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Mayor Knox White to speak on campus Feb. 22

Knox White, mayor of the City of Greenville since 1995, will speak on the Furman University campus Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. in Watkins Room of the Trone Student Center.

The talk, “Reimagining Greenville: A Discussion with Mayor Knox White,” is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by Furman’s Community Engagement Initiative as well as numerous Furman institutes and academic departments. The event is part of Furman’s Cultural Life Program.

Mayor White will discuss why Greenville’s downtown is widely recognized as one of the best in America, earning praise from sources including Chicago Tribune, Travel and Leisure, National Geographic, and “Oprah.” The achievement is a credit to the community that banded together to build something special from a once declining city center.

White will discuss the story of the deliberate effort by city and community leaders to develop successful, long lasting public-private partnerships and a vibrant community. White will detail the toil and tribulations that produced the world-class city we know as Greenville.

The discussion will address Greenville’s growth, development and evolving culture, providing important context about Greenville’s past, present and future. Furman president Elizabeth Davis will introduce the mayor. Furman professor of Communication Studies Brandon Inabinet will moderate the discussion.

For more information, contact Hannah Wheeler, Co-coordinator, Community Engagement Initiative, 864-294-2167 or hannah.wheeler@furman.edu.  Or contact the Furman News and Media Relations office at 864-294-3107.

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