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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Greenville SC Main Street Adding Business, Clemson Teams Up, Michelin Helps Education, Spartanburg Top Real Estate Market

Main Street Adding BusinessesGreenville SC
Despite the economic downturn, Greenville's central business district has several projects that are making respectable progress. One of these is the Carolina Ale House, a family restaurant and sports bar near McBee and Main, and the former site of Kimbrell's furniture store. They plan to install a retractable glass roof to take advantage of that famous Carolina Blue Sky we're famous for while protecting customers during inclement weather. That project is still waiting approval from the city's Design and Preservation Commission, but the owners would like to open in the spring of 2010.

Clemson Teams Up With SCRA
The South Carolina Research Authority intends to strengthen the alternative energy presence in the state and has created a collaboration with the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR), Greenville City and County, and Hyperion Partners LLC. Their goal is for South Carolina to lead the nation toward the integration of renewable energy sources into the automotive and other industries. They are considering a location at the CU-ICAR campus in Greenville where the initial SC site would provide a research facility and also dispense Hydrogen, compressed natural gas and propane as a demonstration project.

Spartanburg Named A Top Housing Market
Greenville SC
Spartanburg was listed as the second strongest housing market in the U.S. by Business Week Magazine, basing it's conclusion on the share of single family homes that rose in value during the second quarter of 2008. Spartanburg was behind only Boulder, CO and Greenville was 24th on the list. The magazine noted that both Spartanburg and Boulder are “college towns that have been somewhat buffered from the downturn because schools provide solid jobs and a steady flow of apartment and home renters.” With Converse College, Wofford College, Spartanburg Community College, Spartanburg Methodist College and USC Upstate in town, Spartanburg has the highest student per capita ratio in South Carolina.

Michelin Challenge Education Program Launched

Major local employer Michelin has launched its Michelin Challenge Education program and thousands of company employees have volunteered to help elementary students with their education. The tire maker has adopted eight elementary schools and will provide mentors to help these young people get excited about education, particularly math and science. By bringing these employees who work with science every day into the classroom, students will be able to better understand the role that math and science plays in our lives.

New Golf School In Taylors
Greenville SC
There's new golf school and driving range being planned off Wade Hampton Blvd and across from the Taylors Post Office where the Enoree River winds through a flood plain region. The project still needs approval for rezoning to commercial by the County since it is currently zoned residential and backs up to nearby homes. The land would be a difficult site for homes because of flood plain requirements, and the developers of River's Edge argue that putting three buildings, 46 tee boxes, putting greens, and a tree buffer around the perimeter would be a better use for the land. They don't plan to install fairway lights or permit nighttime golf.


Greenville SC WeatherCurrent Weather
School is back in session and the weather will be fairly mild this week. Expect highs in the upper 80s and lows around 70, with a chance of thunderstorms later in the week.


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