We're very proud to live in simple Greenville, SC especially in the northern burb of Travelers Rest. I did a great deal of research before we picked Greenville as our best place to live. Every week I run across something new to love about being here. South Carolina has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country but Greenville's unemployment statistically is the lowest in the state.
This is from yesterdays paper. Read more about North American Cities of the Future by clicking on this link and then download the pdf file.
Greenville is the top North American city of less than 100,000 population in terms of prospects for economic development and business expansion, a global magazine says.
The city ranked No. 1 among fDi Magazine's "micro cities of the future" for 2009-10, based on several criteria, including economic potential, human resources, cost-effectiveness, quality of life, infrastructure, business friendliness, and promotion strategy".
In a previous issue, fDi says that Greenville has the top economic potential of any North American city of its size and the second-best business climate behind Wilmington, Del.
Nancy Whitworth, Greenville's economic development director, said Monday the ranking recognizes the community's work to ensure the city's reputation for a good business environment, particularly international investment.
Hank Hyatt, the Greenville Chamber's vice president of economic development, agreed. "We already have a strength in international investment in the Upstate, (international headquarters of BMW, Fluor Daniel and Michelin) so again this just continues that story," he said.
The magazine said its judging criteria for economic potential included population forecast, unemployment rate and foreign-direct investment, including projects within the high-tech service and manufacturing sectors.
South Carolina's unemployment rate reached 11.4 percent in March the highest it has been in the state, according to the state Employment Security Commission. Greenville County's jobless rate climbed to 9.6 percent from 9.4 percent in February, but the county remains one of the state's best counties for employment.
And for Real Estate, Greenville and its surrounding burbs of Travelers Rest, Greer, Taylor, and Simpsonville have home values that are priced perfectly not only for the first time homebuyer, but also for the growing "baby boomer" population which is coming here in droves looking for an ideal retirement home.
So if you're looking to escape high unemployment, the drone of big city life and traffic, great prices on homes and the basics, top schools, gas and of course a new home, look no farther than growing and beautiful Greenville, SC. And don't forget to contact the area's top Real Estate Specilist- ME!