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In Greenville, South Carolina, a world-class business community, a thriving arts scene, an abundance of natural amenities and an unparalleled quality of life convene to create one of the nation’s best places to live and do business. Home to corporate headquarters for major companies like Fluor and Hubbell Lighting, Greenville is widely recognized as the preeminent economic center of the Upstate. Complementing Greenville’s robust business climate is an unprecedented array of community assets ranging from the Peace Center for the Performing Arts to picturesque Falls Park. Greenville’s 500 acres of parkland, collection of unique boutiques and restaurants alongside major sports and entertainment arenas deliver limitless recreation opportunities to residents and visitors alike.

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Transportation & Accessibility

Greenville, South Carolina is ideally situated along the rapidly-growing Interstate-85 corridor, halfway between two of the largest cities in the Southeast - Atlanta, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina.
BMW Manufacturing Co. and Michelin North America anchor a cluster of manufacturers that benefit from proximity to the area's strong multimodal transportation networks - featuring the I-85 and I-26 corridors, the South Carolina Inland Port and nearby Port of Charleston, three airport facilities and two major commercial rail lines - that solidify the region's global connectivity.

Energy, Utilities & Telecommunications  

Reliable energy, diverse power sources - including coal, nuclear, natural gas, oil and renewable resources - and an extensive telecommunications infrastructure network support Greenville's rapidly-growing economy.  The area is served by Duke Energy, the largest electric power holding company in the United States; Piedmont Natural Gas; Renewable Water Resources and Greenville Water, the state's largest water utility. Greenville's business-friendly climate is further strengthened by South Carolina's competitive utility rates, which helped earned the state its rank at #3 on Area Development's list of Top States for Doing Business in 2014.

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Living in Greenville

Greenville's cost of living is consistently lower than the national average and sets it apart from major markets and peer cities.  Moreover, the area's moderate climate and diversity of housing options contribute significantly to the city's rising reputation as one of the best places to live in the United States.  Downtown housing options are some of the most varied in the city - extending from townhouses to urban lofts, apartments and condominiums.  Nearby neighborhoods and historic districts remain popular among families, and for those who prefer a more scenic view, the Upstate offers a variety of housing opportunities on many of its beautiful lakes or atop its picturesque mountains.

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Education  

Greenville is served by Greenville County Schools, the highest achieving district in South Carolina and 14th in the nation out of 14,000 school districts for total number of National Board Certified teachers. Award-winning schools and facilities, such as A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School - one of the first elementary schools in the country to offer a school-wide engineering curriculum, and the prestigious South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, contribute to the culture of education and innovation in Greenville. The area also offers a variety of highly-accredited higher education opportunities, including top-ranked Clemson University, Greenville Technical College and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine - Greenville.

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Healthcare  

Greenville offers two of the Southeast's best healthcare systems: Greenville Health System and Bon Secours St. Francis Health System.  Both systems provide residents access to superior, affordable healthcare options.  Greenville is also home to the University of South Carolina School of Medicine - Greenville and Shriners Hospital for Children®, one of the nation's leading centers for pediatric orthopedic care.  Innovative programs and state of the art facilities, such as the Institute for Translational Oncology Research and the Clemson University Biomedical Engineering Innovation Campus, are paving the way for new breakthroughs in research and development, diagnostic discovery and advanced patient care.

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Parks & Outdoor Recreation  

Greenville's ideal location in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, surrounded by picturesque mountains, clear lakes and rapid rivers, provides outdoor enthusiasts with easy access to endless recreational opportunities.  Golf lovers can enjoy more than 50 public and private courses throughout the Upstate, including the prestigious Cliffs Communities, rated fifth among America's Top 100 Golf Communities by Travel + Leisure.  Greenville has also hosted numerous cycling events, including the USA Cycling Professional Championships and UCI Para-Cycling World Championships.

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Arts & Entertainment  

Greenville is the cultural, arts and entertainment epicenter for the Upstate region, featuring the Peace Center for the Performing Arts, Fluor Field at the West End (home to the Greenville Drive, a minor league Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox), the Greenville County Museum of Art and The Children's Museum of the Upstate (the only children's museum to be named a Smithsonian Affiliate). Greenville is also one of the Southeast's favorite tourist destinations, attracting more than 5.8 million visitors each year. The city offers a variety of destination shopping and dining districts, including downtown's award-winning Main Street - hailed as one of "America's Greatest Main Streets"  by Travel + Leisure and Parade magazines.

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Business Climate  

Greenville's aptitude for developing public-private partnerships alongside its entrepreneurial spirit and highly-skilled workforce consistently draws world-class companies like General Electric, TD Bank, Fluor, 3M, Lockheed Martin, Hubbell Lighting and Proterra to the Upstate.  The dynamic pro-business climate in Greenville is supported by competitive labor costs, a variety of tax incentives and a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem - all of which provide area businesses with strategic advantages in the global marketplace.

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Innovation  

Opportunities for entrepreneurship and innovation abound in Greenville due to the wealth of state-of-the-art programs and advanced facilities that call the Upstate home.  From trailblazing medical research facilities like ITOR and CUBEInC to co-work hubs like the NEXT Innovation Centers and The Iron Yard that forge future generations of entrepreneurs and software architects, Greenville offers comprehensive support for corporations pioneering cutting-edge ideas and technologies.   Specialized educational opportunities offered at the K-12 level and beyond, as well as the region's world-class auto industry cluster, anchored by the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research, also contribute significantly to Greenville's growing status as an incubator for innovation.

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