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GSA charges forward into 2013 with new board, momentum

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Friday, December 14, 2012

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ACME General Store features Frosty the Snowman in its window showcase for the holidays.

Jim Fair

ACME General Store features Frosty the Snowman in its window showcase for the holidays.

Greer Station Association selected its 2013 board of directors and set its agenda for next year.

GSA is coming off a successful year with its majestic Greer Station Windows campaign decorating the historic downtown area. The Stomping Grounds was voted first place with its presentation.

Tuesday’s On Trade and Adopt A Highway will return next year. Boxcars on Trade, after a two-year run will be discontinued because of its prohibitive costs producing the molds.

“We expanded Tuesday’s On Trade because it had an event tied to it,” said Andrew Havran, 2012 president. “Tuesday is one of our slower days and it brought people to Greer who never have been here and it showed GSA had a product.”

Havran was nominated to the board for next year. The 2013 board and their businesses are:

Keith Challenger, ZuZu’s Fashion Replay

• Andrew Havran, Law Offices of Andrew Havran

• Lisa Lynn, Take Shape for Heath

• Martin Miller, The Image Forge

• Lindsay Stevens, The Davenport and Honeywell

• Denise VandenBerghe, Promotion Graphics, ACME, Wild Ace

Elizabeth Adams, administrative assistant at City of Greer, is the GSA City Liaison, an ex officio position.

“We’re going to repeat the events that have been successful,” Havran said. The Greer Wedding Showcase begins the 2013 marketing season for GSA with a February event.

The Planter Beautification Project will continue pending business owners’ desires to adopt a plan design first presented to the city during it’s building of the park. The project’s maintenance cost will be studied and partnership with other city entities pursued.

Harriet Johnson, representing Relay For Life, proposed GSA become a sponsor with downtown “painting the town purple with balloons, ribbons and banners. (American Cancer Society’s primary color is purple). We celebrate the survivors and their families, remember those who have battled cancer continue to fight back by raising funds,” Johnson said.

A Dine Out and Shop campaign, asking merchants to donate 10 percent of their business on May 14 was also proposed.

Greer’s Relay For Life is May 17, 7 p.m. – May 18 7 a.m. “We walk, we dance, we pray and we cry,” Johnson said.

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