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#YeahTHATAgenda: Out-of-market firms coming to GVL?, County Square Project in Doubt, Duke Foods Expands, Robotic Spiders, Amazon is Listening to Your Conversations

Apr 11, 2019 01:39PM ● By Chris Haire
Will several out-of-town firms soon announce a move to the GSA market? The answer is "likely," according to the first quarter real estate report from Colliers International.

In the report, Colliers notes, "The Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson office market is in high demand. Out-of-town users are beginning to tour the office buildings and, due to the livability rating, low cost of living, and overall positive economy and business climate of the region, these prospects are likely to land deals in the next few quarters."

Office rental rates across the GSA area are up from from Q1 2018, but the rental rates for Class A offices in the central business district are down from the same period. 

Vacancies are expected to increase, especially in the Greenville central business district where  "268,000 square feet of office construction is underway." Most of that office space will come courtesy of the new Camperdown development at Broad and Main streets.

The first quarter 2019 also brought with it 40,567 square of new office space -- 615 Congaree Road in Greenville  and 411 Industrial Ct. in Spartanburg -- while overall 62,040 square feet was absorbed. 

The market remains tenant friendly and will be so for the time being. "Due to construction deliveries and an uptick in vacancy within the suburban markets, a tenant is able to pick and choose the type and/or size of suites available to them," Colliers reports.

Learn to improve your cross-cultural business skills: The World Affairs Council Upstate, in partnership with Upstate SC Alliance, will be hosting a half-day training session designed to help attendees develop strong and effective cross-cultural business skills.

The current global economy calls for employees to possess the necessary skills to interact effectively with people from different cultural backgrounds. Knowing how to market in an appropriate context, negotiate and not alienate, forge trust, and successfully communicate are keys to success.

This workshop provides participants with the tools to be more fluent in any global business setting with a focus on the differences between Germany and France, as well as China and Japan. Brad Gosche, vice president and lead certified trainer of the Global Fluency Institute in Columbus, Ohio, will lead the workshop.

The afternoon panel discussion is an opportunity to hear from our expert panel, ask questions, and learn the importance of having our Upstate business community become globally fluent.

Led by moderator Dee Kivett, of Next Gen Supply Chain Integrator, panelists will share their first-hand experience in international business and the do's and don'ts that come through years of experience at the top of their fields.

The workshop and panel discussion will be on Tuesday, April 23 on 1 N. Main Street in Greenville.


  • 10:00 am - 2:00 pm: Half-Day Training Workshop, includes lunch

  • 2:30 - 4:00 pm: Expert Panel Discussion; Q & A

  • 4:00 - 5:00 pm: Networking Reception

Ticket prices:
$150: Global Fluency half-day workshop, lunch, expert panel discussion, and networking reception.

  • $25: Expert panel discussion and networking reception.

  • $10 full time student price: Expert panel discussion and networking reception. School ID required. Email for the student promo code.

To register, click here.

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US House endorses Net Neutrality but the outlook remains grim (Wired)

The new CEO behind Burger King, Popeyes, and Tim Hortons reveals his plans for the future of the chains (Business Insider)

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Best & Brightest 35 and Under
Emanuel Flemming
Southernside Block Partnership | Executive Board
Age 35

Being a veteran and clergyman and having grown up on the west side of Greenville, I have befriended and interacted with people from all walks of life. I was taught by my parents and grandmother how to care for those less fortunate and how to be grateful for all you have; I remember being exposed to and involved with social issues, protests, marches, and events at an early age. My grandmother ran a community center that focused on feeding and clothing the homeless, feeding and fellowshipping with senior citizens, and providing a summer camp and enrichment programs for local youth.

My future aspirations are to become a certified chaplain, both as a civilian and within the military; hold a doctor of divinity degree; and become a philanthropist.

I personally feel that my life experiences and rearing has made me a humble, servant-minded, hard-working, caring, respectful, and optimistic man. I believe all people need are some success stories to motivate them and help them achieve more out of life. I also believe that your blessings come in being a blessing to others. I am here to serve, God, family, country, and community until my time is up.