Spartanburg scores $5.2M from Panthers Camp

Carolina Panther players sign autographs for fans at the team’s training camp held in Spartanburg. (Photo provided by Ian Curcio, Spartanburg Convention & Visitors Bureau)Economic activity spurred by this summer’s Carolina Panthers training camp generated an estimated $5.22 million for Spartanburg through direct spending and local and state government taxes and fees, according to a report by the Spartanburg Convention & Visitors Bureau. A second report estimated tourism revenues, those generated by people out of the area, to be around $3.2 million. 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:

  •  Is It Beer Thirty Yet? - Owners of the Upstate's five craft breweries discussed their industry.  A rep from Stone Brewery was on the panel.  (June 26th, 2014)

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

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Poll results: Let private sector speculate in real estate

The majority of respondents to this week’s reader poll do not support the use of taxpayer funds to back speculative industrial real estate construction, while others said governments must build sites to attract industry. Read More...

S.C. Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell suspends himself to address charges

S.C. House Speaker Bobby HarrellRep. Bobby Harrell, R-Charleston, was indicted Wednesday on two counts of misconduct in office, one count of false reporting on candidate campaign disclosures and six counts of using campaign funds for personal use.  Read More...

Port of Charleston gets $11 million for terminal upgrades at Wando Welch

Of the roughly $21 million awarded to South Carolina through the federal Tiger grant program, nearly $11 million will go toward infrastructure improvements at the Wando Welch Terminal in Mount Pleasant. The terminal needs to be strengthened to handle larger ships.  Read More...

Clemson climbs to new high in Best Colleges guide

U.S. News and World Report’s annual America’s Best Colleges guide for 2015 shows Clemson University in a tie at No. 20 and the University of South Carolina tied at No. 55 among public universities. Among the best national universities, Clemson is No. 62 and the University of South Carolina is No. 113. Read More...


Spinx expands with Midlands acquisitions

The Spinx Company Inc. has expanded in the Midlands market with the purchase of seven convenience stores in Columbia, Lexington, Irmo and Orangeburg, the Greenville-based retailer announced. Terms of the acquisitions were not released. Read More...

Emitec to expand in Laurens County

The automotive supplier plans to invest $3 million and hire 20 people to boost production of vehicle exhaust parts, the S.C. Department of Commerce and Upstate SC Alliance announced today.  Read More...