The Stories of the Upstate™ #239: (Allen Smith) "In 5th grade, I was Elvis."

Our 239th story,  a GSA Business Report Q&A. comes from the President and CEO of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce.

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The Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce is unique in South Carolina.  The President and CEO, Allen Smith tells us that Spartanburg's Chamber of Commerce is the only Chamber in the entire state that houses county wide economic development, county wide tourism promotion and the county chamber.  For Allen, the mission of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce is to be an agent of change in the lives of the people of the Spartanburg community.  Allen highlights one thing that the Chamber has done to illustrate both their uniqueness and their being an agent of change: the Hub City Farmers Market.  Unlike most communities, the Hub City Farmers Market is not located in the glitzy Main St area.  The Chamber located the Hub City Farmers Market in the most blighted, poverty stricken area of town because it was deemed a food desert, an area where people did not have access to fresh fruits and vegetables.  

                     To learn more about the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce, click here.