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Uptown Greenwood Named One of 15 Great Places in America by the American Planning Association

APA Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Program, Recognizes 15 Great Neighborhoods, Streets, and Public Spaces

Washington, DC— The American Planning Association (APA) today named Uptown Greenwood in Greenwood, South Carolina, as one of five Great Neighborhoods on APA’s annual Great Places in America list, which marks the kick-off of the organization’s National Community Planning Month celebration.

Greenwood is Great, Now Everybody KnowsAPA’s Great Places in America program, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, recognizes streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces in the United States demonstrating exceptional character, quality, and planning—attributes that enrich communities, facilitate economic growth, and inspire others around the country. The Great Neighborhoods, Great Streets, and Great Public Spaces of 2017 are places that are unique and exemplary in their amenities and infrastructure, cultural identity, and use of sustainable and innovative practices.

“The neighborhoods recognized this year are proof that planning creates more vibrant, equitable, healthy neighborhoods,” said Cynthia Bowen, AICP, president of APA. “Through dedicated, community-wide engagement efforts, this year’s designees are creating better places for all, and setting an example for other neighborhoods nationwide. Congratulations to these exceptional neighborhoods.”

Uptown Greenwood is a prime example of a smaller city thinking big. Once a community divided by hundreds of feet of railroad tracks and then blacktop, Uptown Greenwood has re-emerged as a successful regional hub. The town’s plan turned its “widest main street in the world” into an attraction, by focusing on creating a park-like environment with their surplus of space, abundant tree lined streets, and adapting nearby historic buildings for modern use. By modernizing their downtown, while maintaining the historic character of Main Street, Uptown Greenwood truly embodies its mission of “Embracing the future and preserving the past.” In addition to Uptown Greenwood, APA also recognized the following neighborhoods this year:

  • Over-the-Rhine – Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Seward – Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Heart of Missoula – Missoula, Montana
  • The Pearl – San Antonio, Texas


“We take great pride that the American Planning Association has named Uptown Greenwood, South Carolina as one of the Great Neighborhoods in the nation.  Uptown is the heart and soul of our community.   This award underscores Greenwood’s commitment to long term planning, investment in cultural and historic interests, and a vision for our future,” said Greenwood Mayor Welborn Adams.

For more information about Uptown Greenwood, visit


Since launching the Great Places in America program in 2007, APA has recognized 275 neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces around the country. Designees are selected annually and represent the gold standard in terms of having a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement, and a vision for the future.

For the fourth year, members of the public can suggest their additional favorite public space, neighborhood, or street to earn a “People’s Choice” designation. Throughout October, individuals can offer suggestions via APA’s social media channels using the hashtag #APAgreatplaces. APA will select five finalists that the public can vote on via APA’s website. The “People’s Choice” winner is announced in early November 2017.

For more information about these neighborhoods, as well as APA’s Great Public Spaces and Streets for 2017 and previous years, visit

For more information about National Community Planning Month, visit

The American Planning Association is an independent, not- for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning — physical, economic and social — so as to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. Members of APA help create communities of lasting value and encourage civic leaders, business interests and citizens to play a meaningful role in creating communities that enrich people’s lives. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago. For more information, visit

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Greenwood Strong In Hurricane Relief Effort

Greenwood Strong In Hurricane Relief Effort

This video takes a look at what individuals and businesses in Greenwood, SC are doing to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.  We wish to thank James Long, Lakelands Overhead Door and Insulation, Allen Rains, Professional Automotive Services, Bill Rude, Jr, New York Life Representative, Jason McClendon, McClendon Realty, Ty Hull, Rush Heating and Cooling, and Travis Poore, Greenwood All Star Chem Dry  for their contributions to this video. A big thank you to all the others who’ve contributed to the relief effort as well.

Additional donations were made by the following (in no particular order):

ProTowels in Abbeville donated a large box truck of items

Buck Stove and Pool volunteered

Sports Break conducted a Fund Raiser.

Debbie Flynn with Flynn’s on Maxwell,

Lynn Kirkland Timmerman and Benny Timmerman with Timmerman’s U-Haul,

Cecelia Hurt Cook with Cecelia Cook & Associates (Nationwide Insurance),

Denise Lambeth Taylor and Pearce Taylor with Denise Taylor Allstate Insurance,

Susan Harbin-williams, Dick Shelton, Bill and Betsey Collins, John Howard, John Hassell (Charleston SC), Deborah Hackett Williams with GHS Class of 1977,

Chris Kirkland with AgSouth Farm Credit

McAlister’s Landscaping, LLC. Will also be taking a 18 wheeler of supplies to Houston on Sunday, September 3rd.

Greenwood Rehabilitation Hospital

Stockman Oil donated fuel and gas

Emerald High School Baseball Players

Crow Family farms was able to gather items from our small community in Donalds, Sc.

Many individuals dropped off donations at NHC Healthcare.

Most if not all of the local churches are collecting money to aid in the relief effort

Greenwood Premiere Cinema

Bilo Grocery Stores

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Carrie Sadler: I work for Main Street Ministries Houston, a local non-profit organization with a focus on homeless prevention.
MSM provides the type assistance under-resources Harvey Victims will need in the weeks and months to come as they work to rebuild their lives: ID assistance, Financial Assistance for Rent/Utilities, Employment Support, and Support Groups.
Please consider supporting victims by volunteering or making a financial gift.  We’re in it for the long haul.  MSM is already well know in the community for providing assistance, development opportunities, and a supportive community. Please check out our website to learn more!”


The Greenwood, SC Knights of Columbus are collecting donations as well.

Many people in the Gulf Coast of Texas are reeling from the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey this weekend. Thousands have evacuated their homes, many of which have been damaged or destroyed.

The recovery process is going to be a long and painful one, and your support is urgently needed. Click here for a flyer that may be shared online or printed and distributed around your community. DONATE HERE

or Donate through the American Red Cross: DONATE HERE

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Don’t Miss Carolina Liquidators’ Contest and HUGE September Sale!

Don’t Miss Carolina Liquidators’ Contest and HUGE September Sale! And help them celebrate their 2nd Anniversary.

Win This 12 Person, 2 Room, Instant Cabin Tent (click picture for more information).  Carolina Liquidators’ store prices are normally 30 and up to 60% off retail prices. AND from September 1 to September 30, shoppers will take an additional 25% off  (ATV’s excluded). To enter to win this awesome tent (regularly priced $249) Just watch and share this video and like Carolina Liquidators’ Facebook Page.


There’s also another contest going on at Carolina Liquidators’ Facebook Page. To enter to win $250 Cash, Just look for their post celebrating their 2nd Anniversary with this picture …

Say goodbye to mosquitoes in Greenwood

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Whats’ New at the Shoppes at Hampton Plaza

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Greenwood Calendar Testimonials

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Dr. Robert Stevenson, this is a marvelous addition to the processes used to keep Greenwood informed about what is going on, in and around town. Thank you for providing this GREAT (and FREE!!!) service. You are always coming up with good ideas.

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Commissioner, SC Commission on Higher Education


“We have used Robert for multiple commercials and videos and found him to be very easy to work with and flexible. He is very patient and very open to suggestions. I really appreciate how he works with our complicated schedule and getting our daughter involved in the commercials.”

Henry Herron, Tidwell Jewelers


“Robert is very proactive and community-minded. He seeks to showcase Greenwood and the Lakelands in the most positive way possible. He is professional and very easy to work with. When it comes to partners, he certainly is one of those that is making a big impact on growing Greenwood greater.”

Heather Simmons Jones, Greenwood Partnership Alliance, Executive Director


“The City of Greenwood has used Robert’s video services for years now. He is easy to work with, and I am very pleased with his product.”

Charlie Barrineau, Greenwood City Manager


We, at The Humane Society of Greenwood, are so pleased with the partnership we share with Robert Stevenson to help further our mission. His weekly video seriesand social media package has helped us get important information to our target audience. I recommend him and his talents to any company, civic group, or nonprofit that wants to expand the reach of its marketing and message.”

Karen Pettay, Director Greenwood Humane Society

“Beyond Abuse could not be happier about the video services Robert provided for us as part of our major fundraiser, Dancing with the Greenwood Stars. Not only did he create the promotional video, he also created a video of the actual performance that we were then able to market and raise additional funds for the agency. Robert was professional and a pleasure to work with during the entire process. We are definitely planning to ask for Robert’s services again next year!”

Cathy Miller, Executive Director Beyond Abuse


“Robert Stevenson conducted an interview with our band, Jackson Station, in late 2014. We had no idea at the time the tremendous impact it would have on our band. It was an opportunity for thousands of folks in the Greenwood area to get to know who we were and what we did musically. It also gave us a sample of our work to give to potential sites for us to play music. It was a tremendous boost for the band and our ability to play more in Greenwood and out of town. From the moment we did that interview, we have never had a problem finding opportunities to play music and our social media following has grown as well. In addition, Robert asked us to be a part of a music special that included many other local artists. That was a blast, and he helped us by promoting us from the actual Jackson Station site in Hodges. It has been a pleasure working with Robert. We are 100% positive that any business can meet their goals utilizing Greenwood Media Marketing.”

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Greenwood City Center Master Plan New Project

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Look Up, Lakelands! – What the solar eclipse really means

Look Up, Lakelands! –  a new Greenwood Calendar video series hosted by Kelly Hughes, Lander University IT and NASA Solar System Ambassador, is sponsored by Northland Communications.


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Uber is coming to Greenwood

Uber Announces Expansion to Newberry & Greenwood

Today, Uber is proud to announce it will soon be expanding its service area in South Carolina to include Newberry County and Greenwood County.

“The communities in Newberry and Greenwood asked for Uber’s safe, affordable transportation options and flexible work opportunities – and we are thrilled to answer that call,” said Uber South Carolina General Manager Michael Black. “Soon, residents and visitors will be able to open the Uber app, tap a button, and get a reliable ride in minutes. If you are interested in earning money by driving with Uber on your own schedule, we encourage you to sign up on our website.”

Uber offers people a new way to work—on their own terms. People choose Uber because it offers them the kind of work they want: work that provides the autonomy and flexibility that comes with being their own boss. Individuals interested in driving on the Uber platform can sign up on the Uber website:
Uber is coming to Greenwood.
“We are thrilled that Uber is expanding their services to the City of Newberry, further expanding the transportation options available to our residents,” said Matt DeWitt, City Manager of the City of Newberry. “Uber prides itself on its service for riders and drivers, with more than 5 billion trips completed, and we know they plan on delivering the same high-quality service to our residents in the City of Newberry, which they deserve!”

Michael McCarthy, founder of the Bring Uber to Greenwood campaign, said: “Greenwood is the largest city in South Carolina without public transportation. I am thrilled Uber is coming to Greenwood because it is sure to create job opportunities for people, support the city’s economy, and most importantly provide safe transportation. More people will able to make it to work, more people able to make it to their doctors visits. For the cost of a drink, someone can make it home safely from a fun night out laughing with friends and listening to music.”

In 2015, South Carolina passed a statewide framework for ridesharing, establishing one set of rules that allows Uber’s safe rides and earning opportunities to grow throughout the state.

New Greenwood Animal Shelter Groundbreaking

New Greenwood Animal Shelter Groundbreaking

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Lidl grocery store set to open soon in Greenwood

Lidl grocery store set to open soon. The new Greenwood Lidl will open late August or early September.

For now, have a peek at this week’s specials at nearby stores in Greenville and Spartanburg.

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High quality. Low prices. Hassle-free shopping that gets you in and out. A product assortment and store layout that’s refreshingly simple, yet full of surprises to discover at every visit. Lidl is not your cookie-cutter grocery store. We’re revolutionizing grocery shopping. We have a less complicated process that allows us to simply deliver low prices, high quality, and the best shopping experience for our customers. Here’s how we do it:

  • We’re expert product curators. Instead of offering a myriad of brands in every category, our stores offer carefully curated selections that are top-quality and best-prices. So your precious time is not spent sifting through endless versions of products you don’t want.
  • You’re busy. We get it. That’s why we’re masters of store efficiency. All our stores have the same intuitive layout, making it easier for you to find what you need quickly.
  • We’ve partnered with local and regional farms and suppliers that meet our strict requirements. Every Lidl private label product you’ll find in our stores is a result of a meticulous selection process, including quality testing. We’re also continuing the Lidl tradition of offering new favorites from all over the world, keeping you looking forward to what you’ll find next.  SEE MORE

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Cambridge Academy Rocks Greenwood

Cambridge Academy Rocks Greenwood and they show how Greenwood Rocks

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Out-of-this-World video: SOLAR ECLIPSE

Out-of-this-World video: SOLAR ECLIPSE. Watch and Share this out-of-this-world video for your chance to win 5 custom-made Greenwood Solar Eclipse viewing glasses. Be sure to let me know when you share, so I can enter your name in the drawing. A winner will be chosen on July 4.

Stay tuned for more information about the Solar Eclipse.

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New Animal Shelter Coming to Greenwood

New Animal Shelter Coming to Greenwood with a no-kill adoption center.  It is a partnership project between Greenwood County and the Humane Society of Greenwood. Groundbreaking is 10 am July 19. The adoption center portion of the new Animal Shelter is no-kill.  Animals will be euthanized at the County shelter,  but the strong push will be to significantly reduce the number of surplus animals. This will be helped greatly by the new low-cost spay and neuter clinic. See video for more information.


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SC Festival of Disovery

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Greenwood Rocks on Fox

Greenwood Rocks on Fox Carolina. This is the video that aired on Fox Carolina on June 25, 2017

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