This community's economic history is rooted in agriculture and textiles, and boasts an exemplary lifestyle and strong work ethic inspired by those vocations. Today, more than 90 international firms, representing 15 nations, have joined the business community and added their own special flavor to Spartanburg's mix. The most well-known example, perhaps, is BMW Manufacturing Corporation, which began production at its first North American assembly plant in Spartanburg in September 1994 and now is the sole producer of the Z3 Roadster, introduced in the fall of 1995 for worldwide distribution.
Spartanburg County offers an excellent environment for working, living and playing.
The City of Spartanburg has a mayor, city council and city manager. The five city council members are elected from single-member districts while the mayor is elected at-large, all serving four-year terms. The County Council has six members elected from single-member districts and a chairman elected at-large, each serving a four-year term. The county has a council-administrator form of government and employs an administrator who is responsible for all departments over which County Council has authority.
Spartanburg County has 12 other municipalities with their own elected councils and mayors. Many of those towns have cooperative and contractual arrangements for such services as police protection, sewer and water.
There is a wide and varied range of employment opportunities in Spartanburg County, spurred in part by the growth of the international corporate community -- BMW, Michelin, Siemens, Hoechst Celanese, to name a few. Wages and benefits are among the most competitive in the country.
Calling Spartanburg County home is easy. The variety of housing opportunities in virtually every price range and every setting allows you to choose your own lifestyle and still feel a part of the community. Whatever you choose, you have a promise of excellent quality for the housing dollar.
The quality of life here is unbeatable. Recreational and cultural opportunities abound -- symphony performances, festivals, football, baseball, soccer, theater, golfing, swimming, tennis, parks, historical sites and much, much more.
Performances and events ranging from art shows and ballet to symphonies and repertory theater are made possible in Spartanburg in part by the Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg, which supports nine arts organizations.
Numerous community groups offer volunteer programs assisting the needy, such as Mobile Meals, St. Luke's Free Clinic, and the United Way of the Piedmont. Religious opportunities also abound, with more than 200 congregations in Spartanburg representing just about any denomination possible.
Spartanburg County schools are administered by seven school districts and serve more than
44,000 students. They operate 39 elementary schools, 15 middle or junior high schools,
nine high schools, and four career centers or vocational schools. Spartanburg County
also has a number of private and parochial schools. Recognized for its commitment to
primary and secondary education, Spartanburg County boasts Average SAT scores for
college-bound seniors that exceed the national average SAT scores as well as the
South Carolina average scores.
Spartanburg County has a large higher education community, including highly ranked public and private four-year institutions as well as two-year schools. Residents can take advantage of a wide range of opportunities offered by this education community.
Spartanburg County.s health care facilities boast sophisticated medical treatment and technology administered with a caring touch. The concerned, well-educated professionals in our hospitals, clinics and private practices provide residents with the best in progressive health maintenance.
The Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) is located between the cities of Greenville and Spartanburg on Interstate 85. GSP is growing into one of the finest airports in the country.
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