“One Spartanburg” report card shows significant gains that show prosperity of county


The One Spartanburg initiative, which aims to spur economic growth and the standard of living in the county, is now two-years-old.

It was all started as a vision of what Sparkle City could look like in 5 years.  And Tuesday night the Chamber of Commerce released the latest report card.

There was a time not too long ago when Spartanburg didn’t get a lot of props from recent college graduates like Madison Cummings. 

“I saw the changes that were being made and the growth that we were are experiencing and I wanted to be a part of it,” said Cummings.

 Now it’s Spartanburg’s time to do a little bragging.

“We have a swagger today, we’re winning regionally, statewide and we are going to continue to do that,” said Allen Smith, the President and CEO of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce is refering to promising results of the latest report card from One Spartanburg.

It shows significant gains in things like tourism, per capita income, and perhaps most importantly attracting and keeping a skilled workforce.

“This data affirms that young people, young professionals are choosing Spartanburg,” said Smith.

He adds investments like the Montogomery Building, AUG Smith, and the Chapman Culteral Center are laying a foundation for revitilization. 

Part of the programs success is that it’s data driven.  Take the foot traffic counters for instance. The divices throughout the city show retailers that there’s an average of 233,500 foot traggic counts per month.

That helps tranlate to fewer vacancies.

“We’re approaching the tipping point. I’ll be curious to see where the next phase goes,” said Wayne Sigler, who says he picked Spartanburg because of its reputation as an up and coming Southern city.

Smith says what you see now is just the start.   

“There are some transformative projects in the pipeline, none of which I can speak about right now for downtown specifically, that will, to use the overuse term, will be game changers,” said Smith.

This coming year One Spartanburg’s big push is to launch a “talent marketing platform” to recruit more white collar workers, and also a “corporate recruitment strategy” to bring in more professional level jobs.

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