The Upstate is the engine driving South Carolina’s new economy. During the past seven years, companies have invested more than $9 billion in capital in the Upstate, creating nearly 35,000 jobs. More than 375 companies, representing 32 countries, call this area home, fueling South Carolina’s reputation as a global economic leader. Opened in 2013, the Inland Port provides shippers access to more than 95 million consumers within a one-day drive, and has proven to be an invaluable asset in recruiting new industry to the area.
From the automotive industry to carbon fiber, heavy machinery to distribution, the Upstate manufactures, ships and innovates - and, in the process, changes the world. That level of investment and economic success, however, would not be possible without partnerships - people pulling in the same direction to achieve common goals.
To that end, Spartanburg Community College is launching its inaugural Economic Visionaries event in March, 2017. This event will provide a wonderful opportunity to join together and celebrate our collective achievements, while exploring what our region’s economic future holds.
In an effort to honor outstanding companies that have invested in the economic and educational success of the Upstate, we will present four Economic Visionary Awards to companies who have achieved exceptional accomplishments.
Entry deadline has passed, but we hope you will participate in 2018!
Thursday, March 30, 2017 5:30 - 8:00 pm at Spartanburg Marriott, Heritage Ballroom 299 North Church Street, Spartanburg, SC 29306
Agenda5:30-6:00 pm - Sponsor VIP Reception with Mr. Newsome6:00-6:30 pm - Welcome & Invocation 6:30-7:30 pm - Dinner & Guest Speaker, Mr. James I. Newsome, III, President & CEO, South Carolina Ports7:30-8:00 pm - Presentation of SCC Economic Visionary Awards View or download event program and sponsors (PDF)
We are excited to welcome Mr. James I. Newsome, III, president and CEO of South Carolina Ports Authority, to the inaugural SCC Economic Visionaries event as our guest speaker. Founded in 1942, South Carolina’s public port system is the state’s most significant strategic asset. Its connectivity to the global marketplace influences economic development and job growth, and its commitment to capable, competitive operations will deliver positive impacts to the state and region for years to come. Join us and hear first-hand from Mr. Newsome future plans for the port and how he and his team manage one of the most critical economic drivers and key competitive advantages for our state. Learn more about how the SC port system is the number one greenest port in the Southeastern US; that generates 187,200 jobs throughout our state; and has a $53 billion annual impact on our state’s economy.
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