Upstate Headlines: South Carolina remains popular moving destination

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A collection of the top Upstate headlines for the week of January 4, 2016

635809579008884227-for-saleStudy: South Carolina remains popular moving destination
South Carolina remains the second most popular destination for state-to-state moves, according to a new study from United Van Lines. The national moving company analyzed its customers’ moving data for its annual National Movers Study. Oregon was the most popular destination for the third consecutive year, but South Carolina was close behind. United Van Lines handled 4,069 moves to and from the Palmetto State, and 2,538 of them — 62.4 percent — were incoming moves. Oregon had an incoming move rate of 69.0 percent.

Restaurant Week starts Thursday
Over 11 days and two weekends, food lovers will be able to take in a wide variety of cuisine across Greenville as part of Restaurant Week Greenville. The event kicks off Thursday and includes 42 restaurants across the Upstate serving a range of food from steak to traditional Southern food. Similar events are also being held in Charleston, Columbia, Beaufort, Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach. For the Greenville event, the organizers, S.C. Restaurant and Lodging Association, have made some changes, including the addition of lunchtime service at many restaurants and the ability to check-in at restaurants to earn prizes.

635875214825807663-CleanupSign-00Camperdown construction starts Feb. 1
Construction begins Feb. 1 on the first building planned at the massive Camperdown development – a four-story office building at the corner of Broad and Falls streets downtown that will serve as the new home of The Greenville News. Plans call for the 28,000-square-foot building to be finished sometime in the fall, though an exact date has not been set, said Gary Hutcher, construction manager for Centennial American Properties, the Camperdown developer. Trehel Corp. of Greenville has been hired as general contractor for the project, Hutcher said.

Screen Shot 2016-01-06 at 9.44.45 AMThe Spartanburg Chamber’s new leaders have big plans for harnessing the city’s growing millennial base
Long is the list of names that built Spartanburg, and that list is set to grow as a new generation of leaders begins to make its mark. For the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce, the changing of the guard is none more apparent than its 34-year-old President and CEO Allen Smith, and its 33-year-old Board of Directors chair-elect Todd Horne. They’re not alone, as nearly half of the Chamber’s 2016 executive board are under 40, and the pair’s plans for the county and city rely heavily on harnessing the energy and momentum from its growing millennial base.

Screen Shot 2016-01-06 at 9.53.43 AMBirds Fly South lands in Hampton Avenue space
Upstate fledgling brewery Birds Fly South Ale Project has landed. The startup’s owner announced he will set up his brewery in a former cotton warehouse at 1320 Hampton Avenue Extension in Greenville. The 9,000-square-foot space near the Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail already features sturdy wooden pillars and exposed brick. It will house a tasting room with roll-up doors, a stage for live music and brewery space, said brewer and owner Shawn Johnson. After renovations, roughly 6,500 square feet will be used, he said.