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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

More Awards for Main Street Greenville, Soccer is Coming, Electric Bus Manufacturer, Poltergeist?

Electric Bus ManufacturerProterra Bus
A manufacturer of hybrid and all electric buses is considering Greenville for a new factory which would hire 500 over the next three years. Proterra currently produces the vehicles in Colorado, but a strategic move to the east coast would get the company closer to most of its customers and vendors. Greenville would be a good fit because there is a work force familiar with the automotive industry as well as the technology advantages of the local Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research. The Greenville Transit Authority (GTA) is also interested; they have applied for $100 million in federal funds to create a regional bus system that would connect Clemson with the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, Travelers Rest, and Fountain Inn. That includes 24 electric buses and charging stations that could be produced by Proterra. A decision is expected to be made in November.

More Awards for Main Street Greenville
Greenville SCThe American Planning Association has named Greenville's Main Street as one of the top ten "great streets" in the country, based on their social function, design, cultural events and green strategies. With landscaping design that started in 1978 and more recent additions like the Fluor Field baseball stadium, a variety of events and a focus on a pedestrian friendly corridor, Greenville competes with other standouts like Skagway, AK, Bath, ME, and Traverse City, MI.

Soccer is Coming

Greenville area soccer got a big boost with the announcement that the 2012 United States Youth Soccer Association's Southern Regional Championships will be hosted at the Mesa Soccer Complex. The expansive 16-field facility is state of the art, and is large and modern enough to handle the 188 southern teams and state champions that will compete over a six day period. Local officials estimate that the event will boost the economy by $8 million and generate 10,000 room-night stays.

Greenville SC
With the goblins of late October approaching, I thought I would share a recent experience while showing homes to my senior client. She, her daughter and I went into the house just after the owner had left; all was quiet and still. After looking at the back yard, I remained on the patio an extra minute while the ladies went back inside to check out the master bedroom. As I returned to the great room and kitchen area, I noticed that the faucet in the sink was running full bore. "Hey, are you guys checking out how long it takes to get hot water to the kitchen?" From the master they replied, "No, that's the dishwasher isn't it?" Thinking that was strange, I then noticed that the faucet in the hall bath was also running and filling up the tub. Very strange indeed! "So you didn't turn on these faucets?" I asked."No". We stood looking at each other in the foyer with puzzled faces and the elder replied, "You know, I'm 77 years old and have seen a lot of things, but this house is haunted. We're outta here!" Happy Halloween everyone (and best of luck Mr. Seller).

Greenville SC WeatherClear Fall Weather
The rains of last week have passed and we're looking at some nice clear fall weather with highs in the 70s and lows around 40 at night. That’s a little cold for this time of year, but you can expect the overnight lows to rise into the 50s later this week with a chance of rain over the weekend

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