From its roots as a mill town, Greer has grown to become an international manufacturing hub and a thriving, innovative city for people to live and work. Notably, Greer is home to Greenville-Spartanburg (GSP), ranked among the most user-friendly airports in the country, which offers 50 non-stop daily departures to 19 major airports and 16 major cities across the U.S. Thanks to this robust transportation asset, Greer is also home to the only BMW manufacturing facility in the United States. Beyond visiting the plant itself, residents and visitors can tour the Zentrum Museum or get behind the wheel of the Ultimate Driving Machine® at the BMW Performance Driving School. Finally, Greer is home to Inland Port Greer, providing overnight rail service to the Port of Charleston, 24-7 opportunity to drop off and pick up containerized freight, and turn time that average 11 minutes. Greer’s lifestyle assets include beautiful scenery, a downtown with 12 blocks of retail, dining and entertainment, and popular events like Family Fest and Freedom Blast.
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- Outdoor Activities
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Greer’s food scene is largely concentrated in its downtown area and centered around its family-friendly community. Residents and visitors enjoy local coffee shops like Barista Alley and Stomping Grounds Coffee House, seafood spots like The Great Bay Oyster House and, a world class steakhouse in Rick Erwin’s, and fine dining including L’Incanto.
A testament to its vibrant culture, the city hosts the Greer Goes Global International Festival, an annual event featuring food from more than 40 countries, as well as cultural events, music and more. Greer also hosts a Food Truck Rollout, featuring bites from local restaurants and food businesses in a community setting. From May through November, the Greer Farmers Market is open and features fresh food from local vendors with live music performances.
Arts + Culture
Greer is home to a vibrant downtown, making it an ideal place to experience Upstate SC’s culture. The Greer Cultural Arts Center hosts family-friendly classes, events and shows that are welcoming to all members of the community. The completely renovated Center for the Arts, located in a 65-year-old former retreat building, now houses a full theatre, pottery and art classes, and art gallery and a rentable studio for local artists. Another community arts and culture highlight is the city’s Tunes in the Park and Greer Idol concert series, held during the summer.
Home to the only BMW manufacturing facility in the country, Greer gives residents and visitors unparalleled behind-the-scene access to the “ultimate driving machine.” See how these cars are manufactured at the Zentrum museum or get behind the wheel of a BMW at the BMW Performance Driving School. Other cultural attractions include:
If you’re an outdoor adventurer with a penchant for golf, fishing and water sports, Greer is the place for you. The 12-acre Greer City Park has an amphitheater, playgrounds and picnic tables that attract families from around the area. Greer also has two lakes operated by Greer CPW that offer recreational opportunities and fishing areas. Lake Robinson is made up of 800 acres that are perfect for fishing, boating, paddleboarding and kayaking. In fact, the Greenville News dubbed it a “small jewel” for its great fishing opportunities. Lake Cunningham is approximately 200 acres of land that also offers ideal fishing and boating opportunities.
Greer is also home to the nationally-recognized Thornblade Course, which hosts the BMW Pro-Am Tournament, making it a sought-after course for amateur and seasoned golfers.
Located in the heart of Upstate SC between Greenville and Spartanburg, Greer boasts one of the most strategic locations in the area. Businesses located in Greer are also able to access major metropolitan areas like Charlotte, NC and Atlanta, GA. In fact, businesses can reach more than 6.5 million people within a 100-mile range of Greer. BMW and Michelin collectively employ more than 12,000 in the area, making Greer a hotspot for manufacturing talent and suppliers. Greer’s major employers include:
Greer is home to several top-tier K-12 education institutions that span the Greenville and Spartanburg area districts, and enjoys close proximity to several higher education institutions. Greenville County is the largest public-school system in South Carolina and is comprised of 76,000 students. High quality private schools in Greenville and Spartanburg are close by, providing even more options for parents. North Greenville University launched a new satellite campus in downtown Greer in 2018. Greer is also just a short ways away from Bob Jones University, Clemson University, University of South Carolina Upstate, and Greenville Technical College, which offers students with a refined education to prepare them for high-tech jobs. Learn more about Greer area schools:
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