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By Elise Franco, GoUpstate
In its first year, OneSpartanburg launched 22 projects and put irons in the fire for continued forward movement.
But Allen Smith, Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, and the initiative’s 312 volunteers want more.
Those behind the initiative, which launched in January 2017 in an effort to bring a sense of self to the city, and its supporters gathered Tuesday to celebrate the release of the OneSpartanburg Scorecard. The Scorecard is broken up into four sections that outline the projects and supporting data for four areas — talent, economy, place and image, each of which is assigned an action team.
Smith said the scorecard is the culmination of the year’s work and progress, but there’s still much to be done.
“People are energized by momentum, and we have a lot of it,” he said. “OneSpartanburg is rolling, but we must expand the progress to move forward.”
The scorecard includes a wide range of data, including educational attainment, per capital income, quality of life ratings, and how people rank Spartanburg as a place to live, work and invest. The full scorecard can be found at issuu.com/onespartanburg/docs/onespartanburg_2018_scorecard.
Erin Black, director of Spartanburg County Adult Education at the Z.L. Madden Learning Center, said she’s been inspired by the scorecard to get involved in OneSpartanburg. Black said she was particularly interested in data that showed 19.4 percent of people coming into the county don’t have a high school diploma.
“At the Adult Education Center, we serve that percentage of the population that doesn’t have a diploma,” she said. “I see that group as the future of the workforce.”
Karen Rhodes and Natasha Inlaw, both volunteers with the Talent Action Team, said having the scorecard data will allow them to better move forward.
“This is a long-term process looking at progress over a number of years,” Inlaw said. “We’ve just seen the spark of what’s to come.”
Smith described OneSpartanburg as a “big, long checklist” and said it’s the commitment from the volunteers and investors that make continued progress possible.
“I’m never satisfied, so I always want more, faster,” he said. “The work they’re doing is so critically important, because we’re talking about whether people in our community will have opportunities.”