Greenville County Cultural Diversity Highlights

  • Southern Living Magazine recently recognized the area as being South Carolina’s City of the Arts.
  • Greenville’s international flavor is also seen in its faith community – with a variety of major world religions represented, providing services in Kurdish, Korean, Chinese and many other languages.
  • Microsoft recently ranked Greenville County as being a Top 10 digital county.
  • Artisphere, Greenville’s newest arts festival offering, will feature international artists in both visual and performing arts.
  • Greenville is also home to numerous world-class chefs regularly featured in Bon Apetite.

International Festivals

Main Street occasionally closes to traffic and allows for local festivals and celebrations in a family-friendly atmosphere.  International festivals include: the Greenville Scottish Games, the Greek Festival, Oktoberfest, Hispanic Festival, A Day with India Event, as well as the Shinnehkai and Bon Japanese Festivals and the World Tai Chi Day.

Upstate International

Upstate International (www.upstateinternational.org) offers many services to internationals designed to integrate cultures and help them get involved in the community.  See our International page for additional details or visit the organization's website. 

Diversity Recruitment Consortium

The Diversity Recruitment Consortium is a group of organizations, founded by the Richard W. Riley
Institute at Furman University and facilitated by the Greenville Chamber and South Carolina Chamber
of Commerce, to collectively develop innovative programs, practices and processes that increase
the diversity of professional and executive talent throughout South Carolina.


The Minority Economic Development Institute, Inc. (MEDII)

The Minority Economic Development Institute (MEDII) is a non-profit economic development organization founded in 2007 to serve as a state-wide resource which aims to increase the economic assets of minority individuals and minority-owned businesses. MEDII intends to function in the Upstate from a main location in Greenville, South Carolina. Its goal is to develop and implement programs to increase the per capita income of minorities through several initiatives including Business Development, Research, Policy, Advocacy, and Education and Training.


Opportunities for Minority Business (via the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce)

  • The Business Women in Action Committee creates opportunities for women in business by providing network, mentoring, awareness and education.
  • CAPACITY is the Greenville Chamber’s initiative designed to foster economic development through diversity and inclusion. Building capacity refers to strengthening the skills, competencies and abilities of people and communities. Growth can only be sustained by its structure. The CAPACITY initiative facilitates building structure within the community to increase capacity, enhance economic development, and create leadership opportunities for diverse business owners and professionals.


    Religious Communities with a Cultural Affiliation in the Upstate

    • Vedic Center of Greenville (Hindu)
    • Hindu Society of Greater Spartanburg
    • Bethel Israel Synagogue (Jewish)
    • Temple of Israel (Jewish)
    • Islamic Society of Greenville (Muslim)
    • Carolina Buddhist Vihara
    • St. George Greek Orthodox Church
    • St. Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Church (Egyptian)