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VOL11ISS1 2015

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — UPSTATE SC | VOLUME 11 — ISSUE 1 44 FOUNTAIN INN BY CITY OF FOUNTAIN INN Fountain Inn: A Town on the Move The City of Fountain Inn is on the move, but the roots of its growth run deep. Spread over the borders of Greenville and Laurens Counties, Fountain Inn is known as the "Diamond Tip of the Golden Strip." Over the past eight years, the City has concentrated its efforts on becoming a haven of culture and a hotbed of employment as part of Greenville County's growing dynamic. Fountain Inn is the home to 50+ industries with 10,000 employees and expanding. The growth is attributable to the automotive industry, and the availability of great accessible locations for suppliers off Interstate 385. These businesses were also attracted to the employable workforce at the ready. The infux of industry has led to the development of the 418 Commercial Corridor between Interstate I-385 and South Main Street. New businesses locating to the area will be McDonalds, Zaxby's, a Business Class Hotel and more to be announced soon. Additionally, Bon Secours Primary Care facility and wellness will begin serving the community and industrial partners by 2016. This growth has spurred a resurgence of Main Street which boasts a 95% occupancy rate of storefronts. Much of the Main Street development can be credited to the offerings for families just a short walk from downtown. Within blocks you will fnd the local elementary school and the Fountain Inn branch of the Greenville County Library System that shares a beautiful green area with The Younts Center for Performing Arts. The Younts Center is housed in the Historic former Fountain Inn High School. A facility built in 1939, the former High School was purchased by the City in 1997 and given the 'green light' to begin arts programming in 2007. This turn of events led to the birth of the Fountain Inn Chorale, FIRE Theatre Co., and The Fountain Inn Symphony Orchestra, all resident companies owned and operated by the City of Fountain Inn. Along with the Performing Arts, the Younts Center serves as home to the Arts Academy @ Younts Center. Affordable classes in Visual Art including Mixed Media and Pottery, as well as Theatre, Voice, and Music classes are all available. The convenience of so many choices for lessons on the same property as the Library, make the Younts Center a 16 hour per day operating facility, with rehearsals, classes and performances going into the evenings each night of the week. Several new and soon to open restaurants offer many culinary choices including: American, Mexican, Italian, Bistro style and Craft Beer all within the 7.89 square miles of the City! Continuing its redevelopment the city boasts a new Depot Street Hospitality District that includes the Fountain Inn Visitors, Museum and Chamber of Commerce Centers. With a rich historic heritage, the Fountain Inn Museum is a way for the proud past to be remembered and visited by folks that are just discovering the many charms of Fountain Inn. As well, the city offers a Farmers Market that offers fresh local produce and many other boutique goodies for visitors. It is open seasonally Spring through Fall. The Hospitality District shares an outdoor performance area offering special events like Fridays by the Fountain and Saturday Bluegrass. These free summer events attract audiences, customers, and performers from all along the Golden Strip and throughout the Upstate. Residents of the City enjoy festivals such as Aunt Het, The Boxcar Derby, International Festival, and the Palmetto Chili Cook Off.>>

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