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Gainesville Leaders Look to Greenville, SC for New Ideas, Inspiration

Gainesville Leaders Look to Greenville, SC for New Ideas, Inspiration

With an eye toward elevating the conversation around Greater Gainesville next steps toward becoming a global hub of talent, innovation and opportunity, regional leaders in business, education and government will spend the next two days exploring various business ecosystem components in Greenville, SC. Greenville—which is similar in demographics and assets to the Greater Gainesville region—has received a large amount of recognition in recent years for its ability to foster public-private partnerships to bolster business and innovation, and leverage its quality-of-life amenities to attract talented individuals and entrepreneurs.

Gainesville leaders will hear from individuals who have played a major role in catalyzing Greenville’s economic success, including its Mayor, Knox White; and other leaders representing business, research, education and more.

“I hope that this experience will give our delegation a real glimpse into the future we envision for our region, and inspire within all of us new ideas for how to achieve it,” said Chamber Chair John V. Carlson, who also is the President/CEO of CPPI. “I look forward to returning home rejuvenated and ready to infuse our efforts to make Greater Gainesville a global hub of talent, innovation and opportunity with best practices and fresh concepts of success.”

Today, attendees will tour Downtown Greenville as well as CU-ICAR, and hear from leaders including Dave Edwards, Gainesville-Spartanburg Airport Director; Russell Stall, Executive Director of Greenville Forward; Max Metcalf, Government & Community Relations Manager for Greenville’s BMW Manufacturing Facility; and more.

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