The rise of the Upstate as a manufacturing hub is one of the essential stories of the 21st Century American South. It is a story that has led to population booms, revitalized downtowns, and tied the area to the lucrative international automobile industry.
The chairman of the Spartanburg County Council envisions a future in which Spartanburg and Greenville become a joint force in driving Upstate growth and economic development.
As you drive through Pickens County, you might mutter under your breath about potholes, seemingly unsynchronized traffic lights and road congestion.
Richard Blackwell, executive director of Oconee Economic Alliance, stresses the importance of “ready” infrastructure in the pursuit of economic development.
The Bridges of Madison County is a cheesy love story. This story is about the bridges of Laurens County, an allegorical tale of roads, infrastructure, vision, and, yes, wooden bridges. Laurens County has 19 of them, and while the Upstate’s more urbanized counties face complicated and costly people-moving solutions, Laurens County is working to bridge the stakeholders of yesterday and tomorrow.
Greenwood County’s transportation infrastructure is solid for now, but there is a clear need for major improvements in the near future, partly due to continued robust economic development in the area. Of course, growth and new industries bring both blessings and challenges.
The nation’s fourth-fastest growing city, Greenville faces growing pains in large part because of its growing popularity. Turns out that in terms of the nearly 6,000 miles of roads in much of the Upstate, popularity leads to more than just potholes.
Leaders in Cherokee County stress the need for better funding from the state as one of the poorest counties in the Upstate struggles to meet the needs of business, industry, and local residents.
Anderson County is blossoming, but it still is tied to a regional transportation system that’s in need of attention–and plenty of money for repairs and updates.
The business lifeblood of Abbeville County surges through an artery that’s 25 miles long and four lanes wide.