Freedom Blast features Groove Band, kids activities, salute to military
MAY 14, 2012

John Mansure, President of Greer Memorial Hospital, shares the events that will occur at the 4th annual Freedom Blast June 30 at City Park.

City officials gave a sneak preview of the Greer Memorial Hospital Freedom Blast today with Whitney Walters of the Groove Planet band singing the national anthem while military representatives presented the colors.

The 4th annual Freedom Blast is scheduled Saturday, June 30 at Greer City Park from 5-10 p.m. and will feature a salute to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. The evening finale will be a fireworks show presented by internationally renowned Zambelli Fireworks.

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Walmart Neighborhood Market moving into construction phase
APR 19, 2012

The Walmart Neighborhood Market will feature ammenites like this full-service cafe. The Greer Neighborhood Market will be the first in South Carolina for the Walmart brand.

The Walmart Neighborhood Market and Greer Plaza is moving into the façade and parking lot construction phase.

The Greer Planning Advisory Committee discussed the city’s code and ordinances leading into the construction phase with David Graffius of Gray Engineering Consultants.

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Danner named Downtown Development Director for GDC
APR 17, 2012

Sam Danner has been promoted to Downtown Development Director for the Greer Development Corporation.

Danner will be responsible for all business retention and new business recruiting initiatives in Greer’s historic downtown. He will lead Tourism Development activities for the GDC and lend assistance to the Greer Station Association.

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BB&T receives inaugural Greer Development Chairman's Award
MAR 22, 2012

John Bolt, Vice President of BB&T in Greer, accepted the inaugural Greer Economic Development Chairman’s Award today on behalf of the bank at the GDC's 10th anniversary luncheon at City Hall.

Reno Deaton, GDC Executive Director, gave the annual report that reflected positive gains in 2011 and good early growth in the first quarter this year. Dennis Hennett, vice chairman of the board is rotating off to concentrate on his duties as CEO at Greer State Bank. Hennett retired and was recalled to lead the bank. Dave Edwards, Executive Director at the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport in Greer, has been approved as Hennett’s replacement.

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Greer CPW recognized for safety practices
FEB 27, 2012

Greer CPW's Bill Hipp proudly points to the

The Greer Commission of Public Works reported today it received three safety awards from the Municipal Association of South Carolina amounting to $3,500.

Ken Holliday, Human Resources Director, made the presentation at today's regularly scheduled CPW commissioners meeting.

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Big turnout at Chamber for minority open house
FEB 23, 2012

William Grady has been a proponent of bringing diversity into the forefront of the business community. He helped organize today's Chamber of Commerce Minority Open House.

The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce with Allen Smith and John Mansure paving the way, are trying to put a new face on the business organization.

"We've been male, pale and stale for too long," Smith, President and CEO of the chamber, repeatedly tells audiences at his public speaking engagements.

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Rutland is turning her full attention to family
FEB 8, 2012

Angela Rutland is leaving the Greer Economic Development Corporation to spend more time with her family. Elliott, 5, enjoyed the company of her mom Monday when her daycare closed early due to repairs.

Elliott Rutland was meticulously drawing a two-story structure she described as her home. She drew the windows and penciled in the doorknob.  It was left to the imagination if it was Elliott’s symbolism recognizing her mother, Angela, was within days of becoming a stay-at-home mom.

Angela Rutland, the Commercial Development Director for the Greer Development Corporation (GDC), has decided to become a stay-at-home mom for Elliott, 5, and Emma, 8. A life event convinced Rutland and her husband, Vernon, she was making the right decision for her family.

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Deaton's staff painting a greener landscape in Greer
JAN 26, 2012

Tractor Supply Company has cleared the way for Piedmont Plaza on W. Wade Hampton Blvd. to get a new parking lot facelift with lighted and landscaped islands. Kohl's is moving into the former Kmart building to the right of TSC.

Reno Deaton, Executive Director of Greer Development Corporation, has the enviable job of being the front man selling Greer to business and industry. This month is the 10th anniversary of GDC.

The first month of 2012 first quarter has Deaton's 3-person staff on pace to promote Greer's new businesses with the creation of nearly 500 jobs. Numerically, that represents nearly 2 percent of Greer’s 25,500 population.

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Reno Deaton: Signs point to jobs, commercial and residential growth
JAN 26, 2012

“There is continued and renewed interest in downtown. It's not wanting for interest. Downtown events help out tremendously and have been a great part of the city’s success.”
Reno Deaton
President, Greer Economic Development

Reno Deaton discussed with GreerToday.com, Greer's economy, growth and prospects for the future. He said, on the advice of city attorney John Duggan, he couldn't respond to questions on Allen Bennett Hospital and Huntington Rehabilitation Center that is in foreclosure proceedings. Deaton did speak about Greer's growing vitality and prospects for a vibrant 2012 in economic development. But he deferred talking about Kohl's enty into the Greer market, referring all question to its corporate headquarters.

GreerToday.com: QuikTrip is a new fuel/convenience player in Greer. How do you see that developing?

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