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Why Upstate South Carolina?

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AFL is proud to call the Upstate of South Carolina home. AFL’s headquarters and four of our manufacturing facilities are situated conveniently between Greenville and Spartanburg, SC. It is a truly beautiful area in the northwestern part of the state in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We enjoy four distinct seasons with relatively mild winters. Many visitors are pleasantly surprised with the many features of the area we call home.

We live here, so it would be easy to share more about what we think. We invite you to listen to what others are saying about the Upstate. 


Here is a sample on what people are saying about the Upstate., Downtown Greenville ranks third in the 2016 top 10 best downtowns.

Southern Living, Greenville recognized as one of the "South's Best College Towns."
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National Geographic, 2015: Greenville spotlighted in National Geographic’s ‘Best of the World’."
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CBS News/Peter Greenberg, 2015: Places Greenville, SC on the list for "Hot Destinations in 2015."

Livability, 2015: Ranks Greenville, SC as No. 4 for "Top 10 Best Downtowns."

fDi Intelligence, 2015: Ranks Greenville, SC as No. 1 for "Micro American Cities of the Future 2015/16" for 'overall' and 'economic potential.'

The Culture Trip, 2015: Greenville, SC named in "The 10 Most Beautiful Towns in South Carolina."
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Fodor's Travel, 2015: Greenville, SC Swamp Rabbit Trail is considered one of "America's Best Urban Bike Paths."
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MSN Travel, 2015: Greenville, SC is named one of the "10 Places in the US you absolutely HAVE to visit this year."
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Gallup, 2015: Greenville, SC was named the No. 2 Metro US Area with the strongest sense of Community Pride.
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Livability, 2015: Greenville, SC is considered one of the"Best Places to Live in 2015."
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Outside Magazine, 2015: Greenville, SC is named one of the "Best Towns Ever."
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USA Today, 2015: Greenville, SC is named one of the "10 Best Parks that have helped revive their cities."
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Site Selection, 2015: Spartanburg, SC is one of the "Top US Economic Development Groups."
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WYFF4, May 2014: Ben Stein, "I am just in love with Greenville (SC)."
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Trip Advisor, 2014: Ranked Falls Park in Greenville, SC No. 10 in America for "Top 25 Parks in the U.S."

Forbes, September 2013: Ranked Greenville, SC No. 2 in America for "The Best Cities For Jobs This Fall."

Southern Living, February 2013: Ranked Greenville, SC as one of the “Top 10 Tastiest Towns 2013."

Maxim, January 2013: Ranked Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria in Greenville, SC No. 4 in America for “The Ten Best Restaurants (To Get Great Beer).”

O Magazine, December 2012: Oprah Magazine Associate Editor Katie Arnold-Ratliff named Greenville, SC as her “Favorite Unexpected Vacation Destination.”

Travel & Leisure, May 2012: Named Greenville, SC as having one of “America’s Greatest Main Streets.”
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CNN Money, April 2012: Ranked Greenville, SC as one of the “10 fastest growing U.S. cities.”
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Forbes, March 2012: “Greenville, SC Area Ranked As Brightest Spring Job Forecast In Country”

fDi Magazine, 2011/2012: Ranks Greenville, SC as No. 1 overall American city of the future, No. 2 in economic potential and No. 3 foreign direct investment strategy.

Forbes, October 2011: “Ranks Greenville, SC as one of the 10 best towns highlighting its aggressive renewal effort.”, August 2011: Puts Greenville in the “Top 10 Places to Live” in America for 2011, due to its thriving entrepreneurial community, variety of manufacturing, business investment and vibrant downtown.

Bloomberg Businessweek, August 2011: Ranks Greenville, SC No. 5 in America’s Most Fun, Affordable Cities.

Forbes, July 2011: Ranks Greenville as one of the top 15 cities for young people due to its strong projected employment growth rate and a low cost of living.Wine + Dine Magazine, September 2011: Says Upstate is a “culinary hot spot.”

National Public Radio, July 2011: Explains how Falls Park and good fundamentals help Greenville survive the recession.

American Water Works Association, June 2011: Greenville Water System wins the annual “Best of the Best” Water Taste Test.

U.S. DOT, Federal Highway Administration, Public Road, May/June 2011: Spotlights the impact of the Liberty Bridge on the rebirth of Greenville.

Southwest Airlines Spirit Magazine, May 2011: Southwest’s on-board magazine’s seven article feature on the Upstate covers business, industry and quality of life.

The Washington Post Lifestyle, April 2011: “The Impulsive Traveler: Picture-perfect Greenville, SC” is an enthusiastic look at the city describing Greenville as “an engrossing city.”

Men’s Journal, April 2011: Chooses Greenville as one of the Best Places to Live in the U.S. “where conservation is more important than development; bike makers, breweries and farmers thrive.”

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