Former County Administrator named Executive Vice President of the Economic Futures Group
O’Neill has been named the Executive Vice President of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Futures
Group. O’Neill will replace Carter Smith who announced his retirement earlier this year yet remains with the organization
as the part-time Director of Special Projects.
Currently the Chief Operations Officer of The Palladian
Group, O’Neill brings three decades of executive, human resources, economic development, and leadership experience to
the Spartanburg Chamber and Economic Futures Group teams.
From 2012 to 2018, O’Neill served
as the Spartanburg County Administrator. During her tenure, she was responsible for a budget in excess of $200 million. While
in this role, O’Neill facilitated negotiations for more than $5 billion in new economic development announcements including
the recruitment and expansion of multiple international and domestic companies such as Toray, Keurig-Dr. Pepper, BMW, Auriga,
Michelin, Albis Plastics, Plastic Omnium, Ritrama and Kobelco.
David Britt, Economic Development
Committee Chair, Spartanburg County Council said, “Spartanburg has already benefitted immensely from Katherine’s
leadership. I can’t think of a more capable and proven leader to take our efforts to the next level and bring more jobs
and economic opportunity to the people of Spartanburg.”
City of Spartanburg Mayor,
Junie White, said, “Katherine understands the importance of the county’s largest city and will bring a unique
and beneficial perspective to the position. While serving as County Administrator, she was a key ally, and we know, under
her leadership, the relationship between the Chamber, EFG and City will grow to a new level.”
2012, Katherine’s leadership has guided almost every economic development announcement in Spartanburg County. She has
established local, state and national relationships in the public and private sector which will serve us well, as we work
with our partners to strengthen our reputation as a national leader in manufacturing and broaden our scope to capitalize on
white collar recruitment opportunities,” said Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce & Economic Futures Group President
and CEO Allen Smith.
O’Neill said, “Economic wins happen in dynamic communities with
stakeholders who work closely together. With the strength of our public and private partnerships, our success will continue.
I look forward to collaborating with all of our allies, investors and staff to continue the momentum.”
Before coming to Spartanburg County, O’Neill was with Lexington County for 16 years. For six of those years,
she served as the County Administrator and helped recruit Amazon, Nephron, and Home Depot’s distribution center.
Additionally, she was instrumental in facilitating the relocation of SCANA headquarters from Columbia to Lexington County.
O’Neill also assisted with Michelin, Nucor, US Foods and Prysmian expansions.
of Spartanburg awards 21 mini-grants to Spartanburg County educators
The Junior League of Spartanburg
awarded 25 teachers across Spartanburg County mini-grants through its Mini-Grants for Teachers program.
The Junior League of Spartanburg’s grant program is dedicated to supporting projects that teachers develop
for their classrooms and to further enrich and enhance the schools' curricula.
For the current
2019-2020 school year, JLS was able to fund over $14,700 in grants.
Michelle Davidson Johnson, DR Hill: “Testing Headsets’
Holly Jones, Middle
School of Pacolet: “A Ticket to DC”
Corrina Gibbs, Jesse Boyd Elementary: “Hurry
Mom, I don’t want to be late!”
Stella Bailey, Dawkins Middle School: “Mapping
the World by Heart”
Amber Weiss, Pauline-Glenn Springs Elementary: “Seeing is believing
Janice Baker, Middle School of Pacolet: “Battle of the Books”
Donna Wright, Boiling Springs Elementary: “#Processing…It’s not just one big thing, it’s
a million little things”
Katie Atkins, Boiling Springs Elementary: “Book Repair”
Allison Dupler, Chesnee Elementary: “Leading into Literacy”
Shoally Creek Elementary: “Learning Through Manipulatives”
Anna Brown, Roebuck Elementary:
“Stations for Success”
Elizabeth Thacker-Kinley, Fairforest Middle: “Reading
Resi McKenzie, Highpoint Academy: “Flexible Seating”
Allison Cooke, Chesnee Elementary: “Teaching with Terrific Technology Tools”
Horan, Duncan Elementary: “Break out EDU boxes”
Rhetta West, Campobello-Gramling:
Jamie Hubbard, Fairforest Middle: “Peace and Calm”
Andrea Shaw, Jesse Boyd Elementary: “Peace and Calm”
Sarah Kate Higgins,
Fairforest Middle: “Manipulatives to Mastery”
Christine Chapman, Spartanburg Day School: “Changing lives one book at a time”
Karen Trout, Inman Elementary: “A Little Piece of Heaven – My Safe Place”
Adderly, Holly Springs-Motlow Elementary: “The Arts at Biltmore”
Holly Switzer, New
Prospect Elementary: “reFLEX our math muscles”
Kim Skinner, Holly Springs-Motlow Elementary:
“Oh snap, writing is on my lap!”
Shannon Bishop, Roebuck Elementary: “Paws-itively
Thomas C. Turner, Furman University class of 1951
Alumnus leaves nearly $5 million, supports academic scholarships
Furman University has
received nearly $5 million from the estate of Furman alumnus Thomas C. Turner (1930-2018), class of 1951, to expand support
of academic scholarships.
The gift is designated for the Eleanor B. Turner Scholarship, established
by Thomas Turner in 1995 in honor of his sister, and the Thomas C. Turner Scholarship Fund, an endowment he created in 1996.
The bequest was completed in June.
Both scholarships are awarded to Furman students who “demonstrate
a financial need, exemplify high moral character and show academic promise.” Already, 12 Furman students have benefited
from the original Eleanor B. Turner Scholarship.
“Dr. Turner was a man of vision whose academic
influence impacted the field of accounting in general and in the Carolinas especially,” said Furman President Elizabeth
Davis. “We are very proud to call him an alumnus and grateful for the legacy of generosity to his alma mater that will
continue to help Furman students for many years to come.”
After earning a mathematics degree
from Furman in 1951, Turner volunteered for military service and attended Army Officer Candidate School, an experience that
would later shape his decision to become a college accounting professor.
He received a commission
as a lieutenant in field artillery and went to Korea at age 23, earning the Purple Heart for injuries he sustained in combat.
After the war, Turner spent 10 years in the accounting industry at a Charlotte-based firm. In 1966, with only four
students, he started the first principles of accounting class at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. In 2016, the
program was named the Turner School of Accountancy at UNC Charlotte’s Belk College of Business, one of the largest and
most respected accounting programs in North Carolina.
Turner, known as “the father of accounting”
at UNC Charlotte, retired from teaching in 1991 after serving 20 years as chair of the program and nearly 30 years overall
at the Belk College. Turner said of his tenure, “My goal was to turn out outstanding graduates.” He died last
year at the age of 88.
For more information about the scholarships, contact John Kemp in the Furman
Office of Development at 864-294-3717, and email@example.com.
Chapman Cultural Center awards ‘19-’20
Second Quarter Community Grants
Chapman Cultural Center is committed to broadening and strengthening
Spartanburg's Cultural community. Because of this commitment, a major part of the work they do is centered around funding
Spartanburg's arts and cultural community.
One of Chapman Cultural Center's major funding
opportunities comes in the form of the quarterly Community Grants Program. The Community Grants Program awards up to $5,000
per application and is open to both individual artists and non-profits/government agencies.
following artist and Community Organizations were awarded a Community Grant for the second quarter, 2019-2020, grants cycle:
Charles Lea Center
Charles Lea Center will use its $1,000 grant
to pay local group Bill and Tad’s Excellent Duo to play at its signature annual Road Rally fundraiser. This year the
theme is Ghost Stories, and they expect 20 teams to participate in the rally with about 200 people attending the dinner afterward.
All funds raised from the event will benefit the Charles Lea Center.
Spartanburg Festival Chorus will use their $1,500 grant for the All-Beethoven Concert
they are planning in order to celebrate the anniversary of Beethoven’s 250th birthday. The chorus is based at Converse
College and the concert will take place on November 14th at Twichell Auditorium.
Terrace Tenants Association
Spartanburg Terrace Tenant Association will use their $2,000 grant
for their 40th annual talent show, An Evening of Talent Expressions. This is a showcase of local and regional talent, of all
ages, in the performing arts. Prizes are awarded to the top 6 performers overall, as well as 1st place prizes for comedy,
dance, drama, vocals, and music. The goals are to nurture the performer’s interest in the arts and to showcase local
talent. The event will be held at the CCC on November 23.