Greenville's revitalization topic at First Friday event
Chamber members will have the opportunity to hear from Nancy Whitworth, Deputy City Manager and Director of Economic Development, City of Greenville at First Friday Means Business in March.
Whitworth will discuss the key turning points in Greenville’s development history and the role that continuity of vision played in successful implementation of the plans - even through leadership changes.
“The Greenville we enjoyed visiting recently is a direct result of a strategic plan developed over 30 years ago that built upon the unique features in that community,” said Chamber President and CEO J. David Jameson. “Aiken is starting at a higher base line than Greenville did years ago when it was made up of empty store fronts and abandoned buildings. We already have a wonderful downtown and simply want to make sure it continues to grow and thrive.”
Whitworth credits unique development partnerships and mutual respect between both private and public sectors as one of the key factors to Greenville’s success. “Creating an atmosphere conducive to office, residential, retail, entertainment and the arts has been an evolutionary process marked with significant achievements, and even some missteps,” Whitworth said. “The effect of the major revitalization of the central business district has had far-reaching impacts to the whole community.”
This is the third and final part of the series featuring speakers from each community visited on the Aspirational Tour the Chamber took this past September.
In addition to Whitworth’s presentation, there will be updates from the city, county, Chamber and this month’s First Friday Means Business sponsor AT&T. Members who wish to register for the February First Friday Means Business should visit the Chamber’s calendar of events at www.aikenchamber.net.