Upstate Headlines: Spartanburg looks to increase access to high-speed internet

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A collection of the top Upstate headlines for the week of August 31, 2015.

Spartanburg looks to increase access to high-speed Internet– Spartanburg County community leaders this week launched Connected Spartanburg. The program seeks to increase the number of high-tech companies and jobs, ensure that schools have sufficient access to broadband, and maximize technology options for healthcare, libraries, local government and citizens…

Mill Village Market to open in Village of West Greenville-The Village of West Greenville has long been designated one of Greenville’s food deserts, with local residents having no nearby access to fresh foods. That’s about to change when the new Mill Village Market by Mill Community Ministries opens in early November…

UberXL now offered in Greenville– Ridesharing service Uber expanded its operations in Greenville by offering UberXL.The company’s lower cost service, UberX, was already available in the market. The UberXL cars offer room for up to six riders. Passengers have the ability to split ride costs with riders…

Greenville County Square project moving toward design– Greenville County officials are moving closer to a county government complex on the 30-acre tract where County Square is now located. County Council members set aside $20,000 in the 2015-16 budget and $40,000 in 2016-17 budget for the project. The county now needs to hire an architect, said council chairman Bob Taylor…

Spartanburg hosts South Carolina Men’s Tennis Pro Challenger– Tennis fans can see pro players compete, attend clinics, and socialize with the pros Sept. 10 -13. The City of Spartanburg will sponsor the SC Men’s Tennis Pro Challenger at the Country Club of Spartanburg.The tournament draws well-known professionals from the ATP Tour, and will combine world-class tennis with social activities, tennis instruction for junior players, and clinics for men, ladies, and juniors.

European grocery to expand to Woodruff Road– The tastes and smells of several European countries will soon come to Greenville when European Market, a specialty grocery store and deli, opens on Woodruff Road…

Duke Energy Seeks Proposals for Solar in South Carolina– Duke Energy issued a request for proposals (RFP) for about 53 megawatts (AC) of utility-scale solar capacity to be in-service in its South Carolina service areas by the end of 2016.The announcement is another step forward in Duke Energy’s Distributed Energy Resource Program, which was approved by the Public Service Commission on July 15. It marks an important milestone in realizing the vision of Act 236, or the Distributed Energy Resource Act of 2014…

Greenville Road Warriors to rebrand– The Greenville Road Warriors announce that they will now be known as the Greenville Swamp Rabbits. The Road Warriors came to Greenville in 2010 and were purchased by current owner, Fred Festa, chairman & CEO of W.R. Grace and Co., in 2012. Since their arrival, the team has been embraced by the Greenville community, making the rebranding a logical transition for the team…