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200 Miles of Walking Trails, Biking Trails & Blueways.

We’re serious about trails in Spartanburg. Led by the great local non-profit PAL, our community has been hard at work building a world-class trail system for more than a decade.

Today, that effort has kicked into high gear with significant progress made on “The Dan”, which by itself will complete several trail segments into one continuous 55+-mile network. Spartanburg was recently awarded a nearly $24 million federal grant that will go a long way toward completing that vision.

In addition to The Dan, there are miles and miles of trails and blueways in every corner of Spartanburg County. In Spartanburg, we love being outside and exploring, whether by foot, bike, kayak or canoe. So we’re putting our time and resources into making that more and more comprehensive — and fun!

Some of South Carolina’s population growth hot spots have cooled, according to just-released census estimates, but new residents continued to pour in to Horry and Berkeley counties, the counties adjacent to Charlotte, and — perhaps surprisingly — Spartanburg.

The Palmetto State has been a fast-growing region for years and that continued through mid-2018. The state added 62,908 residents. More than 80 percent of the growth came from people relocating from other states, the Census Bureau estimated. Continued at

Not long ago, in Spartanburg, S.C., I visited the offices of something called the Spartanburg Academic Movement (SAM). The walls were lined with charts measuring things like kindergarten readiness, third-grade reading scores and postsecondary enrollment.

Around the table was just about anybody in town who might touch a child’s life. There were school superintendents and principals, but there were also the heads of the Chamber of Commerce and the local United Way, the police chief, a former mayor and the newspaper editor. Continued at

We are often told that America’s future lies in our big cities. That may no longer be entirely true. Some of the strongest job creation and population growth is now occurring in cities of 1 million people or less.

In this year’s edition of our Best Cities For Jobs survey, we found that six of the 10 metropolitan areas with the fastest job growth are either mid-sized (150,000 to 450,000 total nonfarm jobs) or smaller (less than 150,000 nonfarm jobs). They also account for 18 out of the top 30. Smaller metro areas dominated job growth in a number of sectors, including manufacturing (all the top 20), information (all of the top 10) jobs and, less surprisingly, natural resources, construction and mining. Continued at