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Department of Economic Development

Business Environment

Home to internationally recognized industries, Greenville is the economic center of the Upstate. Greenville’s ability to attract both small local companies and major international corporations is the result of an uncommon cooperation between city government and the private sector. Recognized as a leader in developing public/private partnerships, Greenville’s entrepreneurial spirit and strong workforce creates an incredible magnet for business. In addition, Greenville is located in the heart of a right-to-work state and a foreign trade zone.

With more than 250 international firms, the Upstate boasts the highest international investment per capita in the nation. Greenville is home to such national and international corporations as Fluor and Hubbell Lighting - with BMW and Michelin North America located nearby.

Having annexed more than 1,970 acres (3.07 square miles) of prime development property since 2001, Greenville is at the cutting edge of new economic development opportunities. These annexations have included the Millennium Campus, a private R&D development and home to the corporate headquarters of Hubbell Lighting as well as the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR), - a public-private joint venture - which is striving to be the premiere automotive, motion research and education facility in the world. The 250-acre campus includes the BMW Information Technology Research Center, the Carroll A. Campbell Jr. Graduate Engineering Center, and JTEKT, all of which are housed in LEED-certified buildings, as well as the site for Proterra's new manufacturing facility and the Center for Emerging Technologies (CET).

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Greenville also serves as a major shopping and dining destination for the Upstate region and beyond. Regional shopping centers such as Haywood Mall, Shops at Greenridge and The Point complement unique shopping districts found throughout the city.


Greenville is located in the northwestern corner of South Carolina along I-85,
one of the busiest interstates in the nation. The area is centrally situated between two of the largest cities in the Southeast, Charlotte, North Carolina, and Atlanta, Georgia, and is one of the most rapidly growing areas of the country and the fastest in the state.

Quality of Life

Photo of Reedy River at the Peace Center Amphitheatre and Wyche PavillionLocated in the beautiful setting of the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Greenville offers a relaxed lifestyle, with an award winning downtown, mild climate, great schools, access to spectacular natural amenities and a thriving arts and cultural community. Greenville is a metropolitan city that understands the meaning of community. More information for newcomers


Strategically situated along the mega-growth I-85 corridor between Atlanta, GA, and Charlotte, NC, Greenville is easily accessible via air, road and rail. Greenville is located 100 miles from the capitol city of Columbia and only 200 miles from the Port City of Charleston. More Transportation Information

Greenlink is the Greenville area public transportation service. Greenlink offers 11 fixed routes to destinations all across Greenville County. All Greenlink buses are wheelchair accessible, and each Greenlink bus is equipped with a bike rack to make commuting easier for bike riders. The Greenlink system also features GAP, a complimentary ADA paratransit service provided for individuals who, because of their disability, are unable to use Greenlink's fixed route bus service. More information.


Nancy Whitworth
Director of Economic Development

Tracy Dozier
Project Manager

Mary Douglas Hirsch, AICP
Downtown Development Manager

Greg Strait
Economic Development Analyst

Tracy D. Ramseur
Development Coordinator

Stephanie d’Ablemont
Economic Development Assistant

You can reach our office during business hours by calling
We are located at:
206 S. Main St.
(9th floor)
Greenville, SC

Our mailing address:
City of Greenville,
Economic Development
P.O. Box 2207
Greenville, SC 29602

or email us with your questions or comments.

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