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Upstate Receives Award for Excellence in Economic Development

June 30, 2023

Greenville, Spartanburg & the Upstate Receive Mac Conway Award

Site Selection Magazine has named Upstate SC Alliance, Greenville Area Development Corporation and OneSpartanburg, Inc. joint recipients of a 2023 Mac Conway Award. This prestigious award recognizes the efforts of economic development agencies that “worked tirelessly to bring projects large and small to their communities.”

Scores are awarded based on six criteria: total projects, total investment and total jobs associated with those corporate facility projects in 2022, and per capita calculations of those same three metrics. Additional communities recognized include Greater Phoenix Economic Council and REDI Cincinnati.

The report called out a number of significant projects in the region:

In 2022, the Upstate saw a high volume of new business interest, resulting in 68 projects, $3.9B in capital investment and 6,476 new jobs. The majority of these new projects came from engineered materials, automotive and transport, and industrial manufacturing — with aerospace and life sciences sectors also showing a significant amount of growth.

“Greenville and Spartanburg are both names that resonate in the industrial landscape, and the entire Upstate region benefits when either one is able to attract new investment,” Upstate SC Alliance President & CEO John Lummus says in the article. “It brings more business potential to the region’s 2,100 manufacturers, it deepens the pool of training that our technical colleges can provide, and it ultimately creates more opportunities for economic mobility. Any announcement within the region is a win across the region.”

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