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For immediate release                    Contact:     Kelly McWhorter
                                                      Greenwood Regional Tourism
                                                      And Visitors Bureau
                                                       864-953-2465
                                         kelly.mcwhorter@cityofgreenwoodsc.com

  Greenwood to host SC National Heritage Corridor Arts Symposium
                            May 12-13

Greenwood will serve as the host city for the first ever SC National Heritage Corridor Arts
Symposium May 12-13, 2012.

The Arts Symposium will be geared towards attracting artists, arts organizations and tourism
leaders through a theme, Arts Means Business. The conference will feature speakers on social
media, customer service, as well as panels on partnerships and collaborations and a special
session by the South Carolina Arts Commission. Keynote speaker Joe Veneto, “The
Opportunities Guy”, will speak to the group on developing quality experiences that attract
visitors. Between 150 -250 attendees are to be expected for the symposium.

“We are thrilled Greenwood was chosen to serve as the host for this Arts Symposium”, stated
Kelly McWhorter, Executive Director of the Greenwood Regional Tourism and Visitors Bureau.
“We hope that artists from other communities can take away some valuable information from the
symposium on how our arts community has collaborated and formed key partnerships to ensure
continued growth and success for our area.”

Elizabeth Harm, Development Director for the SC National Heritage Corridor commented, “The
Corridor is proud to have chosen Greenwood as the location for this inaugural opportunity for
artists and arts organizations of South Carolina. Greenwood is a shining example of a Heritage
Corridor community that understands the importance of the arts and is capitalizing on it as an
economic engine.”

Conference agenda, registration and additional information for the Arts Symposium will be
available on the Heritage Corridor’s website, www.sc-heritagecorridor.org on March 1st.

The Greenwood Regional Tourism and Visitors Bureau is an economic development organization
that improves the economy of Greenwood County and the region by increasing the number of
overnight visitors to the area and driving higher average daily spending of all travel parties.

The organization offers numerous services to meeting and event planners, including
complimentary visitor packets, assistance with site selection as well as fulfilling requests for
room rates for meetings, conferences, and sporting events. For more information, visit the
GRTVB website at www.visitgreenwoodsc.com, or email them at info@visitgreenwoodsc.com.

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Photo cutline: Elizabeth Harm, Development Director for the SC National Heritage Corridor,
discusses plans for the upcoming SC National Heritage Corridor Arts Symposium with Kelly
McWhorter, Executive Director for the Greenwood Regional Tourism and Visitors Bureau.

								
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