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Message from the Administrator

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Past. Present. Future.

You can see a lot of each here in Greer. One of Greer’s most valuable resources is the blending of old and new. You see it all around you.

We received our latest census numbers this past year. At last count we had 25,515 residents.

And, we continue to grow.

Growing is exactly what we’ve been doing for the past few decades. Still recognized as one of South Carolina’s fastest growing cities, Greer has been successful in retaining the charm of a small Southern town and offering the amenities of a large city.

A stroll through Greer Station brings back decades of memories of activity in what we today call our rehabilitated “hip and historic” downtown district. Throughout Greer Station you will find wonderful restaurants and bountiful shopping choices. Not unlike the Greer of yesteryear.

You used to come to town to do a little shopping, get a bite to eat, and catch-up on the local news at the barber shop. A dime in the corner pay phone would let you call home to announce your great find while shopping.

You can still shop, dine, and hear the latest updates on sports scores and more at the barber shop. However, you won’t find that pay phone anymore. Downtown visitors today use their cell phones, smartphones, iPods, iPads, and notebook computers with free wireless internet service to find the bargain of the day and to make a reservation at their favorite restaurant.

Indeed, Greer is still that cozy neighborhood community. But, today you will find state-of-the-art recreation facilities and event space, public art, internet hot spots, fiber optics, historic neighborhoods, and modern homes.

As you will read in this report, a new rental space is taking shape near the pond at Greer City Park. Before there was even a pond, it was our National Guard Armory and a gym that held basketball memories for many in our community.

The Greer Heritage Museum, once a New Deal era post office and later Greer City Hall, now has a plaque designating its place on the National Register of Historic Places.

Highway 29, the major corridor for transportation in the Upstate before the Interstate came to town, is undergoing a planning study that will re-emphasize its importance to communities along that corridor. If it seems like old is new again in Greer, that isn’t by coincidence. We embrace our city’s history and have consciously incorporated it into our plans for the future. In Greer, history walks beside us always, never behind us.

Fail to plan, or plan to fail. Today we are enjoying a wonderfully master planned community.

While respecting our history, we also have made technology an important part of our planning. Four-color presses once cranked out copies of our “Team Greer” annual report, but we switched three years ago to a print-on-demand report to reduce expenses and be more environmentally friendly.

Now we’ve added interactive features to enhance your reading experience and to keep you fully informed about what is taking place in your city.

What does the future hold?

I can only imagine. But you can bet we’re planning it.


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City Administrator Ed Driggers