· Greenville is the largest city in
the region and the geographic center of both
Greenville County which had a 2000 population
of 379,616 and the Metropolitan Statistical
Area (Greenville, Laurens and Pickens counties)
which had a 2000 population exceeding 559,000.
· Easy Interstate highway access via
I-385 and I-185, both of which connect Downtown
with the I-85 corridor three miles east, strategically
place the Downtown market midway between Atlanta
and Charlotte. Dubbed the I-85 "boombelt,"
this is one of the fastest growing areas of
· Downtown Greenville is served by
the Greenville Downtown Airport, a general
aviation facility that is the third busiest
airport in South Carolina. Greenville/Spartanburg
International Airport is an easy 10 miles
from the Central Business District.
The Downtown area is served by a number of
hotels including the Hyatt Regency with 24,000
square feet of convention space and 327 guestrooms.
The Westin Poinsett Hotel, which was recently
restored, provides an additional 208 luxury
rooms to Downtown in a stunning renovation
of this historic 1924 hotel. In addition downtown
is home to a Holiday Inn Express with 80 rooms.
· Virtually every major bank in the
Southeast maintains a presence in Downtown
Greenville with a number of banks maintaining
their South Carolina headquarters in the Central
· One of the country’s largest financial
firms, Ernst and Young, maintains its offices
in Downtown Greenville along with a number
of other national and regional headquarters
such as KPMG and Bowater
· Downtown is the legal, financial,
and governmental hub for the region.
· With over 2.5 million square feet
of multi-tenant office space, Downtown Greenville
accounts for over one-third of the total office
space in the Greenville/Spartanburg area.
Occupancy rates Downtown are healthy at 85%
overall and 90% for Class A space. Occupancy
rates are expected to increase as major renovation
projects are completed in older buildings
throughout the Central Business District.