Strategic Initiatives

Several organizations and initiatives contribute to Greenville's unique innovation community and help enhance the area's thriving business climate.


The Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) is a 250-acre an advanced-technology research campus where academia, industry and government organizations engage in synergistic collaboration.   Organized in a series of technology neighborhoods, the anchor for the first is the Carroll Campbell graduate building.  At 90,000-square-feet, it houses the automotive engineering graduate program and is the center for systems integration research activities as well as faculty, student, staff offices and conference facilities. The industry-focused and interdisciplinary program utilizes facilities that include full vehicle and engine/powertrain testing. In addition, there are offices for visiting industry partners and visiting faculty.

International Transportation Innovation Center

ITIC is a leading-edge automotive research infrastructure. It facilitates a new approach to incubate transportation innovations in an ecosystem environment - open to multiple stakeholders at the same time - that is safe, secure, and confidential. Our partnership between Clemson University International Center For Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) provides critical access to expert knowledge and state-of-the-art labs. The ITIC testing infrastructure, which is embedded at the South Carolina Technology & Aviation Center campus, allows companies to physically validate - in a real-world scenario - vehicle and infrastructure technologies that were conceived and developed in simulation and lab environment.

Health Sciences South Carolina

Established in April 2004, Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC) is a statewide public-private collaborative of research-intensive universities and major health systems possessing the shared vision of using health sciences research to improve the health, health care and economic wellbeing of South Carolina. HSSC includes Clemson University, the Medical University of South Carolina, the University of South Carolina, Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center, Palmetto Health, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, McLeod Health, Self Regional Healthcare and AnMed Health. 


NEXT is the resource collaborative that specializes in developing the region's fast-growth entrepreneurial sector. The mission of NEXT is to create a new culture of entrepreneurship in the region, and to dramatically increase the number and quality of fast-growth, entrepreneurial companies headquartered in our region. NEXT pursues three key initiatives to achieve its mission: client services to technology based entrepreneurs, infrastructure, and voice/advocacy.

Greenville Forward

The mission of Greenville Forward is to enhance the quality of life for greater Greenville by engaging citizens in continually updating, promoting, and facilitating a community vision for 2025 and beyond.

Ten at the Top

Comprised of public, private and civic leaders across the ten-county Upstate South Carolina Region, Ten at the Top was created to build regional trust and consensus through data-driven research and regular convening of leaders and citizens to address key issues facing the region. Ten at the Top works with regional partners to encourage quality growth and enhance the economic vitality, natural and cultural resources and quality of life for Upstate residents both today and as the region continues to grow.