South Carolina

The River Street Pedestrian Bridge at Falls Park is part of the Swamp Rabbit Trail in Greeneville, South Carolina. The Swamp Rabbit Trail is a 17.5-mile walking and biking trail that is the backbone of Greeneville's greenway system.

Our Work In South Carolina

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In partnership with the South Carolina Department of Commerce, ARC is supporting 20 projects in South Carolina totaling $5 million in fiscal year 2023. These investments have been matched by $22.8 million in South Carolina. They are also creating or retaining 1,620 jobs, training and educating 370 students and workers, and benefiting the 1.3 million residents in South Carolina’s seven Appalachian counties.

State Partners

Honorable Henry McMaster

Governor’s ARC Representative:
Jordan Marsh
Director, Federal Affairs for South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster


South Carolina Department of Commerce
1201 Main Street – Suite 1600
Columbia, SC 29201

ARC State Program Manager:
Sara Schaefer

South Carolina Department of Commerce
Division of Business Incentives and Community Development
1201 Main Street – Suite 1600
Columbia, SC 29201

Investment Priorities

In Fiscal Year 2023, ARC and the South Carolina Department of Commerce partnered on the following investments and projects.

Regional Culture & Tourism
invested in preserving South Carolina’s local history, culture, and natural assets
Community Infrastructure
invested in South Carolina to ensure access to reliable and affordable broadband, clean water and updated wastewater systems, highways, and more
Workforce Ecosystem
invested in South Carolina to expand community systems that will help Appalachians obtain a job, stay on the job, and advance their careers
Additional Priorities
invested in entrepreneurship and business development to strengthen the economy and grow the capacity of local leaders, organizations, and communities in South Carolina

Investment Snapshot

Fiscal Year 2023

State Profile

Learn more about ARC’s fiscal year 2023 investments in South Carolina.

Investments in Action

Spartanburg Community College’s Spark Center

With ARC support, Spartanburg Community College opened The Sparks Center, a business development center on campus that provides temporary office and training space to assist qualifying companies with employment-related tasks.

State Plans and Strategies

ARC’s current strategic plan is a blueprint for investments at the Regional level. Each of Appalachia’s 13 states develops a companion four-year plan and annual strategy statement outlining its funding priorities for ARC projects.

Fiscal Year 2025

County Economic Status

Every year, ARC applies an index-based classification system to compare each county in the Region with national averages to understand how counties are performing.

Counties in Appalachia

(7 out of 46 counties): Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg, and Union

Local Development Districts

Catawba Regional Council of Governments
South Carolina Appalachian Council of Governments

State Links