Greenville County benefits from the foreign investment of countries the world over.
- Approximately 230 different international firms from 27 countries have a major presence in Greenville County. The larger 10-county Upstate region encompasses over 460 firms from 34 different countries.
- From 2010 to 2018, more than 76 companies have either opened new or expanded facilities or offices in Greenville County. These announced investments have totaled over $1.4 Billion in capital investment and over 5,400 new jobs.
- South Carolina has been ranked the #1 state for attracting jobs through Foreign-Direct Investment per capita in three of the last five years.
- South Carolina also recognizes the value of exports to our economy, and we have the necessary infrastructure and resources to support companies that want to export their product to the world.
- Foreign companies located in Greenville include: Samsung Networks America, Eurokera, Kyocera Mita, Mitsubishi, Saint Gobain, Ahold, Magna, Bosch Rexroth, Pierburg, Nutra, and Michelin.
Upstate International (UI) (www.upstateinternational.org) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that offers many services for businesses and individuals, local and international, designed to enhance communication and understanding between and among the diverse cultures found in the Upstate. Through its programs, events and initiatives, UI seeks to foster the dynamic exchange of international cultures and ideas, enhancing your businesses’ success in the Upstate. Some of the UI programs include:
- Language classes, taught by native speakers, are offered in Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Sign Language, Spanish, Thai, and many more. UI’s language classes are taught in-person at our downtown office, online and can even be brought to your company’s facility to make participation as convenient as possible.
- Global Business Connection events and training on working across cultures. Specifically, UI’s Global Fluency Training workshops have been highly praised and are available at your company’s request.
- UI is a member of the World Affairs Councils of America, the largest nonpartisan, nonprofit network in the United States dedicated to educating the public on global issues and international relations. UI’s World Affairs Council Upstate(WAC Upstate) program promotes global identity in the Upstate and works to sustain international engagement in our region. WAC Upstate offers webinars and lunch & learns with distinguished speakers leading intellectual discussions on critical issues facing the world. Dedicated to fostering a deep understanding of global affairs and cultures, and supported by individuals and businesses, Upstate International engages globally-minded South Carolinians directly with each other and with elected officials, civic leaders, business leaders and professionals from around the world.
- Personal assistance is provided to Internationals who are new to the area through the UI relocation services Help is offered in all aspects of establishing a life in Greenville, from school registration and choosing a doctor, to getting a driver’s license and everything in between.
- The International Women’s Group has monthly meetings on a broad range of interesting and fun topics. They also enjoy weekly walks, hikes, coffees and lunches as they get to know one another, share their stories and make lasting and supportive friendships.
- The International Book Group meets monthly to discuss books by international authors that will take you into worlds and lives around the globe; through facilitated discussions we share a love of reading, learn about diverse cultures and have an enormous amount of fun.
- Other social cultural programs at Upstate International include: the annual International Month of Marchwith over a 100 internationally themed events and 60+ host partners; the International Murder Mystery Night kickoff and fundraiser; Salsa at Sunset, the free 3-part summer series featuring live Latin music and dancing downtown every summer; the always-sold-out Beaujolais Nouveau 5-course French dinner; the annual Gluhwein Party; and publication of a weekly eBlast and monthly eNewsletter.
The Upstate offers many organizations to help incorporate internationals into local culture.
- The Alliance FranÃ§aise de Piedmont encourages friendship and cultural exchanges among Americans and native French speakers. (www.afusa.org)
- Many other international associations are located in the Greenville area including:
- Greenville Chinese Cultural Association
- German-American Club of the Carolinas and German-American Chamber of Commerce
- Italian-American Club of Greater Greenville
- Japan America Association of SC
- Swiss American Society of the Piedmont
- India Association of Greater Greenville
- Friends of Internationals
- Greenville Sister Cities International
- Hispanic Alliance
- South Carolina Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
- The Michelin French School derives its standards by those offered by the French Ministry of Education in order to allow for an easy reintegration upon return to France. It is the only one of its kind throughout the nation.
- Japanese and German Saturday Schools and a Chinese School allow internationals to maintain their cultural and linguistic connections to their home nations through weekend classes.
- The International Baccalaureate Program housed at local public and private schools is seen worldwide as a superior secondary education. With an emphasis on foreign language fluency and fully developing the complete student, the IB program in Greenville is one of a kind in the Upstate.
- The German for Native Speakers program at Chris Church Episcopal School (CCES) began in 1995 and incorporates German lessons into their daily school schedule. CCES is accredited by the Bavarian Ministry of Education and Culture and is the only school outside of Germany to receive this accreditation.
- Restaurants: German, Japanese, Indian, Chinese, Korean, Mexican, Greek, Italian, Vietnamese, Thai, Dutch, Belgian, Persian, French, Jamaican, Irish, Columbian, El Savadoran, Peruvian, Middle Eastern and Afghani
- Groceries: Japanese, Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Asian, Europena
- Religious Opportunities: Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Coptic Orthodox, Greek Orthodox
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