Scott Carr, VP, Commercial Business & Communications, GSP Airport District

Welcome Terence Roberts, TATT Chairman

Mayor Roberts spoke about the initial Creating a Safer Upstate Discovery meetings, and the action items forthcoming.

Guest Presentation Scott Carr, Vice President, Commercial Business & Communications, GSP International Airport

Scott discussed GSP’s response to COVID-19, a passenger activity update, and how GSP is preparing for recovery. You can see his presentation here.

TATT Updates Dean Hybl, TATT Executive Director

Dean introduced the Creating Upstate Unsung Heroes Virtual Event on November 18. Register and nominate your Unsung Hero here.

Stay tuned for upcoming TATT Chat guest speakers! Networking time 20 minutes prior to the meeting on upcoming TATT Chats!

Sign on early to network with friends and colleagues, and stay afterwards to chat for a few minutes as well.

Anderson (David McCuen, City of Anderson)

Anderson Strong Promise campaign: worked with hospitals and community to start a campaign to roll out by Fourth of July with broadcast on 19 TV stations, billboards, local radio, over 1,000,000 impressions, included mask blitz, added flu shots and census sign ups

Economic development is accelerating with new hotel completion date 2021 with 87 rooms, conference room space, main street retail space, pocket park and commercial space for grill and bar

Working with developer on the north side and with Council’s support creating a public plaza and street scape to include hotels, downtown living, attractions to bring people downtown including retail, such as groups of breweries

Housing growth is still going very strong

Greenwood (Kelly McWhorter, Discover Greenwood)

Hosted southern regional water ski championships, Jr Golf Assoc event with 78 golfers from over 14 states/5 countries Hoping to host the Crappy USA Fishing Tournament to bring us fisherman, hotel rooms, etc.

New campaign called “Boost Greenwood” to improve public safety, increase neighborhood vibrancy, quality of life

Over $150k in small business funding received from city/state Local children’s home decorating downtown for the holidays

Greenville (Sharon Self, Greer Development Corporation)

Downtown construction complete with Hampton Inn Hotel, parking deck, and mixed-use development is in the works with housing, retail, brewery

Lost two small businesses, but gained eight, including one that closed and came back.

Much business growth despite COVID Trade Street closed on Friday nights for restaurant seating

Laurens (Councilman Brown Patterson, Laurens County)

Secured two grants near two million dollars for lighting/improvements to Laurens Airport

Two new businesses, and two expansions (over $50 million) 500 acre/3 million square foot industrial park under construction with first buildings done 934 initial unemployment claims, down to 48 now

All manufacturers back to pre-COVID staffing levels 3,000 residential lots in development Inside the city, parking upgrades, and 3 historic buildings on the square in restoration

City of Clinton broke ground yesterday on sports complex: amphitheater, trails, bike trails, baseball fields

Oconee (Morgan Holcomb, Oconee Economic Alliance)

Economic development busier than ever with new director they have dealt with pandemic, tornado but things improving

Clean up last week for one of hardest hit areas

COVID levels have been pretty low

Quality of life side good with much boat buying

Lots of economic development leads