Upstate Headlines: Poinsett District revitalization moves forward

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A collection of the top Upstate headlines for the week of December 8, 2014.

Poinsett District revitalization moves forward– Poinsett Highway- the gateway leading into Greenville from Travelers Rest by way of Furman University- rolls through multiple neighborhoods and businesses that have suffered from the demise of big textile employers in the area…

Developers: City of Greenville could change downtown project– A rendering of the development planned for The Greenville News site shows a seven-level hotel over retail on Main Street, apartments on top of retail overlooking Falls Street and a 10-story tower with offices topped by four levels of condos in a separate core.

New network takes aim at health care costs– Greenville Health System (GHS) announced this week the launch of a nine-county, health care provider collaboration to be called My Health First Network. The affiliation of 1,850 providers from GHS, Baptist Easley, Self Regional Healthcare and independent physicians will pursue best practices in health care delivery to improve patient care…

Learning from other cities– Cities must take the lead- not depend on the state or federal government- to address problems in urban areas, a group of Greenville representatives learned at the CEOs for Cities conference in Nashville. Ten public and private community leaders joined Greenville Mayor Knox White at the two-day CEOs for Cities conference last month…

SC manufacturing outpaces US growth– South Carolina gained manufacturing jobs for the third year in a row, according to the 2015 South Carolina Manufacturers Register, a database published by Evanston, Ill-based Manufacturers’ News Inc…

GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail usage jumps 20% in one year– The number of people using the Greenville Health System’s Swamp Rabbit Trail is up- way up- said Dr. Julian Reed, associate professor of health sciences at Furman University. Trail usage jumped 20 percent in one year: 403,000 in 2012 to more than 501,000 in 2013…

Magnolia Park sold for more than $80M– The Magnolia Park shopping center on Woodruff Road has been sold for excess of $80 Million dollars. Palm Beach, Fla.-based Menin Development sold the 38-acre shopping center to Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based Midland National Life Insurance Company…

All is bright– Roper Mountain Lights inspired children’s book “Oh, Whose Holiday Lights!” As Fred Baus and his grandsons, then 4 and 6 years old, crept along in a long line of cars to see the Roper Mountain Lights one December night last year, the lights suddenly were no longer visible…

The name of the game– Bob Jones grads launch funding campaign for game company Tantrum House.  At the beginning of summer, Will Meadows was critiquing the artwork of a board game he was playing with his now-business partner Ryan Pilz…