2014 Board Announcements

The Greenville County Redevelopment Authority (GCRA) is pleased to announce its 2014 board of directors appointed by the Greenville County Council.

 

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GCRA and GRC Hire New Intern

The Greenville Revitalization Corporation and GCRA have hired intern Craig Chandler, a Clemson University student, to assist with economic development project activities in the Poinsett Corridor district.  Craig will also be involved with the implementation of the Brownfield Grants.

 

Craig Chandler

   

Announcement of New Staff and Promotions

The Greenville County Redevelopment Authority welcomes Mr. John Merritt to our team.  Mr. Merritt comes on board as an Associate Construction Specialist in the Operations Division.  He will oversee GCRA projects including owner-occupied repairs, emergency repairs, and demolitions.

Also, the Redevelopment Authority has announced promotions for four staff members: Kathy Bossong is now a Finance Services Specialist; Kristen Layman is now an Administrative Assistant; Mike McAlister is now a Senior Construction Specialist; and Sharon Stephen is now a Senior Homeownership Counselor.

   

GCRA receives $800,000 in federal brownsfield grants from the EPA!

The Greenville News covered the story; here's an excerpt:

The Greenville County Redevelopment Authority has received $800,000 in federal brownsfield grants from the Environmental Protection Agency that will help clean up the 11 acres at Buncombe and A streets, officials announced Tuesday.

“Since purchasing the Poe Mill site four years ago, GCRA has been working to obtain funds to clear it and begin its redevelopment,” board chairman David Doser said in a release. "We are pleased to say that on our second attempt, EPA awarded us this grant to begin that process.”

 

GSA Business covered the story as well; an excerpt follows:

“The assessment element of the grant creates even more incentive for job creation and investment in the Poinsett District,” said Shannon Herman, Greenville County project manager, in a news release. “We truly have outstanding momentum.”

   

Greenville Revitalization Corporation Receives Grant from CertusBank

Greenville, SC - The Greenville Revitalization Corporation (GRC) announced today that it has received a grant from CertusBank as seed money to establish its presence in the Greenville Community.   GRC is a non-profit corporation established by the Greenville County Redevelopment Authority (GCRA) to assist with its economic development efforts in the Poinsett Corridor and throughout the "Textile Crescent" of Greenville County.

Joe Erwin, GRC Board Chair stated:  "This is a great investment in Greenville County by a partner who has already shown itself to be a bank that is going to be a factor in the community.  When the Redevelopment Authority established our corporation it provided us with a grant to get started.  We have now received our tax exempt status from the IRS and are ready to put together our organization.  The fact that CertusBank has recognized our potential and provided additional funding places us another step closer to becoming a factor in the development of the Poinsett Corridor and beyond."


Walter Davis, Co-CEO of CertusBank said:  "Greenville is a vibrant community that we are proud to say is our home.  One of the areas with terrific need and potential is the Poinsett Corridor and the former textile mill communities in the northwestern portion of the County.  The fact that GCRA has already invested in this long neglected area by demolishing the old Piedmont Shirt Factory and establishing the Revitalization Corporation to redevelop the property shows initiative that needed to be rewarded.  CertusBank is happy to become a partner in this worthy and exciting effort."

The GRC hopes to use the funding to establish its website and begin developing its database so that it can assist with projects throughout the area. Martin Livingston, Executive Director of GCRA and initial CEO for GRC stated: "We are in the process of seeking seed money from several organizations, but CertusBank is the first to step up and we will be forever grateful.  We hope to thank them and our other supporters by bringing economic life to the Poinsett Corridor and the Textile Crescent."

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GCRA Receives United Way Award

GCRA is proud to announce that they received a Campaign Award of Excellence at the United Way's awards banquet on January 31st.  The agency earned this award by having 50 percent or more employee participation and one or more Palmetto Society members.

Click here to read the United Way's press release about their record fundraising campaign.

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Poinsett Corridor media coverage

Tuesday's press conference at the site of the old Piedmont Shirt Factory has resulted in a lot of great media coverage about the Poinsett Corridor!  Take a look...

Greenville Journal: page 5 of 1/25/13 edition (online edition of the Journal is available here)

Greenville News: two videos, a photo gallery, an online article, and the same article on the front page on 1/24/13!

WYFF 4: Video and text article

WSPA 7: Video and article

GSA Business: Article

Greenville News: Editorial

   

GCRA Receives Eagle Award of Excellence in Community Economic Development

In Charleston, SC on September 19, 2012, the South Carolina Association of Community Development Corporations, Inc. announced the winners of its “Eagle Award of Excellence in Community Economic Development” during the 13th Annual Community Economic Development (CED) Conference. The winners were three organizations and agencies that have excelled in advancing economic development in some of the state’s most distressed communities.  The Greenville County Redevelopment Authority is one of these three agencies!

Eagle Award

“These organizations are the best examples of how local communities, through local organizations, are addressing economic challenges and creating sustainable community economic development in South Carolina”, said Bernie Mazyck, President and CEO of SCACDC.

Please click here to view the full press release from the SCACDC.

   

Conestee Community Poster Published

The Redevelopment Authority, in partnership with the Greenville County Planning Department and the Conestee Foundation, has produced a Conestee community poster, 17th in a series of posters produced by the agency dating back into the 1980s.  Ms. Judy Bainbridge of Furman University authored the historical content on the back of the poster, and Mr. Renato Moncini painted the beautiful watercolor artwork for the front.  The Conestee poster (and others) are available at the GCRA offices for purchase for $12.00.

View digital versions of all community posters here.

   

GCRA announces the Launch of a Building Better Futures Scholarship

GCRA is pleased to announce an employee-sponsored Building Better Futures Scholarship. The scholarship, in the amount of $200.00, is for a college-bound high school senior living in one of our targeted neighborhoods.

The eligibility criteria and the application for the scholarship can be found below. Completed applications should be mailed in by May 15, 2012 to Greenville County Redevelopment Authority, 301 University Ridge, Suite 2500, Greenville, SC 29601, Attn: Beverly Paige.

The Greenville Housing Fund is a partner agency in this scholarship program and is accepting donations from GCRA employees and will be issuing a check to the successful applicant.

If you have any questions about the program, please call Beverly Paige at 864-242-9801, ext. 118, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Notice & Details

Scholarship Application

   

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Community Posters

Conestee

Conestee front image

Conestee back image

Check out our community posters, showcasing houses and landmarks in each historic neighborhood.

More posters

Photos

  • New Construction: Preview a selection of GCRA’s newly constructed homes, featuring various floor plans and beautiful landscaping.
  • Repair Projects: Before and after photos of repairs to houses.