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Mobile Tours Scheduled for Friday Afternoon

Get ready to experience all Greenville has to offer at the 2019 ACSP Annual Conference! Clemson University, your local host, has put together 7 mobile tours for conference attendees this year. You can choose to hop on a bus, bike the trails, put one foot in front of the other or dine the evening away on a restaurant tour.

Even though these tour options are terrific, Friday afternoon isn't just about mobile tours anymore. Career Information sessions, workshops and the poster session make deciding what to do on Friday afternoon now very difficult!


Upstate South Carolina’s Transportation Technology Cluster Tour (This tour is currently FULL)

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This tour combines economic development and transportation, focusing on the Upstate’s vehicle manufacturing and technology cluster, one of the most thriving and dynamic in the nation. We will tour the Proterra electric bus factory, hear a talk from a representative of the South Carolina Automotive Council, and tour the facilities of the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research to learn how that center and Clemson’s Center for Connected Multimodal Mobility collaborate with the cluster and are advancing transportation technology.

Cost: $25/person
Type: motor coach

Economic Redevelopment in Downtown Greenville: How Governments, Businesses, and Private Citizens Have Worked Together ( aka Downtown Walking Tour)

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News stories today claim that the secret is out about the City of Greenville, SC as a top destination to live, work, and play. However, as recently as the 1990s the Downtown was languishing. How did the City turn itself around, and how has this growth been guided to yield the vibrant place it is today? Take a tour of Downtown Greenville with Mary Douglas Hirsch, Real Estate Development Manager with the City of Greenville and Barry Nocks, professor emeritus at Clemson and former chair of the City’s Planning Commission and Design review Board, to learn about how Greenville has thrived and what it takes to keep that energy channeled in the right direction without losing sense of place. This mobile workshop will explore a variety of public-private partnerships stemming from the late 1970s/early 1980s through present, including the Hyatt/Greenville Commons, Peace Center for the Performing Arts, West End Market, RiverPlace, Falls Park, and other mixed-use developments.

Cost: $25/person, includes 1 bottle of water per person
Type: Walking Tour


From Brownfield to Amenity: The Rainbow Reedy’s Watershed Restoration Tour

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The Reedy River and Falls Park are central features of the Greenville downtown revitalization (National Geographic dubbed Falls Park Greenville’s “nucleus”), but most don’t realize that the entire Reedy is a powerful brownfield story, echoing the legacy of industrial towns and rivers across the U.S. and illustrating the federal Clean Water Act’s efficacy. This tour will start at the head of the river, in Traveler’s Rest, and will follow the Reedy as it winds through the city’s evolving economic and environmental revitalization. It will include both a walking tour of parts of the Cleveland Park/Swamp Rabbit Trail system, and a bus ride to the Lake Conestee Nature Park, the southern terminus of the urban watershed restoration effort. The tour will focus on these restoration efforts and the process success, which changed the “rainbow Reedy” from a disposal mechanism for the 20th Century mills’ dyes to a viable habitat and one of the most active public spaces in the city, open to all. Lake Conestee is an integral component of the broader restoration story, as the Reedy was dammed in the early 1800s to provide hydropower for the mills but created a 130-acre lake full of legacy contaminants from upstream manufacturing. Thanks to the Conestee Foundation and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s efforts, these sediments are being remediated as a “watershed-derived Brownfield site.” Concurrently, it is used as the capstone public park and educational area that will connect with the southern end of the Swamp Rabbit Trail. Come join Dave Hargett, (the Conestee Foundation’s Executive Director), Colin Young (Greenville County Parks & Recreation) and the City of Greenville’s representatives as they describe the evolution of this massive, cooperative restoration effort!

Cost: $30/person ($5/person goes to the Conestee Foundation)
Type: motor coach


Bicycling the Swamp Rabbit Trail Tours - two options

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Two distinct bicycle tours will be offered simultaneously, with both tours taking place (for the most part) along the beautiful and diverse Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail (Swamp Rabbit Trail). The Swamp Rabbit Trail is a popular multiuse rail-to-trail project, used by both locals and visitors. The trail opened in 2010 and links Greenville Technical College, the city of Greenville (through the emblematic and amazing Falls Park), Furman University, and the nearby town of Travelers Rest along a general South-North orientation. At present, it registers 19.9 meandering miles mostly along the beautiful Reedy River and provides access to a variety of natural and built-environments that include parks, gardens, urban districts, a university campus, a quaint and still growing small town, and rehabilitating industrial areas currently undergoing adaptation and reuse to meet the demands of pedestrians, joggers, and bicyclists.

The two tours were designed for complimentary but distinct groups of riders, so please sign up according to self-identification/skill level: (1) recreational and utilitarian bicycle riders (2hr. short tour); and (2) recreational and slightly more athletic riders (4hr. long tour w/ resting stops). Please note that children are not allowed in these two tours. However, parents and guardians will still be able to rent bicycles for the entire family and enjoy guided tours if they so wish as a separate activity from the two scheduled conference tours. Bicycles of various size with gears (3), helmets, as well as a bottle of water will be provided. Two local guides will accompany each group.

  • Short, 2-hour duration - includes destinations of Liberty Bridge and Reedy Falls, Swamp Rabbit Café & Grocery (food/beverage/coffee stop); Old Rail Car. Our guide will provide a general description of the trail, its economic impact, improved quality of life, and the planning/history of the trail and old rail bed.
  • Long, 4-hour duration - includes destinations Liberty Bridge and Reedy Falls, Swamp Rabbit Café & Grocery (food/beverage/coffee stop); Old Rail Car; Furman University, and Travelers Rest (food/beverage/coffee stop). Our guide will provide a general description of the trail, its economic impact, improved quality of life, and the planning/history of the trail and old rail bed. Furman University is a small private college with a beautiful campus that showcases a bell tower on a lake with views of Paris Mountain in the background. We will also stop at Tandem Coffee for restrooms/coffee/rest and talk about the history of Travelers Rest, a quaint town that has grown with the addition of the Swamp Rabbit Trail.


Restructuring the Dining Experience: A New Downtown Restaurant Model- Walking & Eating Tour

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The food we eat, what food we think is proper to eat on the street, and who makes the food are all factors that vary by culture, climate, and place. South Carolina culture is critically defined by its culinary fare, which varies from the costal Lowcountry cuisine to the Pee Dee and Upstate barbeque. Greenville has become an epicurean destination, with a famous food festival, Euphoria, that draws award winning chefs from across the country to cook in the kitchens of the main downtown restaurants (i.e., Soby’s, Passerelle Bistro, the Lazy Goat, etc.) in late September each year. The product of collaboration between a famous local musician, Edwin McCain, and one of the main restaurant consortium groups, Table 301, the festival contributes to the city’s culinary reputation, rivaling Charleston. This apparent rivalry has been meticulously cultivated, as restauranteurs in Greenville and Charleston developed a centralized restaurant model for risk and cost sharing through consortiums that have transcended the geographic distance between the two cities. This model allows the restaurants, which have very slim profit margins, to afford prime real estate locations and undertake high-end ventures that might otherwise have been fiscally challenging. Greenville’s downtown relies on the following three primary groups: Table 301, High Street Hospitality Group, and Rick Erwin’s. Led by local author and historian, John M. Nolan, this walking tour through downtown Greenville will take a gastronomic journey that focuses on the restaurants in the Table 301 group to learn more about South Carolina culture and Greenville’s main street experience. It will include stops to meet chefs and/or managers and eat at Nose Dive Gastropub, Table 301 Catering & Kitchen, The Lazy Goat, Soby’s New South Cuisine, and Passarelle Bistro.

Starts at 4 p.m., goes until 6:30 or 7 p.m.
Cost: $58/person, includes food tastings and beverages at the listed restaurants
Type: walking/eating


Adaptive Re-use: The Upstate Mill Revitalization Tour

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For the majority of the 20th Century, the South Carolina Upstate relied on mill production to fuel its economy. With the multitude of mill closures starting in the 1970s, many of the area’s hundred plus year old structures stood empty. Unlike other industrially-based manufacturing centers in the country (i.e., Detroit, Chicago, New York, etc.), the physical capital associated with the former industry is geographically dispersed, rather than concentrated in relationship to the downtown. In fact, most of these mills are miles from one another and are inaccessible without a vehicle, as they were built around the mill village concept with a central mill and housing for the workers who subsequently left the development post-mill closure if they had the means. This presents a unique challenge with adaptive re-use, as the pedestrian-reliant and synergistic uses between structures/warehouses that generally accompany industrial conversion into artist lofts, housing, coffee production and shops, restaurants, etc. are physically isolated from the community that frequents them. This tour is bus-based, and will visit the region’s successful and on-going mill conversion spaces, as well as stops at shuttered mills in the area to discuss their history and the creation of the surrounding mill towns. We will engage the economic impact of both the historical mills and the current conversions. The tour will be led by South Carolina mill historian Don Koonce, who has written books on this piece of SC history and has been feature in documentaries on the SC Mills.

Cost: $25/person
Type: motor coach


All mobile tours will take place Friday afternoon, October 25th.
Space is limited so be sure to select the mobile tour that piques your interest while registering for the 2019 ACSP Annual Conference! 


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