You’ve probably heard of performers being referred to as “triple threats”. Think of Hugh Jackman, Justin Timberlake or Jennifer Lopez. They can do it all – sing, dance and act. What a talent to be able to do not just one thing, but three things well. Their talent is exceptional.
Here in our small part of the world, we are continuously discovering the talents of our own area. Greenville has already been awarded numerous accolades from Conde Nast Traveler, US News & World Report, Livability.com, USA Today, National Geographic Traveler, including being named one of the “Best Places to Live in the USA” by US News & World Report and as a “Top 10 Traveler’s Choice Destination” by TripAdvisor.
And now with Forbes ranking Michelin’s North America Headquarters here in Greenville as the “#1 Employer in America” in an article earlier this month, we realize, if we have not already, that life here is exceptional. Greenville has become a triple threat.
In the Forbes article, Michelin was the only foreign company named in the top ten. And maybe that’s a clue to part of our success. A large majority of local companies were born and bred from right here in the Upstate. Yet, the investment in our area by foreign companies like Michelin, BMW, Bosch Rexroth and Samsung, just to name a few, shows us how the connection with the world is apparent in our community and vital to our successful future endeavors as businesses become ever more global. We have been blessed with the gift of being chosen as national headquarters for many international companies in innovative industries, and we have reciprocated well by fulfilling their investment with a hardy workforce, plentiful land, infrastructure, resources, and the remarkable South Carolina climate must be as a notable plus. The diversity in our economic development has again become our good fortune.
And, whether you have known it or not, we all have been active ambassadors to this gem we call our Upstate home. We have all contributed to the creation of this community. We have honed our many skills and talents. We have become a triple threat. Every interaction with newcomers, whether they are just visiting, retiring here or relocating with a new job, builds up our community, our reputation and ultimately, our future.
Lora B. Pfohl
The Marchant Company