Spartanburg officials launch Inclusion Initiative

Inclusion Initiative in Spartanburg
Inclusion Initiative in Spartanburg

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) — A new initiative to help Spartanburg grow is underway.

Its focus is to include all walks of life, talent and various resources.

Although Spartanburg is bustling with construction projects, officials say they’re in the people business. Keeping and attracting talented people helps any community grow, and that’s just what local officials hope to do with a new initiative.

For Janneth Tamayo, owner of Mezcal, the restaurant is a labor of love. The sizzle and stir of fresh ingredients for Mexican food, draws customers to her new business.

“Spartanburg right now is growing it brought our attention to Downtown. There’s so much development going on, so much room for much more to come in. We just wanted to be a part of a town that’s growing,” Tamayo said.

While tapas are on the menu, new business is a recipe for success according to a new initiative announced by the city of Spartanburg and the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Inclusion Initiative aims to create a city that draws and retains talent.

“Those companies that might consider Spartanburg will look at the talent pool first and see what is available in the local market, knowing they don’t have to spend a lot of time training and recruiting themselves, they already have the infrastructure in place as far as people,” said Mitch Kennedy, director of Community Services for Spartanburg.

Initial efforts may be paying off.

Michael Posey and his wife relocated to Spartanburg for her job. The move from Asheville leaves them gravitating toward things like the Mary Black Rail Trail and other amenities.

“If they can just create an environment that’s got more entertainment, more restaurants more culture. That starts feeding the business and starts feeding the residential and it all starts feeding on its self,” Michael said.

The new initiative announced Tuesday lays out plans to get those who live and work in this community involved on a greater level.