Construction begins on Greenville’s $30M Aloft hotel

The city of Greenville’s design review board approved plans in October for Aloft Hotel, which will cost around $30 million including construction of the parking lot below it. (Rendering provided)Construction firm Brasfield & Gorrie began construction on the 144-room Aloft Hotel and the 470-space city parking garage below it. The hotel and garage will be adjacent to mixed-use development Project One and will have access to retail space on Laurens Street, which will be Greenville’s first dedicated pedestrian street. 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:

  • Show Me The Money! --  Twelve of the state's 40 fastest growing companies are from the Upstate.  All were honored and three execs talked about how they did it. (December 4th, 2013)

  • A Chat With the Mayor - Greenville Mayor Knox White discussed a variety of developmental topics.  Click to see five video clips.  (February 20th, 2014) 
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Hitt: S.C. the ‘beast of the Southeast’

South Carolina’s chief job recruiter told a Greenville audience the state has been branded the “beast of the Southeast” for its economic development prowess. State Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt also called on counties to develop site-ready properties to attract business.  Read More...

Spartanburg working for healthier, more vibrant northside neighborhood

A key element of Spartanburg's plan to promote economic development on the northside is set to open this May. The Healthy Food Hub will be home to a regular farmers market as part of the city's Northside Initiative. Read More...

Scio Diamond board, CEO punch back at takeover group

Scio Diamond's CEO has joined with directors of the Greenville company in opposing a takeover effort by dissident shareholders. CEO Mike McMahon in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing publicly took sides with the board Tuesday for the first time. Read More...

Greenville company developing low-emission locomotive

The Greenville Locomotive (Rendering provided)Greenville train builder Motive Power and Equipment Solutions Inc. has given its newly developed natural gas- and diesel-powered locomotive the name of its home city. The company has been in Greenville 15 years and a top executive said the name is “highly regarded.” Read More...


Erwin Penland co-founders give $1M to Clemson

Clemson University advertising and communications students will benefit from scholarships, added faculty and classroom space funded with gifts from the co-founders of the Greenville-based Erwin Penland advertising firm.  Read More...

New trade deals may open doors for S.C.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, middle, CU-ICAR Executive Director Fred Cartwright, left, and Clemson President James Clements. (Photo provided)Approval of trade agreements that would create jobs in South Carolina by removing regulatory hurdles and lowering tariffs is linked to a political decision in Washington, but German trade executives and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker are optimistic. Read More...