Meeting/Event Information

    Spartanburg Development Initiative

    June 28, 2018
    11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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    AC Marriott Hotel
    225 West Main Street
    Spartanburg, SC 29306


    With over $1.91 billion in investments within the past three years, Spartanburg County is not just thriving, it's booming.  Just as transformative development washes over the City's downtown area, spawning new retail, restaurant, and commercial properties, the County's industrial spec market is in the midst of an unprecedented expansion.  Not since the days of textiles and railroads has Spartanburg seen such rapid economic growth, and the momentum only continues to gain traction.

    Join SMPS Palmetto on June 28th in the newly redeveloped AC Marriott Hotel as John Montgomery, VP of Colliers International and Patty Bock, Economic Development Director for the City of Spartanburg, provide insight into upcoming initiatives designed to further fuel growth in the Hub City for businesses and residents alike.


    Karen Calhoun, Moderator, Mcmillan, pazdan, smith

    John Montgomery, VP of Colliers International

     John brings a breadth of experience in master-planned communities, retail, residential, commercial and industrical development projects.  After graduating from the University of South Carolina, he began his career with Carolina First Bank, gaining a wealth of knowledge of the banking side of the development process. With an eye on a career in real estate development, he moved to New York and earned a Masters in Real Estate Development from Columbia University.  John has overseen and developed thousands of acres of real estate and economic development projects worth billions of dollars, including Toray Carbon Fibers, Ritrama and Magna Seating.


    Patty Bock, Economic Director for the City of Spartanburg

    Patty's department is charged to create and implement plans, programs, and services that will increase development, private investment, and job opportunities within the City of Spartanburg.  This includes expanding, retaining, and attracting business and residents, facilitating real estate development and serving as a liaison between municipal government and the business and development community.  Her creation of the Main Street Challenge, an entrepreneurial start up competition to fill vacant downtown storefronts brought national attention to Spartanburg, and drew new interest and momentum to the downtown area.  In 2014 she was chosen by her peers as Upstate Economic Developer of the Year.




    Through the generous donations of our sponsors, our chapter is able to continue to provide high quality programs in Charleston, Columbia and Greenville. Additional program sponsorship opportunities for this program are available. If you would like to become a program sponsor, please contact Betsy McDonald or Geoff Lewis.  Program sponsorships are $250 and limited to non-competing firms.

    The ticket price for members and non-members includes lunch.  Due to limited seating, online registration is highly encouraged. A $10 late fee will be incurred for all walk-in registrations. Payment via cash, credit card, or check is accepted when paying at the door, and all checks should be made out to: SMPS Palmetto. 
    Refunds will only be granted if cancellation is made within 48 hours of the start time and will only be provided in the form of a credit to another program. No refunds will be made for no-shows. Email for substitution or refund requests.


    $25.00 SMPS Members Only
    $35.00 after 5:00 pm June 26
    $20.00 Earlybird rate before June 18

    $40.00 Non-SMPS Members
    $50.00 after 5:00 pm June 26
    $35.00 Earlybird rate before June 18

    $255.00 after 05:00 pm June 26
    $225.00 Earlybird rate before June 18

    $250.00 Program Sponsorship

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