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

In partnership with the South Carolina Department of Commerce, ARC is supporting 15 projects in South Carolina totaling nearly $2.9 million in fiscal year 2019. These investments have been matched by over $6.6 million and are attracting an additional $600,000 in leveraged private investments in South Carolina. They are also creating or retaining nearly 130 jobs, training and educating nearly 2,400 students and workers, and benefiting the 1.3 million residents in South Carolina’s six Appalachian counties.

State Partners

Honorable Henry McMaster

Governor’s ARC Representative:
Michael P. McInerney
Director, External Affairs

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

ARC State Program Manager:
Caroline Griffin, ARC Program Manager

South Carolina Department of Commerce
Grants Administration
1201 Main Street – Suite 600
Columbia, SC 29201

Investment Priorities

In Fiscal Year 2019, ARC and the South Carolina Department of Commerce partnered on the following investments and projects.

Ready Workforce
invested to increase the education, knowledge, skills, and health of South Carolina’s Appalachian residents to work and succeed
Natural and Cultural Assets
invested to leverage the economic potential of South Carolina’s natural and cultural heritage
Leadership and Community Capacity
invested to build the capacity and skills of Appalachia’s current and next-generation leaders and organizations in South Carolina to advance community and economic development
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Economic Opportunities
invested in entrepreneurial strategies to strengthen the economy in Appalachian 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 2021

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

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

Local Development Districts

South Carolina Appalachian Council of Governments

State Links