Accelerate Greenville

HOW TO BUILD A REGION THAT BUILDS THE FUTURE

Accelerate is Greenville’s private sector fueled economic development initiative. It exists above and beyond regular Greenville Chamber initiatives in an aggressive and forward-thinking effort to cultivate further growth. Results to date have been more than promising. We have identified four major strategies for growth to take our region into the future:

GROW NEW COMPANY HEADQUARTERS
Companies keep the majority of their wealth where they’re headquartered. NEXT is building an ecosystem where risk takers and pioneers can thrive and generate high-quality jobs and wealth.

OUR GOALS TO 2020 INCLUDE:

  • New full-time jobs created | 1,000
  • New capital investments | $200 million
  • Total payrolls paid out | $300 million
  • High growth companies supported | 250
  • Finalize NEXT Manufacturing Phase Two launch, maintain 90% capacity at all three facilities and explore new life-science facility
  • Successful exits | 2

POSITION OUR WORKFORCE FOR 21ST CENTURY OPPORTUNITIES
Workforce is the differentiating factor when communities compete for capital investment and jobs. The region that best solves that problem will be the one that accelerates its growth to a new level.

OUR GOALS TO 2020 INCLUDE:

  • Expand the pool of eligible workers in the region | Ease the barriers to gainful employment
  • Expand the pool of trained workers in the region | Work with key partners to align workforce systems with employer needs
  • Expand the number of employed workers in the region | Work with education institutions to identify opportunities to connect the right students to the right employers


INCREASE THE NUMBER OF, AND THE PERFORMANCE OF MINORITY-OWNED BUSINESSES
Diversity is essential to a well-rounded and resilient economy. We intend to continue funding the Minority Business Accelerator, supplier diversity and
more efforts to foster inclusiveness.

OUR GOALS TO 2020 INCLUDE:

  • Total number of minority-owned businesses served | 60
  • Contracts revenue | $15 million
  • Increase in jobs announced by minority business executives | 100
  • Recruitment of companies participating in supplier diversity efforts | 5
  • Increase in introductions and referrals | 200
  • Increase RFPs/RFQs | 100
  • Increase capital/financing | $2 million


LEAD NEW TRANSFORMATIVE PROJECTS
Greenville has been shaped by big thinking. An international airport. A technical college. A medical school. A performing arts center. A downtown baseball stadium. An automotive research center. Accelerate exists in large measure to help spark and support game-changing projects.

OUR GOALS TO 2020 INCLUDE:

  • Support IMED, the overarching brand for a chain of life sciences/biomedical/healthcare innovation campuses to be developed along the I-185 and I-85 corridors
  • Identify and lead transformative projects in collaboration with economic development allies

 

 

For more information on Accelerate or to find out how you can invest, please contact Hank Hyatt, VP of Economic Competitiveness at 864-239-3714.

 

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