Global South Metro Exchange


The Global South Metro Exchange was held in Greenville on Thursday, July 21.

Presented by JP Morgan Chase & Co. and held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Greenville, this event brought together business leaders from Greenville, Charleston, Charlotte and Atlanta in an effort to set a new tone for regional collaboration.

“Collaboration is the new competition, this is the theme today,” says John Lummus, president and CEO of Upstate SC Alliance. “Collaborative spirits resonate louder than city, county and state boundaries.”

Attended by a crowd of 250 leaders from South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia, the Global South Metro Exchange featured speakers and presenters talking about globalization and the necessity of regional collaboration to build the Southeast into a force in the global market.

“The story of downtown Greenville is collaboration,” says Mayor Knox White, during a panel on how cities fit into the global conversation.

Even as far back as the 1950s, Greenville and the Southeast have been on the global radar because of the attention brought to the textile industry, through Spartanburg, according to White.

“Behind all the numbers, are relationships built with people,” says White.

Keynote speaker and managing director & head economist for commercial banking at JP Morgan Chase, Jim Glassman gave a positive outlook on the economy and a real look at the benefits to globalization and trade agreements.

“The perception may be gloomy but the reality based on facts isn’t,” says Glassman. “I don’t care about perception, I care about facts on the ground.”

For more info about the Upstate SC Alliance, click here.