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April 11, 2011 - Vol 2, Issue 5
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Apr. 27 - Vision Unveiling & Workshop
8:30-noon - Carolina First Center
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MORE THAN 300 NOW REGISTERED FOR THE SHARED UPSTATE GROWTH VISION UNVEILING AND WORKSHOP ON APRIL 27TH; REGISTER TODAY!!!
Upstate Vision UnveilingWith the Shared Upstate Growth Vision Unveiling and Workshop on April 27, 2011 now little more than two weeks away, more than 300 people have already registered to attend the event, which will be held from 9 a.m. until noon at the Carolina First Center. This event is free and open to the public.

Be sure and register today!

The April 27th event is both the culmination of the development of the Shared Upstate Growth Vision, in which more than 9,000 Upstate residents have provided input over the last year, and the beginning of the regional campaign to identify and implement regional-scale actions that fit with the themes of the vision.

After the unveiling of the vision during the opening hour, participants will have the opportunity to take part in two 50-minute workshop session and can choose from five topics focused around the five elements of the vision: Human Potential, Economic & Entrepreneurial Vitality, Sustainable Growth, Natural Beauty & Resources and Community Vibrancy.

You can register for the event on the Shared Upstate Growth Vision web site. The registration deadline is April 22, 2011.

UPSTATE WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARD TO HOST
 "THINK GREEN, GROW GREEN" SUMMIT ON APRIL 26TH

Green Business

The Upstate Workforce Investment Board will host their second annual "Think Green, Grow Green" Summit on April 26th at The Hanger in Spartanburg.  

 

This event provides businesses with ways that they can "go green" as well as some of the benefits of using green practices. If you are interested in learning more about how sustainability can impact your bottom line, you won't want to miss this event!

 

The cost for individual attendees is $15 and includes lunch. Vendor displays are still available at the cost of $100.

 

For more information, contact Johnnie-Lynn Crosby at 864-562-4184 or visit the web site at

www.spartanburgchamber.com

 

SOUTH CAROLINA WELCOME CENTERS TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL TOURISM WEEK
SC Welcome Centers Each year, the South Carolina Welcome Centers designate the second week of May as National Travel and Tourism Week.  This year, May 7th - 15th has been designated for this special celebration.

Each South Carolina Welcome Center sets their own dates and schedules.  The Blacksburg Welcome Center, on I-85 @ the SC/NC border, will celebrate with special events on Thursday, May 12th. The Fair Play Welcome Center, on I-85 @ the SC/GA border, will have special activities on May 13th & 14th from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. 

What a surprise for the unsuspecting Interstate travelers who pull into the Welcome Center parking area as they suddenly discover there's a party going on, and they're the guests of honor!  The SC Welcome Centers invite any organization that deals directly with the South Carolina visitor:  hotels, B&Bs, attractions, restaurants, industry, CVBs, Chambers of Commerce, etc. to join them and take advantage of this free opportunity to express to our state's millions of visitors just how much we appreciate their visits to our beautiful state-and personally invite them back!

In the past, this event has had great participation from the tourism industry. Many have provided the visitors with treats such as product samples, iced tea or lemonade, baked goodies, fresh fruits, popcorn, pens, magnets and other trinkets. There also have been educational demonstrations and exhibits, individual and group performances, animal visits, games and cultural displays. Participants may also distribute their brochures, coupons and business cards.

Each Welcome Center (across the state) sets their own itinerary for the National Tourism Week celebration.  So if tourism partners want to participate, they need to contact the manager of each of the Welcome Centers they wish to participate with for information on the specific dates and to get on their respective participant list. 

For partners within the Upstate that wish to participate at the Fair Play Welcome Center during National Tourism Week (May 13-14, 2011), please call Amos Harper at 864-972-3731 or email at aharper@scprt.com.

You may also contact Sanjay Patel, manager of the Blacksburg Welcome Center, 864-839-6742 (spatel@scprt.com) or Lisa Davis, manager of the Landrum Welcome Center (I-26 @ the SC/NC border), 864-457-2228 (ldavis@scprt.com) to participate in their Welcome Center celebrations.

 

SHRED-IT GREENVILLE TO OFFER FREE SHREDDING ON APRIL 16TH     

Shred-It 

Shred-it Greenville, which specializes in providing secure on-site document and data destruction and Elliott Davis LLC, one of the largest accounting, tax and consulting services firms in the Southeast, are joining forces to hold an identity theft awareness; free shredding; and used cell phone collection event for the public on Saturday, April 16 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm.

The event will be held rain or shine at Elliott Davis' headquarters located at 200 East Broad Street in Greenville. For more information, please call 864.395.0900 or visit www.shredit.com/greenville. Shred-it employees will be on hand to accept personal documents that people want destroyed in Shred-it's secure on-site mobile shredders.

"Given that nearly 25 million Americans experience consumer fraud each year, it is imperative people take appropriate steps to protect themselves and their identity," said John Stewart, regional sales manager of Shred-it. "One of the best deterrents of preventing consumer fraud is to destroy your documents in a safe and secure manner, so we encourage people to help 'shred' identity theft by participating in this event."

In addition, at the event, Elliott Davis and Shred-it will be collecting used cell phones for Verizon Wireless' HopeLineŽ, which aims to help victims of domestic violence feel safer and less isolated by giving them a cell phone as a way to call emergency or support services. Collected phones will be completely scrubbed of data and fully refurbished before they are distributed through the program.


MOTORCROSS RACERS DESCEND ON UNION COUNTY

 

Big Buck Race

Union County SC was the center of the Motorcross world on April 9-10 as more than 1,300 racers descended on the area for the 15th Annual Pirelli Big Buck Race as part of the Grand National Cross Country Series (GNCC).  

 

Set on more than 100 acres of land in Union County owned by race founder Henry Turner, the Big Buck course provides one of the greatest challenges of the year for riders in the GNCC series.  

 

Fans were treated to two days of exciting racing by riders in both the ATV and Bike divisions. The winner of the ATV Pro Race was Chris Borich and the Bike Pro Race was Charles Mullins.  

 

STONE SOUP STORYTELLING EVENT SET FOR APRIL 29-30  

 

Stone Soup

Stone Soup, the official storytelling festival of South Carolina, will be held April 29-30 in Woodruff, SC.  

 

Beginning Friday morning, April 29, a host of storytellers will envelop students from Spartanburg District 4 schools into the world of storytelling.

Events for the public begin on Friday at noon with storyteller, Ellouise Schoettler hosting the Senior Luncheon at the First Presbyterian Church in Woodruff.

From 3:00-4:00 p.m., storytellers will gather at the Woodruff Community Center for a roundtable discussion on the future of storytelling, media and marketing.

The Friday evening fare begins at 5:00 p.m. with Storyteller- Flute Maker, Hawk Hurst, drawing you into the dreamkeeper with music in the Woodruff Library Reading Park. A Stone Soup Supper begins at 5:30pm followed by free Ghost Stories. Boo! (Better bring a friend and a chair or a blanket!).

Saturday, April 30, is an entire day of tales and entertainment beginning at 9:30am with the character parade, a puppet show- Professor Peter Puppet- and coffee at the Timrod Library (a designated local historic site).

You may laugh, cry, sigh and giggle and say, "Amen", at the all day storytelling by nationally recognized and locally acclaimed storytellers in the historic Woodruff High School auditorium. On the bill are the Storycrafters, Ellousie Schoettler, Slash Coleman, Hawk Hurst, Chetter Galloway, Judy Seeley, Linda Stout, and our own storyteller and one of the founders of the Stone Soup Storytelling Festival, Dixie Page.

The festival concludes on Saturday with the evening concert beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the historic Woodruff High School auditorium. You can't miss this!

For an entire schedule of events, registration, fees and ticket information, list of performers, information on lodging, and updates visit the Stone Soup Storytelling Institute website at: www.stonesoupsc.com or call the Woodruff Library at 864-476-8770. Some events are "weather sensitive".
 

 

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