Guidelines for ‘vibrant district’ go to Greenville panel

Greenville’s North Laurens Street pedestrian project is “intended to create a vibrant and colorful pedestrian destination,” according to the city guidelines prepared by 4240 Architecture. (Rendering provided)

Proposed guidelines for the North Laurens Street pedestrian area between West Washington Street and One City Plaza in downtown Greenville include string lights, outdoor seating and decorative spheres at the entrance of the Aloft Hotel. The city’s plans for the “vibrant district off Main Street” are on the Design Review Board’s Aug. 6 agenda. Read More...

The GSA Business Power Event Series focuses on topics of interest to the Upstate business community. Each event is a moderated panel discussion with panelists and audience members. Video clips from recent events:


  • Economic Prosperity - Key economic developers from the Upstate gathered to discuss their progress in getting outside companies to locate here.  (August 7th, 2014)

  • Taking Flight - Aerospace executives discussed one of the fastest growing industries in South Carolina.  (October 9th, 2014)

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Greenville among S.C. cities least affected by inflation

The Greenville metro area is among those areas least affected by inflation in South Carolina, according to data from SmartAsset, which ranked six metro areas in the state. The Sumter metro area ranked as the least affected area in the state, followed by the Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach metro area and Greenville. Read More...

GrandSouth Q2 earnings up 61% year over year

GrandSouth Bancorp., parent company of GrandSouth Bank, reported earnings of $1.66 million or 46 cents per diluted common share, for the second quarter, an increase of 61% from earnings in the prior-year period of $1.03 million, or 30 cents per diluted common share. Net income for the six months ended June 30 totaled $3.45 million. Read More...

Spartanburg Neighborhood Market set for August opening

A Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market is set to open Aug. 5 at Cedar Springs in Spartanburg. The 42,000-square-foot facility will be the fourth such store Wal-Mart has in the Upstate, joining two locations in Greenville and one in Anderson. Read More...

Converse College makes Legacy Charter School STEM partner

Converse College and Legacy Charter School in Greenville are starting a partnership to help support science, technology, engineering and math literacy in Legacy’s Early College High School division. Legacy students will make monthly visits to the Spartanburg campus for laboratory experiences, mentoring and career exploration. Read More...


Economists give Upstate midyear outlook

GSA Business asked three S.C. economists for their views on the economy for the next six months. Joseph C. Von Nessen at the University of South Carolina’s Moore School of Business; Steve Slifer, owner of NumberNomics; and Bruce Yandle, at the Clemson University College of Business and Behavioral Science, weighed in with their economic outlooks. Read More...

DHEC chief aims to offer ‘certainty’ to regulated businesses

Catherine Heigel, director of the state Department of Health and Environmental ControlWith new federal carbon pollution rules and likely lawsuits on the horizon, it’s important for businesses to have a sense of what they can do to comply with regulations affecting their operations, says Catherine Heigel, director of the state Department of Health and Environmental Control.  Read More...