Upstate Headlines: Spartanburg leaders rally for 5-year visioning plan

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A collection of the top Upstate headlines for the week of September 12, 2015.

SpartanburgSpartanburg leaders rally for 5-year visioning plan– Spartanburg County could soon have a strategic development plan similar to those that lit up Austin, Nashville, Portland and Greenville. Along with business and community partners, the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce is spearheading the effort to hire Atlanta-based Market Street Services to craft a five-year community and economic development plan for the county…

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Zipit Wireless stakes its claim– Company has raised a total of $22.78 million since 2007 and holds nine patents. If technology is a no-rules gold rush, then patents are how you stake your claim. For Greenville-based Zipit Wireless, that claim is five years in the making – not to mention millions in R&D – and they’re ready to defend it…

 

 

GrowlerHaus_featured-635x325FIRST LOOK: Growler Haus – Fountain Inn– Growler Haus is launching a third location in the Upstate, adding to its Anderson and Spartanburg presence. The Fountain Inn spot held a soft opening recently and started food service this week with Table 301’s Papi’s Tacos sharing space in the partnership…

 

Magna_logo-635x325Auto supplier Magna invests $50.8M, adds 153 jobs after new BMW business– Canadian auto supplier Magna International is expanding its Greenville County operations to support new business with BMW. Magna International’s $50.8 million investment will go toward a 165,000-square-foot exteriors facility at Matrix Park to supply exterior front and rear parts…

SpurrierUSC says a reluctant goodbye to its Head Ball Coach Steve Spurrier– If there’s anything that college football coaches are familiar with, it’s change. Their team rosters change, their staff changes, their job status changes. It’s part of the job, even for a certified legend like the University of South Carolina Gamecocks football coach Steve Spurrier…

 

Screen Shot 2015-10-16 at 2.30.42 PMSummer 2015 Upstate Under Construction– This installment of Upstate Under Construction features an array of industrial, medical, education, religious and residential projects. The projects range in size from an energy-efficient single-family home to a 175,000-square-foot industrial spec building and in scope from a flagship dental office to a seven-building student residence complex…

 

Nicholas Sparks returns to Greenville– Having the majority of his best-selling novels made into feature films has changed the way author Nicholas Sparks works- to a point. Sparks says he now purposefully looks or stories that are original to print and the big screen…

 


OctoberfestSimpsonville set for Oktoberfest beer tasting event-The Sippin’ in Simpsonville wine tasting has been such a popular event in downtown Simpsonville each spring that it’s spawned a beer-tasting event in the fall. The second edition of Sippin’ in Simpsonville’s Oktoberfest is scheduled for Oct. 24 at 6 p.m…