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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — UPSTATE SC | VOLUME 12 — ISSUE 2 22 UPSTATE LIVING of Commerce. "Not many communities have both residential and commercial growth at the same time, but we're very fortunate to have that in Greer. As residents find the City of Greer a great place to live, more businesses are locating here and expanding their offerings to serve the needs of the community." "High traffic counts and Greer's proximity to BMW, Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport and the South Carolina Inland Port is a recipe for quality retail growth in Greer," said Reno Deaton, executive director of the Greer Development Corporation. "But the true credit belongs to hard working retailers and restaurant owners in Greer who have defined the Greer retail market with world class customer service and a very attractive product mix." In the small town of Inman, Wendy and Aaron McCarty hope to build a self-sustaining eco-village, complete with energy-efficient geo-dome structures, vegetable gardens and bamboo stands, and self-made clothing and goods. Future plans for the project include partnering with local schools to teach students blacksmithing, candle making, looming and other lost trades. Fountain Inn is part of the Golden Strip with Mauldin and Simpsonville. Fountain Inn might be small (estimated population is 8,000) but it is a must-see destination rich with history and plenty to do. Residents and business leaders with a vision support the arts, economic development and education. The town has invested in renovating and improving its downtown streetscapes and local businesses are thriving. To the surprise of visitors, the town widely supports the arts with an amphitheater, museum and performing arts center. Bookquest book store is stocked with hard to find books and first editions. After a performance at the Younts Center for Performing Arts try the famous strawberry cake at Sweet Catherine's. In October, crowds come for the popular Aunt Het Festival. Business and industries are increasingly looking at the region to set up headquarters in the thriving region. BMW is a dominant player in the region and has brought supporting manufacturing and automotive industries. "We have some of the most advanced manufacturing leaders in the world here – BMW as well as Michelin (among the first international company in the region) and Bosch," said John Lummus, president and CEO, Upstate Alliance. The former textile based economy has transformed into an advanced manufacturing base which is attracting new business. Business and industries are eyeing the region in growing numbers due to a low cost of doing business and a skilled workforce, particularly foreign-owned companies (nearly 600 foreign-owned companies from 34 different countries are based in the region). In 2015 alone, Upstate South Carolina has welcomed international companies from 20

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