Mayor's Minute: #shopGVL
with Mayor Knox White
Downtown Greenville. It’s where we take out-of-town guests for sightseeing. Where we take a loved one for a night out. Where we find unique gifts that can’t be bought at a big box store. Our downtown is vibrant and successful because of its mix of uses. It was planned and developed intentionally to create a steady flow of pedestrian traffic. When citizens can live, work, shop, eat and gather in an urban center it provides an energy throughout the day.
During the COVID-19 pandemic businesses in our City have been tested. They have modified, adapted, shifted and put in the sweat equity to stay open. Some have not been able to survive. Others are hanging in the balance.
Now is the time to act. Now is the time to invest in our community and the places that make it one-of-a-kind. Now is the time to break the online shopping routine that developed during the stay-at-home order. Think before you click. Ask yourself, “Can I get it in Greenville?”
The City is happy to partner with Greenville Federal Credit Union this month for #shopGVL. It is a two-week campaign from October 5-19 to encourage purchases at local, independent Greenville businesses. Greenville Federal Credit Union will present 3 winners with $1,000 and their favorite local retail shops will receive $1,000 too. See below in the newsletter for details.
ShopGVL. Your dollars matter.
How a South Carolina Park Plans to confront Its Racist History
CityLab, Oct. 29, 2018
The mayor discusses how the creation of Unity Park will unite two formerly segregated parks, and educate visitors about the area’s racially charged history.
Read CityLab article
South Carolina Park Looks To Uncover And Mend City’s Segregated History
Forbes, August 2018
Mayor White talks with Forbes magazine about the city’s plan to develop Unity Park, a $40 million park in an abandoned and once segregated part of the city.
City Parks: America’s New Infrastructure
City Parks Alliance, September 2017
Mayor White discusses the use of city parks to address urban challenges, from flood prevention to economic revitalization.
Watch the Parks Alliance video
Not All Forgotten American Cities Are Struggling
PBS News Hour, March 9, 2016
Journalists James and Deborah Fallows find a thriving community in Greenville that bucks the standard pessimistic narrative.
Watch the PBS video
Reshaping Rochester - Connecting A River City
WXXI Public Radio, April 6, 2016
Mayor Knox White shared his insight into how river cities can be connected and vibrant during a visit to Rochester.
Listen to the interview
Mayor Recognized by American Society of Landscape Architects
American Society of Landscape Architects, Nov. 9, 2015
Mayor Knox White was awarded Honorary Membership in the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) at the 2015 ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO, held in Chicago November 6-9, 2015.
Read the news release
Around Carolina, August 11, 2015
Hidden for 40 years, the downtown Reedy River falls - and the park built around it - has changed the face of the area.
Watch the Around Carolina report
The Case for Strong Mayors
The Atlantic, April 2014
Atlantic writer James Fallows uses Mayor Knox White and Greenville as a case-in-point, showcasing the leadership that has made Greenville a jewel of the South.
View The Atlantic Magazine article