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Downtown Spartanburg's planned six-story Cambria Hotel examined by City Design Review Board

11/8/2018
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A new six-story hotel planned for the southest corner of N Church and E St John streets got its first overview from the City's Design Review Board (DRB) on Tuesday. The proposed 119 room hotel includes a ground-floor restaurant and bar with outdoor seating, an outdoor pool, and a two-level parking deck. The board, citing the developer's plans to use nonconforming EFIS (exterior insulation and finish system) to clad the exterior of the hotel's upper floors, sent the project back to the...

Duration:00:38:53

Spooky Spartanburg Halloween stories

10/31/2018
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Spartanburg has been around for a long time (1787, 1789, or 1831...whatever date you choose, it's been a minute) long enough to have its fair share of creepy history and lore, perfect to explore on this Halloween edition of the City Podcast. We're talking with our friend Brad Steinecke, Spartanburg County Public Library Assistant Director of Local History, to hear some terrifying local tales. Happy Halloween!

Duration:00:38:32

City Manager Chris Story discusses his new role, aspirations for Spartanburg's future

10/25/2018
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He's new to the job but definitely not new to Spartanburg and its people's aspirations and challenges. City Manager Chris Story is through his first couple of weeks on the job after Spartanburg City Council voted 7-0 to award him the position after the retirement of former City Manager Ed Memmott. Story had served as Assistant City Manager since 2009 and held the position of of Assistant County Administrator with Spartanburg County for nine years before that. Today on the podcast, we're...

Duration:00:38:31

Up close and personal with new Spartanburg City Manager Chris Story

10/17/2018
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He's new to the job but definitely not new to Spartanburg and its people's aspirations and challenges. City Manager Chris Story is through his first couple of weeks on the job after Spartanburg City Council voted 7-0 to award him the position after the retirement of former City Manager Ed Memmott. Story had served as Assistant City Manager since 2009 and held the position of of Assistant County Administrator with Spartanburg County for nine years before that. Story is certainly no stranger...

Duration:00:23:52

Proud Mary Theatre Company kicking off second season at West Main Artists Co-op, Oct. 26

10/11/2018
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Whatever your taste in the arts, visual or musical, theatrical or literary, mainstream or alternative, Spartanburg has something for you. Today on the podcast, we're exploring a relatively new piece of the local arts puzzle, the Proud Mary Theatre Company. Based at the West Main Artists Co-op, the group is preparing to launch its second season with The Boys in the Band ​on Friday, October 26 at 8 p.m. Today on the podcast, we're talking with Sandy Staggs, Proud Mary's Artistic Director,...

Duration:00:15:35

New Downtown Business Council set to hold first meeting, Oct. 15

10/3/2018
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The Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce Downtown Development Partnership has announced a new way for downtown business owners, employees, and residents to come together to learn, share information, and stay in the loop about the rapidly changing face of Downtown Spartanburg. The newly created Downtown Business Council is meant to offer a space for businesses and downtown stakeholders to share their perspectives and to hear information on the wide range of issues that impact those who work...

Duration:00:22:57

Outgoing City Manager, Ed Memmott reflects on 21 years in Spartanburg (part two)

9/26/2018
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As you might imagine, in his 21 years serving in Spartanburg City Government, outgoing City Manager Ed Memmott has seen our city go through some drastic changes. Coming to the the City in 1997 to serve as Community Development Director, Memmott then served as Assistant City Manager for five years before becoming City Manager in 2009 and has overseen one of the most important development periods in Spartanburg's history. The list of projects speaks for itself. During his tenure, Ed Memmott...

Duration:00:41:14

Outgoing Outgoing City Manager, Ed Memmott reflects on 21 years in Spartanburg (part one)

9/20/2018
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As you might imagine, in his 21 years serving in Spartanburg City Government, outgoing City Manager Ed Memmott has seen our city go through some drastic changes. Coming to the the City in 1997 to serve as Community Development Director, Memmott then served as Assistant City Manager for five years before becoming City Manager in 2009 and has overseen one of the most important development periods in Spartanburg's history. The list of projects speaks for itself. During his tenure, Ed Memmott...

Duration:00:47:02

Getting to know the new HUB-BUB Artists-in-Residence

9/12/2018
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If you've spent any significant amount of time in Downtown Spartanburg in the last decade, there's a pretty good chance that you've encountered work created by one of the 33 artists brought to Spartanburg through HUB-BUB's celebrated Artists-in-Residence program. Over the years, the program's artists have created lasting impacts that are both physical (like Sparkle City Mini Putt) and cultural. Now, through a merger last year with Chapman Cultural Center, the former HUB-BUB...

Duration:00:26:12

Discussing the future T.K. Gregg Community Center

9/6/2018
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At their last meeting, Spartanburg City Council unanimously approved a funding plan for the future T.K. Gregg Community Center to be built on the former site of Oakview Apartments on our city's Northside. The new center will feature an indoor aquatics center with two pools—one for competitive and exercise lap swimming and one for water therapy and swimming lessons—as well as an indoor gymnasium, fitness center, walking track, and community rooms. In all, the project is expected to cost...

Duration:00:43:38

Getting to know new Spartanburg Philharmonic Music Director, Stefan Sanders

8/29/2018
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It's an arts institution with a storied 90-year history in our community, and for the first time since 2005, there will be a music director at the helm of Spartanburg Philharmonic as they enter a new season. After a two-year search process that brought three guest conductors to Spartanburg, Stefan Sanders was named Music Director in March. Sanders comes to Spartanburg after five seasons as resident conductor of the Buffalo (New York) Philharmonic Orchestra. He also serves as Music Director...

Duration:00:40:57

A City Podcast back-to-school special

8/16/2018
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The summer heat is still here but summer for our city's children is about to come to an end as school begins next week, so today on the podcast, we're doing something a bit different. We packed up the recording equipment and set up shop at the Downtown Memorial Airport Park, which opened this spring, looking to get some thoughts from our local children on what they're looking forward too this upcoming school year. What did we learn? Listen to find out.

Duration:00:23:10

Spartanburg Little Theatre season to kickoff with 'The Little Mermaid,' September 7-23

8/9/2018
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Their performances routinely sell out the theater at their Chapman Cultural Center homebase, and when it comes to community theater companies, Spartanburg Little Theatre is in a class by itself in the upstate. And taking a look at the performances scheduled in their upcoming 2018-2019 season, it's pretty easy to see why. Today on the podcast, we're talking with Spartanburg Little Theatre Executive Artistic Director, Jay Coffman about the local theater scene and the organization's place in...

Duration:00:31:53

City launches EMERGE business accelerator for African Americans

7/31/2018
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One of the City's primary stated goals is to address our community's longtime racial and class disparities, and while the strategies we use are as varied and complex as the problems themselves, one important approach is to help strengthen our local minority business community. What's our newest tool to tackle that problem? The EMERGE Business Accelerator for African Americans, a program designed to identify, prepare, empower and sustain African American entrepreneurs who desire to locate a...

Duration:00:28:59

A Spartanburg County Courthouse history tour

7/26/2018
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As Spartanburg gets ready to construct the seventh courthouse in our 229-year history, we're sitting down with Spartanburg County Public Library Assistant Director of Local History, Brad Steinecke to talk about the previous six. What did each say about the community it served? How can looking back at these foundational civic structures, perhaps the most public of all public buildings, inform us about where we ought to be going? Listen below to hear us ruminate on those questions and for...

Duration:00:44:15

A deep, nerdy dive into the City's Hospitality Tax

7/18/2018
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When we here in local government are looking for an indicator of how the economy in Spartanburg is doing, one of the first metrics we turn to is Hospitality Tax. The two percent tax paid on prepared food and beverages is an excellent barometer for consumer spending in our city and the growth seen in H-Tax revenue over the past several years has corresponded well with what is anecdotally pretty clear to anyone paying attention; our city's business community is strong and growing. Beyond what...

Duration:00:38:26

Panthers Play 60 course to open along Rail Trail, July 25

7/12/2018
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If you've found yourself on the Mary Black Foundation Rail Trail any time in the past year or so you've probably noticed a lot of work happening just past where the trail intersects with Forest Avenue. The Rail Yard, a seven-acre multi-use park fronting the trail, is starting to take shape, and the latest amenity is a first for South Carolina: the Panthers Play 60 obstacle course. The course—which is something like an NFL Scouting Combine combined with an American Ninja Warrior course—is set...

Duration:00:25:11

HUB-BUB Artists-in-Residence program relaunching through Chapman Cultural Center

6/27/2018
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If you've spent any significant amount of time in Downtown Spartanburg in the last decade, there's a pretty good chance that you've encountered work created by one of the 33 artists brought to Spartanburg through HUB-BUB's celebrated Artists-in-Residence program. Over the years, the program's artists have created lasting impacts that are both physical (like Sparkle City Mini Putt) and cultural. Now, through a merger last year with Chapman Cultural Center, the former HUB-BUB...

Duration:00:42:26

Tessa Fontaine talks 'The Electric Woman' and living in Spartanburg

6/20/2018
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We've interviewed a lot of people on the City Podcast. We've had business leaders, elected officials, nonprofit luminaries, artists of all kinds, and a rotating gaggle of bureaucrats so smart they could probably divide by zero if asked. What we haven't had is a local author with one of the hottest books in the country...but we've fixed that. Today on the podcast, we're talking with author and Spartanburg resident, Tessa Fontaine about her fantastic memoir The Electric Woman (glowing New York...

Duration:00:32:38

An overview of the upcoming City budget

6/13/2018
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Summer is here (not officially, but you know what we mean) and that means something very special for City Podcast regulars...it's time for the budget podcast. This week we've got Assistant City Manager Chris Story on to give us an overview of the most important ordinance City Council passes each year. The $40.8 million fiscal year 2018-2019 budget includes no tax or fee increases and shows four percent projected revenue growth, owing largely to growing in Hospitality Tax and Business License...

Duration:00:34:42