Calendared from September 15-October 15,Hispanic Heritage Month brackets the independence days of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Chile, and Belize. It commemorates the culmination of profound shifts in thinking + culture that overcame oppression. Hispanic Heritage Month 2020 is the perfect time for a revolution – a revolution of perspective and ideas.
Greenville’s Hispanic community has experienced a disproportionate amount of sickness and economic loss because of COVID-19, and Hispanics in our area are embracing ashift in thinking, rediscovering the power of relationships, and expanding beyond their comfort zones to bring a unified front to the battle for their community.
Celebrations in times of struggle take on a more earnest tone than in times of plenty, but celebrate we will. As we have since 2015,Hispanic Alliance marshals the Upstate to honor the traditions of a tapestry of Spanish-speaking and Latin peoples, through our community platform, HispanicHeritageMonthSC.com.
Hispanic Heritage Month | Image provided by the Hispanic Alliance
To celebrate on a local level during this unprecedented time, community members are encouraged to both submit and participate in virtual and in-person events using ourEvents Calendar. In addition, you can alsonominatea Hispanic hero forour daily Instagram shout-out –“30 Days of Hispanic Heritage.” Or, you can plan your own movie night or watch party withNoches de Cine, a curated list of noteworthy Hispanic films that will be released on Sept. 16 in partnership with the SC Arts Commission.
Hispanic neighbors making a difference in the community | Image provided by the Hispanic Alliance
Furthermore, if you are looking for a new perspective on your Hispanic neighbors, click the button below to read more about the work and thinking of the most locally impactful Hispanic groups. You can alsosubscribe to the Hispanic Alliance for ourin-depth digital articles released weekly duringHispanic Heritage Month. ¡Viva la Revolución!
State ○ On Fri., Sept. 11, President Donald TrumpawardedSouth Carolina native Sergeant Major Thomas Payne with the Medal of Honor. In 2015, Sgt. Maj. Payne rescued 70 hostages during a raid in Iraq. Read more about his story here. (WSPA)
Civic ○ The City of Greenville’s Citizen Advisory Committee on Public Safety is soliciting your input about the Greenville Police Department (GPD). Feedback from this survey will help the Committee formulate recommendations about the GPD to City Council. Click here to participate by Thurs., Sept. 24 + click here for additional information. ○ This is your friendly reminder to complete the 2020 Census (if you haven’t already). When we last checked, SC’s self-response rate was tracking at 59.5% and Greenville County was at roughly 67%, but we can still do better. It is important to make sure we get each and every Greenvillian counted in order to get the funding for programs + services that help make Greenville a better place for everyone to live. To complete the 2020 Census online, click here. ✅
City ○ A few weeks ago, we told you that anapplication for special exception was submitted by “SBX 100 MAIN STREET, LLC” to the City of Greenville for a coffee shop with a drive-thru. The City’s Zoning Board denied the request for a drive-thru, but the property might still end up as a Starbucks. Click here to read more. ☕ (Upstate Business Journal)
Ranked ○ US News & World Report has ranked Furman University among the nation’s “Most Innovative Schools” for a fourth consecutive year according to the 2021 U.S. News “Best Colleges Rankings” published today. Go Paladins.
ComingSoon ○ Core 450, a new restaurant at Cherokee Valley Course and Club, is opening this fall. Executive Chef Todd Warden will bring a “diverse yet approachable” menu, including pizza, small plates, and even five course meals. Guests will be able to enjoy their meal with views of the Blue Ridge Mountain foothills. Learn more here. ⛰
Edu ○ Late last week, Furman University announced that Dr. Matthew W. Wilson, a Furman University graduate, is making a planned gift of $4 million to the University’s Institute for the Advancement of Community Health that will fund an endowment and existing scholarships. Read more about Dr. Wilson’s gift + the pressing health care questions he hopes the University will help tackle here. 🩺
Development ○ Home to 21 global businesses, the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research(CU-ICAR) is expanding its footprint with a new technology neighborhood – Technology Neighborhood III. The first building in the neighborhood will be a multi-tenant 40,000 sq. ft. high-bay facility supported by $2 million in funding from the US Economic Development Administration. Read morehere. ○ Last week, DC BLOX announced plans to build a major regional Tier III data center in Greenville County, specifically at the Global Business Park bordering I-85. The data center will be 45,000 sq. ft. and will bring five high-paying new positions initially to the community, along with an expected investment of over $200 million. Read more here.
Volunteer ○Pendleton Place is ready to welcome volunteers back (in small numbers). Masks will be required. At this time, they have an immediate need for weekly/regular support for high school tutors for Smith House on Mon./Wed./Fri. If this sounds like something you might be interested in, email Blakeley Yandlehere.
Events ○ Sneak Pique | Mon., Sept. 14 | 4 p.m. | Free | This happy hour is for young professionals to meet + interact virtually with their peers. 💻
FeaturedEvent ○ AutoPack Summit | Thurs., Oct. 1-Fri., Oct. 30 | 10-11 a.m. | Virtual | Free, Register here | Attend a series of free, webinar style presentations given by automotive OEMs, Tier 1 Suppliers, and Packaging Providers throughout the month of October. Ⓟ
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.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve had multiple readers ask what is being built on the corner of Verdae Boulevard + Laurens Road.
Well, we finally have an answer for y’all – the new corporate headquarters of Southern First Bank.
Some fast facts:
💰The headquarters will cover over 100,000 sq. ft. across nearly seven acres (double the size of the current HQ).
💰The five-story building is expected to be complete at the end of 2021.
💰 The building will have a cafe + walking trails along its parkland setting.
💰 The project is expected to cost roughly $40 million.
Read more about the bank’s vision + history in Greenville here. (Upstate Business Journal)
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○ VisitSCDHEC’s website for full coronavirus data + stats, andhere for daily positive COVID-19 cases + related deaths in South Carolina.
○ With Gov. McMaster’s recent decision to allow performing arts centers to reopen at half capacity, the South Carolina Children’s Theatre(SCCT) is evaluating a number of options for returning to live theatre. Give your feedback by taking their two-question survey here.
○ On Friday, SCDHEC announced a transition in leadership of its deputy area of Public Health. Dr. Brannon Traxler, formerly the Chief Medical Officer for the state’s COVID-19 response, will assume the role of interim director of Public Health following Dr. Joan Duwve’s decision to move on from her role as the agency’s Public Health Director.
○ Late last week, SCDHEC announced the agency + several key partners are developing a statewide COVID-19 vaccination testing plan in accordance with federal guidance. The overarching goal of this vaccination plan will be the equitable distribution of vaccines across the state. (WCSC)
○ If you have been missing theatre these past several months, then this one’s for you. The Warehouse Theatre has announced an original, Zoom-based performance titled OBJECTIVITY: From Clutter to Clarity with Mary Del Campo. The show will run from Sept. 30 to Oct. 17, tickets are $25, and performances will be capped at 25 patrons. Click here to buy tickets.
○ Yesterday, SCDHEC announced that the organization is launching a new immunization information system that will help ensure access + availability of essential immunizations to everyone in SC. The Statewide Immunization Online Network(SIMON) will provide a streamlined process for immunization providers to manage vaccine inventory in addition to providing patient reminders and offering a patient portal to view immunization records. (WLTX)
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