The Upstate SC

VOL12ISS2 2016

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — UPSTATE SC | VOLUME 12 — ISSUE 2 30 GREENVILLE go back to charity) and Beija-Flor. Beija-Flor jeans are geared to women who love the "try-at-home" offer that lets shoppers order up to four jeans to try on and keep for a week. Stop in at Custard Boutique's where dressing women in fashion-forward clothes is their mantra; Postcard from Paris, retail and interior design space; and The Cook Station where home cooks or chef's needs are met. Once called Pleasantburg, the city nestled near the Blue Ridge Mountains is a haven for cyclists who have settled in the area and ride for fun and for sport in special events. Retired pro cyclist George Hincapie, co-owner of Hotel Domestique, in nearby Travelers Rest, recognized the cycling climate and access to the mountains making it a clear choice to locate here. Cycling events are held each year bringing in thousands to participate and train. The Swamp Rabbit Trail has ramped up cycling fever in the biking city voted the number one "America's Best Urban Bike Paths" by Fodor's Travel. Rent a bike from Reedy Rides and stop along the way at the Swamp Rabbit Café & Grocery. Fast Company magazine dubbed Greenville "the knowledge economy's next big thing" with good reason. Start-ups, locally owned small business and more than 40 Fortune 500 companies operate here, along with industry giants General Electric, Fluor, and Lockheed Martin. Greenville County claims the highest foreign manufacturing investment per capita in the nation. German car manufacturer, BMW, is mere minutes down the road in Greer. The manufacturer's only U.S. facility has transformed the region and Greenville with its support industries that have come to the city. Greenville is noted as a manufacturer hub by Forbes and for its high concentration of engineers. Duke Food Productions, an industrial food manufacturer, is moving its company headquarters to downtown Greenville, close to where the company first got its start in 1917 when Eugenia Duke started the company. The offices will occupy 12,000-square-feet of space in the new Falls Park Place building in 2017. Startups and "makers" are finding their place with talented artists, designers, illustrators, and creators who are collaborating throughout Greenville's downtown area, nearby arts district and in shared co-working spaces like The Iron Yard and others. Leaders from other states regularly travel to Greenville to observe and study the moving pieces that has made the city a success story. "They are restless in working to continually improve their community," said a visiting leader from Georgia. "Once a project or development is complete, they don't sit still — it is on to the next one that continues to build a better business and residential climate for the citizens."

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