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VisitGreenvilleSC ‒ Yeah, THAT Greenville.

Named one of The New York Times’ “52 Places to Go (In The World) in 2017”, Greenville, South Carolina has combined traditional southern charm, stunning natural beauty and an unexpected contemporary cool to create one of America’s hottest emerging destinations and fastest growing cities. From a revitalized downtown ranked among “America’s Ten Best” by Forbes Magazine to downtown Greenville’s one-of-a-kind Liberty Bridge, quaint shops, boutiques, and fabulous restaurants to a world-class collection of museums, galleries, and theaters to some of the most beautiful lakes, rivers and mountains in the world, Greenville, South Carolina is everything they say it is and more. Check us out and see for yourself why we’re not just any Greenville – we’re THAT Greenville.


Greer Development Corporation

The Greer Development Corporation’s (GDC) mission is to target quality development to secure Greer’s future. GDC works to increase the wealth creating opportunities in the community, while preserving the high quality of life in one of South Carolina’s fastest growing communities.

The GDC is primarily focused on retaining Greer’s businesses and industries; recruiting new businesses and industries to the Greer community consistent with industrial and commercial target industry lists; developing new industrial and commercial product to meet the needs of business relocations, start-ups, and expansions; and marketing the Greer community to decision makers and consumers.
GDC is also responsible for coordinating the recruitment activities for historic downtown Greer.

The corporation offers a variety of services to new and existing businesses that include:

  • Data on available industrial & commercial properties;
  • Tax, incentive, financing and business start-up information;
  • Statistical data on the Greer marketplace;
  • Introductions to community resources – financial institutions; logistics providers; engineers. contractors, local business leaders & government officials;
  • Site selection and community tours; and
  • Assistance with permitting and other regulatory issues.

Clemson University

South Carolina’s highest-ranked national university is located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains and surrounded by a lake and its own forest. A top-25 public university with a reputation for excellence, Clemson University provides a hands-on education — in the lab, in the arts and in the field. Academic programs lay the groundwork for innovative research, and real-world experiences carry forward to a rewarding career.

Furman University

Furman University is a private, undergraduate liberal arts and sciences university of 2,800 students in Greenville, S.C. The university is noted for its rigorous academic program and strong faculty, and its 750-acre campus is widely recognized as one of the most beautiful in the nation. The university recently unveiled The Furman Advantage, a strategic vision that combines learning with immersive experiences outside the classroom, creating a personalized pathway that prepares students for lives of purpose, successful careers and community benefit.

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. has established a reputation for providing sound legal counsel to business leaders, as well as to state and local leaders.  With offices in each of the State’s major metropolitan areas, the firm has played an integral role in shaping the character and quality of business in South Carolina.

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd has been instrumental in authoring landmark legislation as well as undertaking initiatives that helped create South Carolina’s highly regarded business climate.  Firm attorneys are recognized for innovative structured public finance instruments that have benefited both communities and private business.  Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd maintains the oldest and largest bond and public finance practice in the Carolinas. The firm’s attorneys are acknowledged leaders in structuring fee-in-lieu agreements, issuing special source revenue and industrial development bonds, and creating multi-county industrial parks.

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd has offices located in Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Greenville, and Myrtle Beach.

The Beach Company

Real Estate Development Experts Headquartered in Charleston, SC

Founded in 1945 by J.C. Long, The Beach Company is well known for real estate development in South Carolina. With a history of establishing landmark properties and communities, we evaluate each development opportunity for its potential to improve the quality of life for our neighbors and contribute to the long-term economic vitality of the region. The Beach Company’s diverse real estate interests include residential and resort properties, office buildings, shopping centers, industrial parks and land across the Southeast. With progressive vision, influenced by a deep reverence for tradition, The Beach Company’s mission is to create enduring value in every endeavor for generations to come.

Hospitality America

Hospitality America is a hotel management company with 3 decades of expertise developing and managing hotels across the United States and in the Caribbean.

Hospitality America is ranked among the Top 25 by Occupancy, #19 by ADR and #16 by RevPAR – Annual Rankings of the Top 100 Management Companies, HOTEL BUSINESS , April 2013. We achieve high Internet customer-review rankings and in most markets our hotels rank in the Top 10 and several of our hotels lead their markets as #1.

Currently, we operate 15 hotels with over 2,000 rooms. Most are Hilton and Marriott branded, upscale versions of their respective brands. We prefer quality over quantity and thus have been very careful building our managed portfolio so that any hotel we add, will synergize well with our existing set. A major driver of our success has been Hospitality America’s involvement in the pre-development action steps of every hotel we now operate, except one. Our involvement spans site selection, branding, internal financial proforma, FF&E design and purchasing.

Greenville Water

The American Pipe Manufacturing Company from Philadelphia was persuaded in 1889 to build a water system to serve the town of Greenville with a population of 8,600. This company was later known as the Paris Mountain Water Company, a corporation that secured its charter in South Carolina, and the system operated under that name until 1918. The first reservoir was constructed on the northeast slopes of Paris Mountain and eight miles of a 12-inch water main was installed to the city—providing water service by gravity. This system began operation in June 1890 and 10 years later the second reservoir was constructed at a lower elevation on the side of Paris Mountain. Steam pumps and pressure filters were installed to deliver water from the second reservoir to the 12-inch gravity line.

The Commissioner of Public Works of the City of Greenville has owned its water system since 1918 when the original nucleus of the present system was purchased from the Paris Mountain Water Company for the sum of $800,000. The acquisition was authorized by a City referendum that also approved the issuance of $1 million of general obligation bonds and the establishment of a “Board of Commissioner of Public Works” vested with the authority to acquire, operate and control the water system. The proceeds of the bond issue were used to purchase the facilities and to finance the development of a supplemental water supply on the Enoree River. From the beginning, the Commission has operated Greenville Water as a self-sustaining utility and the original bonds, together with subsequent issues, have been retired solely from System earnings. To more accurately identify the Commission in the public mind with the responsibility and service, the Commission adopted the name “Greenville Water System” for all purposes except legal transactions. This name has been changed to what is now known as Greenville Water.

Greenville Technical College

Greenville Technical College (GTC) provides high-quality learning opportunities at a cost people can afford from locations they can reach. Since its beginning in 1962, the college has worked with employers to deliver relevant skills, giving students what they need to qualify for good jobs and succeed in their careers.

With five campuses located across Greenville County, there’s one close to where you live and work. Our flexible course schedules offer traditional classes, online courses and hybrid options to create the best fit for your schedule.

Hughes Development Corporation

Hughes Development Corporation is a full-service real estate development company with projects predominately located in Greenville. Additional projects are located in other parts of South Carolina and the southeast region.

Hughes Development Corporation focuses on downtown redevelopment, urban infill, and mixed-use development. The developments also include office buildings, medical parks, shopping centers, business parks, and residential communities. It has been the company’s objective to build sustainable buildings that will last lifetimes and benefit the community and future generations.

Sponsorship Levels

Board of Directors: $10,000

»Logo on all printed materials + signage at the events
»Full page ad in conference program
»Company name and links on website
»Company banner/signage prominently displayed at CFC (signage to be provided by sponsor)
»Brief Welcome Remarks at the conference
»Brief (approximate 60-90 seconds) comapny-provided video presnetations at the conference
»Admission for four people to the confernece

Managing Partners: $7,500

(select either May 15th or May 16th)

(select either May 16th, May 17th)
»Logo on all signage at reception/lunch
»Half page ad in conference program
»Company representative provides brief welcome for attendees
»Table for sponsor to display products or distribute information to attendees
»Admission for three people to the conference

Supporters: $5,000

(select either May 15th or May 16th)
»Logo on all signage during workshop session
»Half page ad in conference program
»Company representative provides brief welcome for attendees
»Table for sponsor to display products or distribute information to attendees
»Admission for two people to the conference

»Prominent logo placement on the Wayfinding Tool
»Half page ad in conference program
»Table for sponsor to display products or distribute information to attendees
»Admission for two people to the conference

»Logo on all signage at field trips
»Half page ad in conference program
»Company representative provides brief welcome for attendees
»Table for sponsor to display products or distribute information to attendees
»Admission for two people to the conference

Advocates: $2,500

»Logo on all signage at break area
»Quater page ad in conference program
»Table for sponsor to display products or distribute information to attendees
»Admission for one person to the conference

Have questions or would like to be a sponsor? Contact us at hello@ceosforcities.org