The best way to make sure your voice is heard in our country (especially with the General Election right around the corner) is to vote. (If you still have any questions on that, take a look at our handy dandy, comprehensive guide to voting in November.)
Probably the next best option is to contact your government officials and let them know how you feel about local issues, but this can be extremely intimidating for so many people. Where do I start? Who is my representative? How do I get in touch with them?
Lucky for us, the City of Greenville has a wonderful,interactive resource you can use to see who your elected officials are and the different methods for contacting them.
City of Greenville’s “Find Your Elected Officials” Interactive Map
As you can see from the image above, you can use the map to determine your – ○ Voter Precinct ○ City (of Greenville) Council District ○ Greenville County Council District ○ SC House District ○ SC Senate District ○ US Congressional District
There are a few ways you can use this map to determine your elected officials. Manually zoom in on (or close to) your place of residence + use the menu bar on the left to select your representatives. Their contact information will automatically populate when you click their names.
For those of you who are a bit more geographically challenged, you have a couple of different options. If you live in the City of Greenville, you can use the “Find Districts by Clicking on Map” option + click on your address to populate your representatives. (#ProTip: Make sure you zoom in on the city until you see the blue dots.) If you live in or outside of the city, you can use the “Determine Political Districts by Address” option. (#ProTip: Wait for your address to automatically populate as you type. Generated data may be limited for locations outside of the City of Greenville.)
A final troubleshooting tip – if you’re having trouble viewing different districts, click “Layer List (change layer visibility),” and make sure various map layers are not impeding your search.
Happy exploring, Greenville – we hope you find this map just as useful + interesting as we did.
Have you ever contacted your local elected officials?
Never ever, and I won’t start now.
No, but I’m bookmarking this resource for the future.
Announced ○Earlier this week, the SCSupreme Court ruled that a witness signature is once again required on South Carolina’s absentee ballots. To accommodate those that cast their ballots beforeMonday’s announcement, ballots received within two days of Monday’s decision will not be rejected. (WBTV)
Development ○ ReWa’s DIG Greenville project hit a major milestone this week – the 1.3 mile tunnelis now complete after two+ years of work. The largest-ever underground tunnel in our city’s history runs from Cleveland Park(near the Greenville Zoo) to Hudson Street (near downtown) and should meet Greenville’s growing capacity requirements for the next 100 years. 🚧 (Greenville Journal)
Asked ○ It’s fall, y’all, and we’re putting together the ultimate Greenville fall bucket list. We want to know – which local events and activities are a must-do for you? Whether it’s pumpkin picking at Denver Downs, getting spooked at Madworld, or sippin’ on a pumpkin pie latte from Swamp Rabbit Cafe – we want to hear your recommendations for embracing this festive fall season. Reply here to share your ideas. 🍁
State ○ President and CEO of the SC Chamber of Commerce Ted Pittsannounced he is stepping down from the role to become the president and CEO at Wilson Kibler. The SC Chamber will be conducting a nationwide search for his replacement. (CRBR) ○ In Columbia, the Attorney General’s Office held its 23rd annual Silent Witness Ceremony on Monday afternoon. The ceremony honored the 36 women + 6 men who lost their lives to domestic violence in 2019. (WIS)
Active ○ Funny name, serious trail. A big thanks to our friends at Kidding Around Greenville for telling us about The Doodle Trail – an 8.4 mile running, biking + walking trail located in Pickens County. The trail is a repurposed train track route thathas a park, learning activities, and bikes for rent from Sweet Tea Cycles. Learn more here. 🚲 (Kidding Around Greenville)
Edu ○ Furman University is breaking ground this week on the Joseph Vaughn Plaza. The plaza will be located in front of the James B. Duke Library + will be home to a statue memorializing Furman’s first Black undergraduate student. Furman hopes this space will be “a place for reflection and celebration of those who helped to make the university a more equitable and inclusive place.”
Cause ○ The American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink campaign is happening throughout the month of October + 28 men in the Upstate are competing to raise money for the cause. One of the Upstate’s candidates is even in the National Top 10. Learn more about how you can donate here. 💕 (WSPA)
Coronavirus ○ Yesterday morning, Greenville County Schools Superintendent W. Burke Royster announced all remaining elementary students in the traditional school program(not virtual program) will return to full-time in-person instruction. Read more about the precautions Greenville County Schools are takinghere. (WYFF 4) ○ The South Carolina Supreme Court issued a judgement yesterday afternoon declaring Gov. McMaster’s proposed use of $32 million in CARES Act money for private schools unconstitutional. (Greenville News) ○ Visit SCDHEC’s website for full coronavirus data + stats, and herefor daily positive COVID-19 cases + related deaths in South Carolina.
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Just this week, the Carolina Panthers releasednew renderingsof their training facility #ComingSoon to Rock Hill (roughly two hours up the road towards Charlotte).
And we kind of agree with fan + commenter @jarrettstowe – this might be nicer than Bank of America stadium.
The team’s state-of-the-art, 240-acre HQ in York County will be home to the 2-2 Panthers’ new practice facilities + “restaurants, retail, a healthcare facility, apartments, hotels, trails, and office space.” Construction should wrap up in 2023. Get even more details here.
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TryThis ○ Travelers Rest Farmers Market| Thurs., Oct. 8 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Trailblazer Park, Travelers Rest | Free entry entry | Bring a lawn chair + a friend to fully enjoy the best of fall with local vendors, food trucks, and live music. 🌽
Show ○ Poets of Nashville | Thurs., Oct. 8 | 8 p.m. | Genevieve’s at the Peace Center | $200 for a table of 4 | Nashville based singer-songwriter Kyshona will be bringing a message of empowerment to Genevieve’s. 🎤
Family ○ Drive-In Laser Light Show| Thurs., Oct. 8-Sat., Oct. 10 | 8-10 p.m. | Greenville-Pickens Speedway, 3800 Calhoun Memorial Hwy. | $25+ | Enjoy a spectacular drive-in laser show with the whole family from the safety of your car. ⚡
Job ○ Drive-Thru Hiring Event with Michelin | Thurs., Oct. 8 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Behind Michelin Family Center, Longs Pond Rd. | Free | HTI is hiring for various positions at Michelin Lexington + conducting interviews on the spot.
Active ○ Bendy Birds Yoga| Thurs., Oct. 8 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Birds Fly South Ale Project, 1320 Hampton Ave. Ext. | $10 | Join BFS for their weekly outdoor yoga session with Abbey + a free pint. 🍺
Drink ○ PRIDE on the Patio | Thurs., Oct. 8 | 4-10:30 p.m. | UP on the Roof, 250 Riverplace | Free entry | Join UP on the Roof every Thursday in October to celebrate LGBTQ pride + equality in the UPstate. 🌈
Volunteer ○ Volunteer Day with Sustaining Way| Thurs., Oct. 8 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Sustaining Way, 60 Baxter St. | Free | A Thursday volunteer workday weeding and working in the garden at Sustaining Way.
PlanAhead ○ Leadercast Ripple Effect| Thurs., Oct. 15 | 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Virtual | $45 | Join the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce for this professional development seminar designed to amplify your leadership impact. Learn from soccer legend Abby Wambach, digital marketing guru Randi Zuckerberg + more. Ⓟ ○ Meals on Wheels Young Professionals Fall Social | Thurs., Oct. 15 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | 15 Oregon St. | $30 | Join young professionals from across the upstate in enjoying some BBQ and drinks to raise awareness in support of our homebound community. All event proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels of Greenville. Ⓟ ○ TreesUpstate Turkey Day Virtual 5k Run | Thurs., Nov. 26- Sun., Nov. 29 | $25 | Whether you’re on the treadmill or in your neighborhood, stay active over Thanksgiving weekend with TreesUpstate, and you’ll get a race shirt, local coupons, and a chance to win some awesome prizes. Ⓟ
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
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