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Fluor restoring power in Puerto Rico
NOV 16, 2017

Work awarded to Fluor under the contract includes power grid restoration, repair and replacement of structures and equipment .
 

Fluor Corporation confirmed Thursday that the company, working under its contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), has completed a high priority 38kv power line near San Juan.

This will allow the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) to re-energize lines that serve an area in Carolina that includes residential neighborhoods, a hospital and a branch campus of the University of Puerto Rico.

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Greer ranked No. 20 in Best Neighborhoods for Small Business
NOV 15, 2017

Downtown Greer shops decorate store fronts during the Christmas holidays.
 

Greer is ranked No. 20 of America’s Top 25 Best Neighborhoods for Small Businesses, according to Welcomemat Services.

Welcomemat evaluates local neighborhoods based on an algorithmic formula to reveal the top neighborhoods for small business success and growth across the country.

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Greer's Furay honored with insurance industry award
NOV 14, 2017

Guy Furay, owner of The Insurance Source in Greer, has been honored with an industry 2017 Quality Award.
 

Guy Furay, owner of The Insurance Source in Greer, has been honored by the National Associations of Insurance and Financial Advisors with a 2017 Quality Award.

The NAIFA Quality Award provides advisors at any career stage the opportunity to demonstrate a commitment to excellence. This includes:

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Syl Syl Toy Drive begins Sunday at Clock Restaurant
NOV 11, 2017

The second Sunday in November is the official start of the annual Syl Syl Toy Drive at the Clock Restaurant.
 
 

The 14th Annual Syl Syl Christmas Toy Drive will be held Sunday, Nov. 12, 2-4  p.m. at the Clock Restaurant at 603 W. Poinsett Drive.

The toy drive is in honor of Sylvia Holtzclaw, created by family and friends, after she was inside the Blue Ridge Savings Bank in 2003. A USC Upstate professor and his wife were also killed in the unsolved case.

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1 cent sales tax approved by Spartanburg County voters
NOV 8, 2017

1 cent sales tax approved by Spartanburg County voters

Spartanburg County voters approved a six-year, 1-cent sales tax increase to pay for a new judicial center, a city-county government complex and other facilities estimated to cost $217 million.

With only three precincts unreported, the 1 cent sales tax, with results from the Spartanburg County Office of Voter Registration and Elections, announced,

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Dave Ramsey: Married or single, budgeting is the key
NOV 6, 2017

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

Do you have any tips for how single people can stay on track with their finances?

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Stone's Famous Toastery gets a shout-out from Vogue
NOV 6, 2017

Stone's Famous Toastery gets a shout-out from Vogue

Peter Stone couldn’t imagine his good fortune opening his Famous Toastery restaurant next door to the Westin Poinsett Hotel. Stone is a native of Greer who, with his wife, Cindy, decided to get in the food industry this summer.

And then along comes a story in Vogue.com, less than four months later, recommending the breakfast/brunch restaurant as part of Greenville History Tours’s breakfast tour. Vogue said Famous Toastery, Biscuit Head and LeGrand Bakery cooks up a little history with some breakfast.

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LeMans Karting brings speed, thrills to Greer
NOV 5, 2017

Adam Woodard checks a LeMans Karting vehicle.
 
 



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Witherspoon promoted to VP of Operations at Greer Chamber
NOV 4, 2017

Katie Witherspoon has been promoted to Vice President of Operations for the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce. 
 

Katie Witherspoon has been promoted to Vice President of Operations for the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce. Witherspoon has been with the Chamber for four years as Director of Communications and Events.

“Katie's promotion is very well deserved and her leadership will be instrumental in the future success of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce,” said Mark Owens, President and CEO. “Her knowledge and expertise of the chamber operations and how to best serve our members has been a key part of our chamber's success and will continue to be.”

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X5 gains is a bright spot in BMW October sales
NOV 2, 2017

X5 gains is a bright spot in BMW October sales

The Greer-produced BMW X5 was one of the positive October sales gains for BMW brand vehicles. The X5 increased 9.5 percent to 4,254 vehicles.

Overall the models – X3, X4, X5, X6 – produced in Greer showed a collective 22.5 percent decrease or 6,639 vehicles sold this year compared to 8,564 vehicles sold in 2016. Year-to-date overall sales are down -0.5 percent or 80,869 sold compared to 81,285 sold in 2016.

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Garland shares stage with giants of restaurant industry
NOV 2, 2017

Lisa Garland walked into Greer wanting to open a coffee shop that was a magnet for families, businesses and visitors to downtown. The Stomping Grounds has become a landmark.
 
 

Our HereInGreer Lisa Garland, owner/operator of the ultra successful Stomping Grounds Coffee and Wine Bar will be on stage Dec. 7 to present her success story as an iconic restaurateur who owns and operates her business.

Garland will join some of the giants in the Upstate restaurant industry in a Power Event presented by the GSA Business Report. A rapid-fire discussion will give attendees an inside look at what it's like to live and work in this up-and-coming foodie destination.

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GSP picks Eastside Transportation Services for ground services provider
NOV 1, 2017

GSP picks Eastside Transportation Services for ground services provider

The GSP Airport District announced Eastside Transportation Services as the new on-demand ground transportation services provider at GSP International Airport.

The Airport District solicited proposals for these services when the previous contract held by Atchison Transportation Services was set to expire. The final three bid proposals were not accompanied by GSP’s announcement today.

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Dave Ramsey: Trust is trust. 'I hope that wasn't unclear.'
OCT 31, 2017

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

I have a medical condition, and I finally got an appointment with a specialist I’d like to see. The office requires credit card, debit card, or bank account information be kept on file. Having this kind of information out there with them makes me uncomfortable, but I really want to see this doctor. What should I do?

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Blue Eye Soft Corporation expanding, bringing 120 new jobs to Greer facility
OCT 26, 2017

Blue Eye Soft Corporation expanding, bringing 120 new jobs to Greer facility

Blue Eye Soft Corp. is expanding its corporate operations into a new facility in Greer, bringing 120 new jobs over the next two to four years.

"We are thrilled to welcome Blue Eye Soft to the Greer community, Greer Development Corporation Chairman Wryley Bettis said. “Our partnership with the Greenville Area Development Corporation and the Upstate Alliance has proven critical in attracting the attention of blue chip office projects like Blue Eye Soft. We hope that their success in Greer leads to even more opportunities to bring balance to our growing economy." 

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Inland Port continues record volume growth
OCT 17, 2017

The Inland Port's volumes since July are nearly 16 percent higher than the same period last year.
 

The Greer Inland Port handled 10,648 rail moves in September.

With 30,401 moves handled during the first quarter, the facility's volumes since July are nearly 16 percent higher than the same period last year.

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Owens resigns from Chamber, headed to Winston-Salem
OCT 17, 2017

Mark Owens receives the Grand Award, for the GreerMade campaign, in the category of Campaigns by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) for chambers with budgets under $1 million.
 
 
 
 

Mark Owens, President and CEO of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, is resigning effective Dec 1. He has been named the President and CEO of the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Chamber of Commerce.

Owens, 32, topped the list of more than 230 potential candidates who were considered for the Winston-Salem post. He has been at the Greer chamber since 2014.

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Hotel, garage, retail complex approved by City Council
OCT 11, 2017

A four-story, 100 room Hampton Inn is scheduled to be open in two years at this site.
 

A four-story Hampton Inn and a multi-level parking garage were unanimously approved by City Council Tuesday night.

The Hilton-branded hotel, with a minimum of 100 rooms, and a 300-space garage is a partnership between Sycamore Greer LLC and the City of Greer. The hotel will be built at the site of the former The Tire Exchange on North Main Street.

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19 Swift drivers from Greer terminal honored for outstanding Driver Ranking Program
OCT 9, 2017

19 Swift drivers from Greer terminal honored for outstanding Driver Ranking Program

Nineteen drivers are being recognized by Swift Transportation, Co., in Greer for its Driver Ranking Program based on miles driven, commitment to safety, on-time deliverables, low customer service failure rates and total days of employment.

Diamond Drivers are the highest-achieving drivers in the program recognized for going above and beyond in the way of safety, efficiency and excellence in their driving for the company.

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Largest industrial building in Velocity Park, nearly 300,000 sq. ft. being built
OCT 2, 2017

Construction has begun on a 297,600-square-foot building in Velocity Park that will become the first of three buildings on the property on Victor Hill Road in Greer.

Construction has begun on a 297,600-square-foot building in Velocity Park that will become the first of three buildings on the property on Victor Hill Road in Greer. The property borders Greenville and Spartanburg counties and is one of the most convenient to the automobile industry serving BMW and other new industrial and manufacturing industries.

Cullum Interests, a Greer-based industrial developer led by Allen Cullum, is partnering with Childress Klein, one of the Southeast’s largest commercial and real estate firms.

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$10 million bond will finance city/hotel parking garage
SEP 27, 2017

$10 million bond will finance city/hotel parking garage

• Hotel, parking garage coming to city

The timing and the City of Greer’s financial growth led to the pursuit of a hotel-parking garage complex and possibly more commercial/retail business.

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