#ACSP2019 Greenville Fun Facts
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  • Greenville is a growing tourism destination for people all over the country. The tourism industry generates $1.2 billion per annum for the City of Greenville.

The Program

  • The Clemson University Masters of City and Regional Planning is a rigorous interdisciplinary degree that prepares its students for a range of positions both within and outside of government. Accredited in 1973, the program has graduated over 615 people and is the only one of its kind in South Carolina.
  • The Masters of City and Regional Planning  Program has an 81 percent four-year graduation rate and 84 percent of graduates achieve their AICP certification within 5-years.
  • The Masters of City and Regional Planning is focused on application and experiential learning. The Professional Studio class provides all second-year students with the opportunity to work on one or more local planning projects for actual clients in South Carolina.


About Greenville

  • According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Greenville is the fourth fastest growing city in the country. In the last census, the city’s population grew six percent in one year alone.
  • As part of the eighth megaregion in the US, Greenville is centrally located near several interstates and four US highways, making it a short drive from other well-known southern cities, like Atlanta, GA; Asheville and Charlotte, NC; and Charleston, SC. It’s also centrally located between Miami and New York City.
  • Greenville’s list of accolades continues to grow. In 2017, the League of American Bicyclists recognized the city as a bicycle-friendly community and ESRI ranked second place in the Best Infrastructure/Planning/Government Story Map. The American Planning Association recognized its downtown as having one of the top 10 great main streets and Forbes placed it on their list of best downtowns (18).
  • Despite its size, downtown Greenville has the highest concentration of corporate headquarters in the region. It is home to a multitude of international, national, and regional headquarters for a wide range of companies and industries, including Michelin North America, Verizon and Elliot Davis.
  • Greenville’s average annual temperature is a balmy 60 degrees!
  • The City of Greenville is the only municipality in South Carolina to hold a AAA rating from all three of the nationally recognized credit rating organizations.
  • According to U.S. News & World Report, South Carolina’s economy is ranked 16th in the country because of its growth, employment and business environment.
  • Greenville is a growing tourism destination for people all over the country. The tourism industry generates $1.2 billion per annum for the City of Greenville.


Things to Do

  • Greenville has quickly grown to become a foodie favorite. CNNTravel’s list of most romantic restaurants in the world included downtown’s own Passerelle Bistro, a French bistro with riverfront views.
  • Greenville is home to the 20-acre Falls Park, which scenically cuts through downtown! Amazing as it may seem, the now iconic falls were hidden for a long time beneath the Camperdown Bridge. After a 40-year public-private initiative, the bridge was removed and replaced with the constantly active and stunning Falls Park on the Reedy.
  • The Greenville Zoo, located in the 122 acre downtown Cleveland Park, is a 14-acre facility featuring hundreds of animals from all over the world.
  • What to stay ahead of the trends? Well, downtown Greenville is in vogue – literally. There are plenty of places to dine, sip and shop downtown. Vogue has you covered with all the places you need to go.
  • As part of its constantly growing culinary footprint, each year Greenville hosts Euphoria, a four-day food and wine tasting festival that features some of the nation’s finest chefs and a great music scene. The festival was created in 2006 as a joint initiative between platinum-selling singer/songwriter Edwin McCain and restaurateur Carl Sobocinski.
  • As city planners, coffee probably helps keep you going. Lucky for you, Greenville is home to Methodical, which has been featured in Architectural Digest as one of the most beautiful coffee shops in the country, Bon Appetit and USA Today.
  • Greenville is conveniently located only minutes away from great hiking opportunities such as Paris Mountain State Park and Table Rock!
  • Why visit? You may be a year or two late, but Greenville was featured in the New York Times as one of the 52 places - the world - you should visit in 2017. The city has also been featured in Travel + Leisure as the number two in its top 50 in the world to visit in 2018 and in Southern Living as one of the top 10 places to visit in the South.
  • Greenville is famous for many things, but Mice on Main is probably what kids remember the most. The public art installation is composed of bronze mice hidden up and down Main Street, and was conceived by a high school student’s senior project as a way to enliven Main Street.
  • The left field wall of the Fluor Field, the home of the Greenville Drive, is a replication of the famous Green Monster found in Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The Greenville Drive are the Boston Red Sox’s Double AA affiliate.
  • The Children’s Museum of the Upstate found in Greenville is the only children's museum in the country affiliated with the Smithsonian Institute. The museum features exhibits designed for children to engage with the subjects of science, math, art, and health and wellness.
  • Greenville is home to the Peace Center, which serves as the artistic and cultural hub for the Upstate region. The Peace Center has featured award winning shows and events including The Book of Mormon and Hamilton.
  • The Bon Secours Wellness Arena is a 17,000 seat venue that has hosted a wide array of acts and events, from Bruce Springsteen to the Southeastern Conference’s Women’s Basketball Tournament.

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