The South Carolina Ports Authority held a ground-breaking ceremony on March 1, 2013 for its new Inland Port venture in Greer, S.C. When one hears the word port, it automatically brings images to mind of coastlines and cargo ships. The Inland Port in Greer will be an excellent example of how planning, partnerships and vision can change the perception and reality of economic progress.
Spartanburg, S.C. is well-known for its textile manufacturing and for being a railroad hub. Dr. Philip Racine, Professor of History at Wofford College, delves a little deeper.
Eighty-five percent of Spartanburg's job growth is in manufacturing. Usually there are many manufacturing jobs available in the area, even though the unemployment rate is high. Students and parents need to be educated about jobs that are available in the region in which they live. A majority of the time, high school students' career interests do not correspond to the available jobs. The #1 career path chosen by high school students in the Spartanburg area is CSI investigator, and #2 is video game programmer. These jobs are not widely available in the Spartanburg area. There are also many misconceptions, as to perceived working conditions in modern factories, compared to the past. The Upstate Chamber, the Upstate Regional Education Centers and manufacturers are working to educate everyone about workforce opportunities in the area.