BP7 – Greenville-Spartanburg

Prompt:
As evidenced in the text, what are three ways that the leadership of Greenville-Spartanburg, SC “re-invent[ed] their future” through global partnership?

Three ways the leadership of Greenville-Spartanburg, SC “re-invented their future” through global partnership:
1. Starting with the Germans, the Greenville-Spartanburg community allowed these folks in to learn about their culture through language and lifestyle. The German folks adapted to forming their lives in South Carolina. With this type of influence, the German folks had connections back to their hometown and recruited more people to come live in South Carolina. This type of attraction allowed the community to thrive again due to foreign investments of external cultures being welcomed and productively used for their skills.
2. Second, the town has thrived in ways such as developing English language speaking programs (ESL), opening stores of various backgrounds to be available to the community, and developing schools and hospitals. This means that more jobs were created, thus, giving more opportunity for those that lived in the community to grow as a society.
3. Lastly, the common ground that the Greenville-Spartanburg community did not shy away from was welcoming foreign investments. When their community quit thriving, their solution was to welcome outsiders in and learned new skills from them. It shows that this community was open to new ways and ideas.

 

Morse, S. (2014). Smart communities: How citizens and local leaders can use strategic thinking to build a brighter future (2nd edition). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

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