Market Access – Greenville Area Development Corporation

Greenville County is situated in the northwest corner of South Carolina.  Located along the mega-growth I-85 corridor, the county is centered between Atlanta, GA to the south (145 miles) and Charlotte, NC to the north (92 miles).  The county seat of Greenville is located 101 miles from the capitol city of Columbia and only 200 miles from the port city of Charleston.

Interstate and Highways

The Upstate of South Carolina has over 14,000 miles of state and county maintained highways. Among these are several major interstate systems:

Interstate I-85 is the backbone of the manufacturing region.  Passing thru the Upstate, I-85 stretches from Petersburg, VA to Atlanta, GA and southern Alabama and connects the southeast with the northeast.

Interstate I-26 connects Greenville to the south, allowing access to the South Carolina ports.

Interstate I-185, known also as the Southern Connector, is a privately developed 17-mile toll road that has opened up portions of the county that have heretofore been inaccessible for industrial development.  An aggressive land use plan, including a state-of-the-art business and technology park, has already been developed for this area.


South Carolina’s largest airport, the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) is the major aviation facility in the Upstate.  Located just 20 minutes from downtown Greenville on I-85, GSP provides both passenger and cargo service.  The airport handles more than 2 million passengers annually and is served by five passenger airlines and four cargo airlines.  There are an average of 50 daily departures to 14 major cities and 15 airports in the U.S. A connection in any one of the 14 cities makes access to the world easy from GSP.  With the latest extension, the airport’s runway now measures 11,001 feet and is capable of handling any aircraft flying today.  With all the activity, its no wonder that GSP was voted 7th most user-friendly small airport in the nation in a survey by Conde’ Naste Traveler.

Located adjacent to the TD Convention Center and only three miles from Greenville’s Central Business District, the Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU) serves as the “Corporate Gateway” to Greenville.  GMU is a modern and attractive facility with a wide variety of tenants that offer a full range of aviation services. GMU is the busiest General Aviation Airport in the state.

The SC Technology and Aviation Center (SC TAC) features a public airport designed to meet a variety of aviation-related business needs. Donaldson Field (GYH) has an 8,000 foot primary runway that can handle virtually any landing gear configured aircraft and it has a Category 1 Instrument Landing System. SCTAC is also well suited for air freight/cargo services as well as aviation MRO and other aviation-related business needs.

In addition, the major commercial air hubs of Charlottle (CLT) and Atlanta (ATL) are approximately 2 hours and 2.5 hours away, respectively.

Rail Service

Greenville County is served by two major railroads, Norfolk-Southern and CSX Transportation, and a short-line railroad, Carolina Piedmont. Norfolk-Southern provides direct service to the Port of Charleston. All major metropolitan areas in the United States are accessible within three to six days by rail.

Port of Charleston

As one of the busiest container port in the nation, the Port of Charleston handles an average of six vessels each day, carrying cargo with more than $150 million. The Port offers the deepest channels in the region – capable of accommodating 8,000teu ships – and provides convenient access to global markets. A $148 million Charleston harbor deepening project completed in May 2004 took the inner harbor channels to 45-foot at mean low water, the deepest in the South Atlantic. A 52-foot deepening project is currently underway and is expected to be completed in 2021.

Inland Port – Greer

A full-service port terminal located in Greer, SC,  212 miles inland from the Port of Charleston. The Inland Port is operated by the SC Ports Authority as a container yard and exclusive daily rail service is provided by Norfolk Southern to the Port of Charleston.