ABOUT INCLUSIVE INDICATORS

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IN 2025, WE DREAM THAT GREENVILLE IS OPEN AND WELCOMING TO ALL, REGARDLESS OF WHAT YOU LOOK LIKE, HOW MUCH YOU MAKE, WHERE AND IF YOU WORSHIP, WHERE YOU COME FROM, OR WHOM YOU LOVE.

DIVERSITY. In 2025, Greenville County public and private sector leaders and residents welcome and integrate all its residents into a unified community whose diverse members and populations have full equality.

INTERNATIONAL. In 2025, Greenville County is recognized globally for its international outreach, success and commitment to international trade and investment, and for its reputation as a community dedicated to welcoming internationals who have come to work and settle in the area. Further, the community offers special curriculums at the college and secondary level to prepare students for participation in the global world of commerce and human relations.

ABOUT HEALTHY INDICATORS

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Health.
In 2025, Greenville County ranks among the healthiest places to live. Residents reversed the trend in obesity, in part due to the supportive environment for recreation, exercise, and healthy lifestyles.

Through active disease prevention and intervention strategies, Greenville residents live longer with less chronic disease, injury or accidental or premature death.

When disease occurs, the Greenville healthcare system is the first choice to provide the full continuum of quality medical care for individuals of all ages and resources.


Sponsored by Bon Secours St. Francis Health SystemPublic Safety.
To grow and sustain a safe and thriving community that works collaboratively with all peoples and cultures, employing progressive strategies aimed at significantly impacting crime & safety."

ABOUT LEARNING INDICATORS

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GREENVILLE COUNTY HAS A CULTURE THAT VALUES LEARNING.

Greenville County promotes a learning community where achieving educational excellence is the standard, from the cradle to the grave. Greenville is a vibrant, internationally recognized learning community that provides every person with the education to succeed in life.

By 2025, Greenville County Schools will achieve their major goals for enhancing public education, and has become one of the premier school districts in the Southeast. The successful implementation of the work of Greenville’s nonprofit agencies results in higher test scores throughout the system and dramatically demonstrates the importance of early childhood education. School facilities are used for community activities, and school grounds are part of the county’s park system.

ABOUT CREATIVE INDICATORS

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Active and Vibrant Arts and Cultural Scene. In 2025, Greenville is internationally recognized as a center for the arts, fostering community-wide support and appreciation of the value of all arts, disciplines, and cultures. The arts are valued by residents and community leaders and are a vital part of the growth and prosperity of the community. The arts environment contributes to a strong sense of place where young and old want to live.

Talent Attraction and Retention. In 2025, bright, highly sought after professionals and entrepreneurs from around the world choose to live and work in Greenville. Our brightest and most talented young people choose to stay in Greenville, or return after spending time in other parts of the world. The common denominator: they all enjoy telling their “big city” friends and colleagues that Greenville is indeed a very cool place.

ABOUT CONNECTED INDICATORS

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Multimodal Transportation System. In 2025, Greenville has created and inspired a multi-modal, vibrant, and inclusive transportation system, including a series of bus and train links, walking trails, bike trails, pedestrian corridors, and transportation choices that minimize the need for vehicles.

Innovative Government. Greenville County is a place where government and elected officials collaborate with each other, where services are shared and consolidated, and where the electorate is educated and informed.

Collaborative Planning. Municipalities in Greenville County plan with each other in developing land use and comprehensive plans. We dream of a Greenville where entrances into communities are attractive, and sprawl and growth is planned.

ABOUT INNOVATIVE INDICATORS

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Greenville is the business center of the Southeast.

The vitality of Greenville as the focal point of the Upstate economy is based on globally distinctive industry clusters built around partnerships of major trading companies and research universities, and supported by networks of firms with specialized knowledge and resources, technical colleges to develop a skilled work force, and an entrepreneurial infrastructure of capital and resources that promotes the development of independent, high-growth companies.
The overall objective of this strategy, and its most important measure of success, is increased per capita income to a level equivalent to other highly-productive communities.

ABOUT GREEN INDICATORS

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Environmental concerns will continue to be a major public policy issue in the 21st century. In addition to meeting the National Ambient Air Standards, the Upstate will be challenged to find new methods of treating and reusing wastewater and solid wastes.

There will be increasing attention to manage both the quality and quantity of storm water. There will be many opportunities for new approaches to environmental management.

WHAT WE DO

Greenville Forward enhances the quality of life for greater Greenville by engaging citizens in continually updating, promoting, and facilitating a community vision for 2025 and beyond.

Greenville Forward understands Greenville’s most important issues, creates dialogue and builds partnerships to create collective impact, and holds leaders accountable for making the Vision not only possible, but probable, to make Greenville County the most livable community in the world.

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