Registration is now open for the Shaping Our Future Forum to be held at BMW Zentrum in Greer, SC on Thursday, May 25, 2017. The forum will be from 2:30-4:30 followed by a reception. To register for the Forum, click here.
The 10-county Upstate region is growing. By 2040, our region’s population is projected to reach nearly 1,750,000 – an increase of 64% since 1990. How and where we grow will have real impacts on our quality of life – affecting commute times and transportation choices, air and water quality and our pocket books. The Upstate Growth Alternatives Analysis is an opportunity to explore and debate alternative regional visions for growth keeping in mind their associated fiscal, environmental and quality of life trade-offs. Scenario planning tools — specifically CommunityViz software — will be used to evaluate the impacts of competing development scenarios including current growth trends.
The initiative is being advanced by the Shaping Our Future Consortium — a partnership of Upstate Forever, Ten at the Top, and the Riley Institute at Furman University — and will rely on the guidance of a broad-based steering committee representing the business sector, local governments and utilities, and community organizations; a technical advisory committee; several focus groups; and community feedback. The study’s results will provide a valuable resource demonstrating the wide-ranging impacts of varying growth futures and recommendations for how local communities can work to achieve their visions for future growth. The initiative will build on previous projects carried out by Upstate Forever and other partnering organizations including the Upstate Growth Study, Upstate Reality Check and Upstate Shared Growth Vision and lessons learned during the 2015 Shaping Our Future Speaker Series.
This effort is being made possible by the generous contributions of Hollingsworth Funds, Greater Greenville Association of Realtors, Ten at the Top, the Riley Institute at Furman University, New Belgium Brewing Company and Upstate Forever.
Process and Timeline
The one-year study, which will be conducted by a multi-disciplinary consultant team led by City Explained in conjunction with Stantec and Urban3, kicked off in May 2016. The project will be guided by a Steering Committee, with assistance from a Technical Advisory Committee. Learn more here.
Study Area and Documents
The general study area for the growth alternatives analysis is the ten-county Upstate region of South Carolina. The Upstate is home to more than 1.4 million residents and is projected for an additional 300,000+ residents in the next 25 years.
The study will build on regional efforts conducted over the past decade and engage stakeholders including business & economic development Leaders; utility providers; thought leaders and elected/appointed officials. There will also be opportunities for broad community engagement. Learn more here.