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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Downtown Greenville Events, Downtown Travelers Rest Upgrades, US Airways Highlights Greenville, More Jobs in SC Upstate

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Downtown Greenville Events

Falls ParkThe Downtown Alive free musical events that have been a popular attraction for several years are kicking off this week. This year, we have new sponsor names and a common location. Piedmont Natural Gas Downtown Alive and the BB&T Main Street Fridays will both be in the Hyatt Regency plaza deck around the fountains, and still have the laid-back enjoyable atmosphere that we have grown to love. Downtown Alive will be on Thursdays from 5:30-8:30, run from March to the end of August, and feature various blues, rock and funks bands. Main Street Fridays will be 5:30-9:30, feature a wide a variety of music that will differ from last years Main Street Jazz format, and run March to September 24. The Friday event will still feature a children's play area as well as a new interactive tailgating game area known as The Player Zone. The City of Greenville will also take over management of both events. For more information, go to the City's special event site.

Nice Upgrades in Downtown Travelers Rest

Galen @ Swamp Rabbit Trail in TRIf you have not been through downtown Travelers Rest lately, you'll be surprised at the street-side changes that have taken place over the past couple of months. The city has put in new paver sidewalks, fountain, gazebo, and classy streetlights along Highway 276 where the Swamp Rabbit Trail comes into town. This part of the trail is the most complete and it has been a real hit with pedestrians and bicyclists. Some are local to Travelers Rest, but many come from the greater Greenville area to enjoy a quaint town with mountain views to the north and pleasant riding back toward Furman University. For a map and more information on the trail, check out the Greenville County Recreation District site.

US Airways Highlights Greenville

US Airways showcases Greenville this month in their in-flight magazine and defines what is really great about our fair city. You know something is up when the frontispiece starts out, "This is not your average downtown". Included is a nice review of the art scene, restaurants, the renovated Westin Poinsett Hotel, Fluor field, and a lot more. If you're not flying anytime soon and would like to see the online version, click here.

More Jobs for the Upstate Area

Job seekers got some good news with announcements from a variety of local employers. Both Michelin and BMW have already starting hiring and expect to continue into 2010. Astra/CFX is setting up a Greer facility to supply tire and wheel assemblies for BMW's X3 sports utility vehicles; they expect to add about 50 contract jobs with 100 more in the future. Bosch Rexroth plans to expand their hydraulics manufacturing business, located in Fountain Inn, and add about 50 jobs. Kemet Corporation signed a $31 million contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to research and produce capacitors to enhance batteries for electric drive vehicles. This should add 110 jobs in S.C. and fits in with electric bus manufacturer Proterra who will begin production in Greenville next year.

Greenville SC WeatherCurrent Weather
The weather seems a bit unsettled, as spring often is, and we expect a chance of showers early in the week. Look for clearing Thursday. Highs in the 60s, lows in the 40s.