In late 2013, the Upstate was selected to join the Global Cities Initiative, a joint project of the Brookings Institution & JPMorgan Chase, through a competitive application process. Over the next several years, the Upstate SC Alliance team worked alongside fellow Global City Exchange members to develop the practical knowledge, policy ideas, and networks needed to become more globally connected and competitive.
As part of the process, we combined a deep look into our region’s data and economic landscape with thoughtful discussions with local leaders and stakeholders, resulting in the Upstate SC Regional Export Plan (launched in 2015) and the Upstate SC Regional Foreign Direct Investment Plan (launched in 2016). These plans lay out a blueprint for increasing the region’s future prosperity and competitiveness through global connectivity. These plans are being implemented by a Global Competitiveness Task Force, comprised of multiple committees focused on different strategies and tactics as laid out within the plans.
The Global Cities Initiative Coordinator will provide a key role in supporting the logistics and communications related to implementation of the Upstate Regional Export and Foreign Direct Investment Plans. In this role, he/she will work closely with the Director of Research and the Director of Investor & Public Relations to take a an important role in organizing and communicating with committee members, while keeping the overall goals for the region at the forefront of our work. Attendance at occasional evening events is expected.
No phone calls or visits to the Upstate SC Alliance office.