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Take free York County tour on community development

Those in the Greenville, South Carolina area interested in community and downtown development and building environment amenities to get people more physically active should take advantage of an educational field trip to York County offered by Upstate Forever, in partnership with Greenville County Parks, Recreation and Tourism, on Wednesday September 24, 2014. This is a free event with lunch included, but reservations are required as space is limited.

Participants will tour Baxter Village, an example of one of the best mixed-use projects in a model Traditional Neighborhood Development in the area. The development of the community and how it flourished during the Great Recession will be explained by Dan Mummey, Director of Residential and Commercial Construction with Clear Springs Development Company.

Other places like the traditional downtown in Fort Mill, Anne Springs Close Greenway, and Rock Hill's Riverwalk will be discussed by Fort Mill and York County hosts and local experts. How these communities were built to promote physical activity like walking and bicycling as part of daily routines will be shared, with a focus on critical policies and partnerships.

Departure times for the York County, SC: Successful Communities and How They Get Built field trip will be from Taylors in Greenville County at 8 a.m. with return at 5 p.m to the same location. Departure from Spartanburg County will be at 8:30 a.m. and return there about 4:30 p.m.

RSVP for reservations by emailing Sherry Barrett at or telephoning her at the Spartanburg Office at 864.327.0090 Ext. 101.

Information shared from the experiences of these experts who have created successful models can be used to help build the Greenville, South Carolina area more green at the community level. Upstate Forever's vision for the Upstate is "to be an environmentally and economically prosperous region, with a high quality of life for all." Their mission is "to promote sensible growth and protect special places in the Upstate region of South Carolina." Information on joining them in this mission is available on the Upstate Forever website.

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