Upstate Headlines: SC Ranks #5 in CEO Ratings

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A collection of the top Upstate headlines for the week of May 12, 2014.

S.C. Ranks #5 in CEO Ratings– South Carolina ranks as the fifth-best state in which to do business, according to Chief Executive magazine’s annual Best & Worst States for Business survey. The Palmetto State, which moved up from No. 8 in 2013, drew four stars, the magazine’s top rating, for taxations and regulations, workforce quality and living environment, the annual survey of CEOs showed…

Greer and Mauldin are Growing Cities – As the Upstate continues to be a desirable place, communities here continue to grow and urban sprawl continues to form. How do residents of these densely populated urban areas acquire the urban services they need?

Ribbon cutting for One City Plaza in DT Greenville– With a dedication and ribbon cutting Tuesday morning, it’s official: The former Piazza Bergamo off Main Street in Downtown Greenville is now One City Plaza. Mayor Knox White joined other officials in the opening of the public space adjacent to Project ONE…

View of River, downtown sold owner on Riverplace home featured in Condo Rondo– “All it took was one look out the window” to sell Melinda Smith on her Riverplace condo. Smith was the last person to buy at 154 Riverplace in 2005 and the first person to move into the development that offers spectacular views of the Reedy River, the Wyche Pavilion, the Peace Center and Main Street…

New Greenville HQ Anchors Park Sterling Bank Expansion– Charlotte-Based Park Sterling Corporation signed a lease last week for a new Greenville office that will serve as the regional headquarters for Park Sterling Bank. The 15,000-square-foot space at 617 E. McBee Ave. is an important step in securing the bank’s foothold in the Upstate…

Hitt, GADC Celebrate Economic Development Success in Greenville– The Greenville Area Development Corporation, created by Greenville County Council, and charged with enhancing  quality of life in Greenville County by facilitating job growth and investment, revealed results from another strong year in economic development at its annual Investor Meeting & Luncheon at the Poinsett Club…

5 Partners Bring Complimentary Skill Sets to Graycliff Capital– What do five Real Estate experts who have very different skill sets do when they meet and find out they get along and share the same values? They create a company together and start tackling the rehab of “tired” apartment complexes to give them a fresh look…

Former Blandin’s Clean Up Shop in West End will be Location of New Townhomes– When the owner of Blandin’s Clean Up Shop on Main Street in Greenville’s West End retires in a few months, a group of local developers already have plans to transform the auto-detailing business property and two adjoining parcels into a new townhome development…

Greenville- An Art Destination– Profit and Passion. To make Greenville a true art destination, area creators are focusing on the bottom line. There are cities of all sizes, including Greenville, that promote themselves as art destinations. It begs the question: What makes a true art city?…