Community Development

The Community Development Division is committed to improving the quality of life for low and moderate income residents by facilitating meaningful programs that address the root causes of poverty and involving all community stakeholders in the development and implementation of programs and projects.

The Community Development Division solicits and encourages diverse, comprehensive community input during the needs assessment, development, implementation and evaluation stages of each project or program.

Financial Empowerment Centers 

Financial empowerment counselors are now available in satellite offices throughout Greenville County to assist residents with financial goals such as debt reduction, savings plans, credit building and setting up checking/savings accounts. This service delivers free one-on-one counseling at each satellite location. For more information visit

Celebrate this new service in the city of Greenville at one of the following ribbon cutting ceremonies: 

2/25/19 | 1:30 p.m.

Sterling Hope Center

709 Dunbar St. 

2/28/19 | 3 p.m.

Hughes Main Library 

25 Heritage Green Pl. 

Neighborhood Empowerment Workshop: Heirs, Wills & Property

This free workshop will explore legal issues related to heirs, wills and property. Discussion topics will include: 

  • The importance of a will
  • How to properly execute a will
  • What happens if you don’t have a will
  • The probate process

A light meal will be provided. For more information, please call 864-467-4570.

2/28/19 | 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Fountain Inn Activities Center

610 Fairview Street, Fountain Inn

3/6/19 | Noon – 2 p.m.

Nicholtown Community Center   

112 Rebecca Street, Greenville

3/20/19 | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Taylor’s First Baptist        

200 W. Main Street, Taylors

3/25/19 | 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Sterling Community Center    

113 Minus Street, Greenville

4/3/19 | Noon – 2 p.m.

Traveler’s Rest City Hall        

125 Trailblazer Drive, Travelers Rest

4/6/19 | Time TBA

Long Branch Baptist Church

28 Bolt Street, Greenville

Opportunity Zones 

Opportunity Zones are a new community development program established by Congress as a part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, they are designed to encourage long-term private investments in low-income communities. This program provides a federal tax incentive for taxpayers who reinvest unrealized capital gains into "Opportunity Funds," which are specialized vehicles dedicated to investing in low-income areas called "Opportunity Zones."

More about Opportunity Zones in the City of Greenville.