As a newcomer to Greenville, I am excited about our challenge and the opportunities that it presents. Even before relocating here, I was inspired and amazed to learn of the many groundbreaking initiatives that Greenville County citizens and businesses have undertaken to develop tomorrow’s workforce. Here are five great reasons to take pride in our community and be bullish on our future.
Nestled between Greenville and Spartanburg, Greer is the second fastest growing city in the state of South Carolina. With a 50 percent growth rate since 2000, numerous people and businesses call Greer home. Companies such as BMW, Michelin, Mitsubishi Polyester Film and Honeywell have all found their home in Greer alongside the countless other businesses, both large and small, that make up the fabric of the Greater Greer business community.
We struggle with diversity challenges in Greenville and South Carolina. We struggle to understand our differences and embrace our communalities. We struggle over tensions embedded by race, economics and religion. Although we are often called the “Jewel in the Buckle of the Bible Belt,” we struggle with being a community that is loving, compassionate and inclusive. We often wonder what loving our neighbor really means.
We brought the mayor of an unlikely Indianapolis suburb called Carmel to Spartanburg and Greer. There we explained how investing in downtown infrastructure that encourages active living and de-emphasizes the automobile has resulted in well-managed population growth as well as that town being named Money magazine's No. 1 Best Place to Live in America in 2012.
I am grateful for Greenville, a community with a rich history that is always looking for opportunities to write the next and better chapter. I am grateful for a community unafraid to take the lead in creating a better quality of life for its residents.