COGG takes a look back at its own history

By Curtis Wildfong • Last Updated 10:52 am on Friday, January 17, 2014

GREENVILLE — It’s been more than two decades since the founding of the Coalition of Greater Greenville (COGG), and the group Thursday sat down to look back at what the community has accomplished while looking forward at more future plans.

United Lifestyles Executive Director Jodie Faber, who directed the conversation, said COGG has had a significant impact on the Greenville community since its inception in 1993. It has helped, along with several partnering organizations, see a decrease in teen pregnancy while increasing graduation rates. Through its roundtable discussions it has helped keep businesses, Huntington Foam for example, in the area through collaboration among groups and organizations and addressed the need of a district library.

And the area has, overall, see a relative increase in businesses over the past couple decades.

“Greenville West has grown,” said Greenville City Manager George Bosanic. “Downtown has stayed at about a 10 to 12 percent vacancy, which is pretty stable, but Greenville West has grown.”

According to the U.S. Census, while the state as a whole saw a huge decline in population from 2000 to 2010, Greenville saw a slight increase — around 500 residents according to Bosanic.

“While the state is seeing people leave, we have actually been able to grow,” he said.

While they spent time looking back, COGG officials said it would like to piece together another strategic plan for what they hope can be accomplished in the community in the coming years.

Candy Kerschen, executive director of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, said the group will next month attempt to put together ideas for future goals.

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