GREENVILLE IS SERIOUS ABOUT LEARNING FROM OTHER COMMUNITIES.
While Greenville gets accolades from across the spectrum of organizations and media outlets, we know that Greenville constantly competes with other first tier communities for investment, for jobs and for the talent that makes it all happen. The best way to compete is to learn what has helped other successful communities grow and to apply that learning to our own situation.
The Greenville Chamber’s Intercommunity Leadership Visit provides a biennial opportunity for local leaders to spend three days in world-class cities across the country learning how we can accelerate our growth in ways that make sense to us. In addition to learning opportunities, these visits provide a great way to develop lasting relationships with current and emerging Greenville leaders.
Past visit destinations have included: Austin, Pittsburgh, Dublin/Galway, Orlando, Boston/Providence, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Birmingham/Valencia.
In between each visit, time is spent on the ground in Greenville exploring our own development initiatives, fostering new ideas and developing action plans that will enhance the future of Greenville.
OTHER COMMUNITIES ARE SERIOUS ABOUT LEARNING FROM GREENVILLE.
While we emulate best practices from other communities, other communities are sending delegations to learn more about Greenville’s development. Each year, between 10 and 15 delegations from across the globe spend several days in Greenville exploring downtown, meeting with City officials, dining with local business leaders, etc.
The Greenville Chamber relies on local partners to make these visits a success. In addition to pairing cities with area developers, we identify “Greenville Ambassadors” who are willing to tell their own version of the Greenville redevelopment story. These ambassadors may help with providing tours, acting as docents at a luncheon or just attending a reception to provide a friendly Greenville welcome to our visitors.
Recent and upcoming delegations include: Akron, Jacksonville, Longview (TX), Springfield, (MO), Columbus (GA), Mobile (AL) and Fayette (GA).
There is a positive value-add for Greenville giving a peak under the tent for these delegations. Unpaid media space dedicated to the success of Greenville has been provided in many markets and, in some cases, economic development projects have been brought to Greenville as a result of this exposure.
WAYS TO ENGAGE
If you would like to either learn more about what other communities are doing in terms of development and how that relates to what is happening on the ground in Greenville OR if you would like to act as a Greenville Ambassador for one of the visiting delegations, please contact Hank Hyatt.
ARE YOU A COMMUNITY LOOKING TO VISIT GREENVILLE?
Over the past five years, more than 65 cities have chosen Greenville for guidance with their own transformational initiatives. We welcome them and we have a unique way of bringing our story to them. If your community is looking for a city to visit that has the cool factor, has figured out how to work well with others, has a story to tell that will inspire your community to strive for transformation and success, look no further than Greenville, SC. We will help you with the necessary introductions, work with your staff to develop comprehensive agendas, and be sure that your city leaves with information and great idea gained from our experience. We answer the tough questions and show you a city that has learned how to do it.
To request assistance in coordinating your city’s Intercommunity Visit to Greenville, please complete this form and email it to Hank Hyatt.
For additional information, please contact Hank Hyatt, VP of Economic Competitiveness at 864-239-3714.