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Leadership Golden Strip is a collaborative effort between the Fountain Inn, Greater Mauldin, and Simpsonville Area Chambers of Commerce. Members from the entire Golden Strip community are invited to apply for this dynamic program, designed to develop and retain a knowledgeable, engaged workforce.

Leadership Golden Strip opens doors for individuals with the desire and ability to shape the future of our vibrant communities. Through face-to-face meetings with city, county, and state leaders and on-site visits to local institutions, agencies, and organizations, participants explore the major issues and unique challenges facing the Golden Strip area.

Orientation 8-14-19 10
Art & History 10-9-19 22
Orientation 8-14-19 4

Leadership Golden Strip Class 2 has decided to contribute to the expansion of the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail into the Golden Strip communities!  With the Bridgeway Station development underway and the approved pedestrian bridge spanning I-385, we feel this is an amazing opportunity for our communities to enjoy the benefits of this invaluable amenity.  Please stay tuned for updates and contact Chris Ingle, Class Leader, for more information at (864) 498-3283 or

 All donations are made payable to the Simpsonville Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit, and are 100% tax-deductible.  Contact JR Humphries at       (864) 688-9553 or for more information on donating.

Conceptual renderings of the entryway and trail route of the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail on East Butler Road across from Mauldin High School.

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Proposed trail route in blue to connect to pedestrian bridge over I-385 to Bridgeway Station.

Conceptual rendering of the completed Bridgeway Station project with pedestrian bridge connecting Butler road across I-385

LGS Class 2 is made up of the following participants:

Brigid Benedict, Burroughs Elijah Elder Law Firm

Sara Carter, Greenville County Human Relations Commission/Financial Empowerment Center

Keri Driggers, Fountain Inn Chamber of Commerce

Heather Durbin, That Realty Group

Sara Findlay, Prisma Health/Hillcrest Hospital

JR Humphries, Simpsonville Area Chamber of Commerce

Chris Ingle, Envirocare Landscape Management

Joe Lanahan, Mauldin Recreation Department

Tamiko Lewis, Bundle of Joy Academy

Traci Newton, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System/Pelham Medical Center

Cristina Ortiz, State Farm Insurance

Lyle Parks, Parks Family Dental

Carol Ruppel, Prisma Health Family YMCA

Diane Thomas, Greenville Technical College/Brashier Campus

Blake Whitaker, Pinnacle Financial Partners

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