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Greenville, America's Number One Micro-City of the Future

Ms. Inglish is a successful employment & training pro, setting Midwest regional records with tens of thousands placed in gainful employment.

Falls Park in Downtown Greenville on the Reedy River.

Falls Park in Downtown Greenville on the Reedy River.

Why Is Greenville Best?

Greenville was named the Number One Micro-City of the Future in North America according to fDi Magazine. Continuing downtown district developments have boosted Greenville to the top spot as a successful American Microcity from 2009 through 2021 and likely far beyond.

One such project is the University Ridge Development that covers over 34 acres of downtown real estate, growing the local economy and attracting new people and businesses since the 1990s.

Greenville. South Carolina has consistently been named to Top 10 Cities lists selected by fDi Magazine, PM Magazine, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, Xome, CNN, Thrillist, and even Trip Advisor.

University Ridge Improvements

  • Well planned, more efficient use of urban real estate, including high density development.
  • Attractive, easy access, new urban buildings, hardscapes, and landscapes.
  • Efficient connectivity around Downtown areas, including better access to parks, trails, and other attractions; emphasis on walkability, greenspaces, and sites for easy public gathering.
  • Better Parking, and vehicle and pedestrian traffic flow.

Falls Park, Downtown

Historic Downtown Revival

This community home to many buildings listed on the U.S. National Historic Register including the site of one of the last homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Downtown, the "Hamptons Condominiums" is a large restoration project that gave rise to Hampton Station.

The project takes Downtown 1920s architecture and refreshes it to preserve a house that was formerly a pastor's home, a church. lofts, garden units, and townhouses for residential space.

At the same time, Fluor Corporation added an additional company division in Greenville to concentrate on renewable power to add to already operating nuclear, gas, solid fuel, and air quality control products and services.

Location of Major Assets

Assets: Access, Diversity and Cost of Living

  • This city enjoys a lower cost of living than many major southern cities, with only 89.7% of the national average shown in second quarter 2021.
  • Transportation is abundant with easy access to several airports that include Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, along with Amtrak service.
  • Greenville promotes diversity through its Furman University Diversity Leaders Initiative, the Greenville Chamber Hispanic Business Council, and the Chamber's Minority Business Accelerator. Local installations promote the history of Cherokee Nation in this area. Diversity is further supported by the city's Buddhist, Coptic/Egyptian Orthodox, Greek Orthodox, Hindu, Jewish, and Muslim faiths, as well as several mainline and non-denominational Christian groups.

Additional Assets

This community is recognized according to high ratings on:

  • high-quality economic potential
  • human resources and new jobs
  • cost-effectiveness
  • standard of living
  • improving infrastructure
  • Greenville is the county seat and manufacturing leader of the state, leading the economy of the Upstate Region.

As a medium-sized market, the ten-county Upstate Region makes up one of the strongest manufacturing centers in the country.

— Greenville Area Development Corporation; 2019

Largest Companies in Greenville: Most Hiring, Most New Jobs

  1. Prisma Health/Greenville Hospital System
  2. Greenville County School System
  3. Michelin North America
  4. Bi-Lo: Retail
  5. Bon Secours St. Francis Health System
  6. General Electric Power
  7. Duke Energy
  8. Greenville County Government
  9. Fluor Corporation: Engineering and Construction

Local Market Industry Leaders to 2028

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  1. Technologies
  2. Manufacturing
  3. Retail
  4. Healthcare
  5. Educational Services
  6. Entertainment and Culinary: Local and tourist trade

Higher Education

Greenville Area Sports

  • Greenville Chess Club (Yes, chess is a sport, at least for the Inner City Games and other organizations)
  • Greenville Drive Baseball
  • Greenville Griffins Rugby
  • Greenville Spinners Bicycle Club
  • Greenville Track Club
  • Foothills Youth Rodeo Association
  • South Carolina Kyudo Renmei: Japanese Longbow martial art of KYUDO, a sport not found everywhere.
  • South Carolina Force - indoor football.
  • College Level - Furman Paladins
  • Special Olympics


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2009 Patty Inglish MS

Experiences and Job Leads

Jenny Zhang from Ann Arbor, MI on July 07, 2009:

You know, normally when I hear NC or SC, I think of the research triangle, but this is good info about some of the other opportunities.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on June 01, 2009:

The newslink was/is set for SC and I see all SC news at this moment. The Grrowl and Braves websites are kaput, so I was able to find additional sports. Thanks again!

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on June 01, 2009:

Great advice, Woodson and I'll check it all out. Thanks for the visit and the tips.

Woodson from Minnesota on May 31, 2009:


Nice Hub. As a native of G-Vegas, I have a few comments:

I'm pretty sure the Growl and the G-Braves are both defunct. Also, it looks like your news feed is mostly for Greenville, NC– a very different town.

I do love the video.

Maafadiva from Charlotte, NC on May 19, 2009:

Nice Hub

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