Upstate Headlines: Charleston Strong

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A collection of the top Upstate headlines for the week of July 29, 2015.

Charleston Strong– After an act of unspeakable hate, a city and a state unite with love and tears. “Hate won’t win.” That’s the message preached over the past week from the pulpits of churches in Greenville and across the Upstate, more than 200 miles away from where the unthinkable happened…

Iron Yard launches first global location in London– Greenville-based coding school The Iron Yard announced plans to hop the pond with its first international location, expanding its three-month developer boot camp classes to students in London this July…

NEXT moves– Next Manufacturing could strengthen startup, workforce pipeline. It’s a tall order, but a yet-unnamed downtown manufacturing center cold take a crack at problems that span workforce, economic, manufacturing and community development if everything goes as planned, according to the project’s partners…

Looking downstream– YMCA unveils plan for amphitheater, education space. The Reedy River is arguably one of the Greenville’s greatest natural assets, and organizations like Friends of the Reedy River are devoted to preserving and restoring it. This week, Friends of the Reedy River partnered with the Caine Halter YMCA to unveil a plan to roll out a number of projects aimed at preserving the river, while educating the next generation about the river’s importance…

Pantex to open first U.S. plant in Simpsonville– Pantex International S.p.A, a hygiene materials producer primarily, is establishing its first U.S. operations in Simpsonville. The $10.4 million investment is expected to create 45 new jobs in Simpsonville over the next five years…

Hotel coming to Greenville’s West End– Homewood Suites developers buy body shop property on South Main for $2.7 million. From fixing cars to sleeping beds, another piece of downtown Greenville’s West End is set to be repurposed…

CU-ICAR launches eight-year master plan refresh– Eight years after the most recent master plan update for the 250-acre Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research, the technology park’s road map is overdue for a refresh, and they’re looking for input from just about anybody, said CU-ICAR Executive Director Fred Cartwright…

Greenville Health System named one of the top 50 companies for women and diverse managers to work– Greenville Health System has been named one of the top 50 companies for women and diverse managers to work by Diversity MBA Magazine. Companies included in this ranking have established programs that create access for women and people of color to move into top leadership roles…

Habitat celebrates 330 homes in Greenville– Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County has kicked off construction for the 330th Habitat home built in the Upstate. Community members joined together on Wednesday, June 24 in the Abigail Springs Subdivision for a wall raising ceremony, accompanied by the homeowners. The wall raising is one of the most important and iconic moments for a Habitat Build project, said Monroe Free, Habitat Greenville’s President and CEO…