Whether you have lived in South Carolina's Upstate region for six months or 60 years, you recognize that this is a unique area that provides residents with a great place to raise a family, go to school, develop a career, and enjoy retirement.
From the natural beauty of its landscape to a spirit of pride and determination to make this a special place to live, learn, work and play, the Upstate has a wide range of amenities that enhance the quality of life for all residents.
While the Upstate has endured many of the same economic struggles as the rest of the United States over the last two years, the region has fared better than most and is well positioned for a strong future.
Recognized nationally as a high growth area for more than 30 years, the 10-county Upstate region that includes the counties of Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg and Union is projected to continue attracting new residents and businesses for many years to come.
As we look toward the future, it is imperative to have a shared vision that illustrates what matters most to current residents of the Upstate and that can help ensure that in the decades to come our region grows by choice and not by chance. It is also important to identify and move forward on actions (individually, as businesses and institutions, as cities and counties and regionally) that can help us work together today to ensure the Upstate remains a special place for generations to come.
The Our Upstate Vision was developed through the input and engagement of more than 10,000 residents across the 10-counties of the Upstate. This vision is not a plan and does not have regulatory power or authority over communities and jurisdictions. Instead, it is an idea (several good ideas) representing an overview of what residents across the Upstate value as we look toward the future.
Within the Our Upstate Vision web site are strategies and action items that support the vision, but at its core, the vision is designed to serve as a guide and inspirational goal for what we can be as a region if we seize the opportunity to work together today for the generations to come.
To help advance the vision, five regional drivers have been identified. These drivers focus on:
- Human Potential
- Economic & Entrepreneurial Vitality
- Sustainable Growth
- Natural Beauty & Resources
- Community Vibrancy
Regional Task Forces are being developed to help identify and move forward on issues and initiatives related to these five drivers. These Task Forces are open to any interested resident. If you are interested in participating in a Regional Task Force, please contact Dean Hybl at firstname.lastname@example.org or 864.283.2315.