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Diversity, Equity, Economic Mobility Prioritized for Greenville's Future

After months of research, community feedback, and analysis, a five-year strategic plan for economic development in Greenville is taking shape.

The final strategy and implementation recommendations, compiled by Resonance Consultancy, will serve as companions to GVL2040 which prioritizes the preservation of open space, creation of affordable housing and improved mobility over the next twenty years. The economic development strategy also addresses equity gaps in salary and education between Black and white residents.

Resonance’s recommendation begins with a vision statement:

Greenville is one of the best launching pads in the world for dreamers, doers, and makers. We create opportunity here.

Resonance took a deep dive into existing stats about the city and since February has been holding intentional focus groups and workshops. Goals include building a best-in-class entrepreneurial ecosystem, attracting new investment, focusing on talent retention and attraction, creating a place for everyone, maintaining Greenville’s livability and lifestyle, and designing a plan on how to leverage resources and partnerships to reach the city’s economic development goals.

A draft presented to City Council on August 8 outlined 10 key take-aways about the current state of Greenville as well as seven recommended goals for the economic development strategy. Several councilmembers expressed a desire to address the problems of economic mobility and diversity and inclusion.

Next steps: collecting feedback on the Resonance recommendations and building a detailed implementation plan. Those steps should be done by the middle of September.

Michelle Willis