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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

GHS Orthopedic Research, More Jobs in Greenville, CU-ICAR First Graduate, Downtown Greenville Master PLan

GHS Receives Orthopedic Research Grant
Research
The Greenville Hospital System is planning on becoming a major player in orthopedic research and a $5 million grant from Smith & Nephew Biologics & Spine is paving the way. The grant has kicked off the Center for Economic Excellence in Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Sciences at the GHS Patewood campus in Greenville. The Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas is an outstanding orthopedic clinic that has become a centerpiece of this arrangement after moving its operation from Vail, Colorado a couple of years ago. It's a subsidiary of GHS and has partnered with the University Of South Carolina School Of Medicine as a research and treatment facility for orthopedic injuries and treatment. The USC School of Medicine is planning to increase the number of medical students they send to GHS in their third and fourth years of study. Clemson University is in on the action too; they plan to develop a major bio-engineering program in the same building on the Patewood Campus. The goal of this collaboration is to establish orthopedic services and research that will be second to none; indeed, with the organization they have now, they are well on the way.

More Jobs Coming to Greenville
Electronic Manufacturing Jobs
AVX, a manufacturer of electronic capacitors currently located in Myrtle Beach, SC has announced that it will move its corporate offices to Greenville over the next few months. That will bring about 150 employees to town while the production unit in Myrtle Beach will remain unaffected. AVX's parent company is Kyocera Corp., who has a Kyocera Mita plant in Fountain Inn with unoccupied office space. Details have not been released, but this might the location of the new headquarters.

Clemson University ICAR's First PhD Graduate
The Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research here in Greenville started its innovative programs in 2006 and will graduate its first PhD on December 17. Along with John Limroth as the first doctorate in the program, nine others have graduated with masters degrees this year. According to Peterson's guide to colleges and universities, this program is the only one of its kind in the United States and is something these graduates as well as Greenville can be proud of. Mr. Limroth has already begun a job with local employer Michelin as a tire-performance research engineer.

Downtown Greenville's Master Plan Launches Next Week
Downtown Planning
The City of Greenville is launching a Downtown Streetscape Master Plan next week and the public is invited to participate. This program is designed to compliment the Downtown Master Plan by improving the aesthetic appeal of Main Street and the major side streets. Public input is welcome at the Walkability Workshop on December 15th, a Public Open House on the 16th, and a presentation by "walkability" expert Dan Burden on the 17th. Glatting Jackson Klercher Anglin, an international urban planning firm has been hired to oversee the project. Click here for more details.

And if you are downtown checking out the streetscapes you may see the start to a demolition project of the building at 702 S. Main St, at the intersection of River St. Next week will be the asbestos removal, and the demo project should be complete by the end of January.

Greenville SC WeatherCurrent Weather
Wet winter weather has been on us for a couple of days, which should continue through Tuesday. Lows will be about 40 with highs near 60 with showers likely. It should clear up mid week and temperatures will come down to near freezing with highs in the 50s.

HAVE A SAFE & HAPPY HOLIDAY EVERYONE!

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