Conclusion of 2017 Kortrijk to Greenville Sister Cities Trip!



4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Welcome Committee -- at Greenville, Charlotte and Atlanta airports. Transportation to the renowned Westin Poinsett Hotel in downtown Greenville

7 p.m.

Informal Welcome Dinner and Local Craft Beer Tasting at The Growler Haus.


8 a.m.

Economic Development
Presentation by the Greenville Chamber of Commerce
Presentation by the Greenville Area Development Corporation
Presentation by the Upstate SC Alliance
Presentation by Upstate International

10 a.m.

Greenville Transformation
Presentation on Greenville's transformation over the years
Presentation on "Vision 2025" by Greenville Forward
Presentation by MyMachine

Choose from either

Rotary Luncheon
Presentation on Kortrijk and its unique approach to citizen outreach.
Followed by Company Visit to Orian Rugs

Roper Mountain Science Center (RMSC)
Tour of the RMSC
Presentation on research programs at KULAK, Vives and Howest universities.

Followed by 
Visit to Furman University for discussions on educational exchange and collaboration opportunities

7 p.m.

VIP Reception & Dinner
Enjoy an elegant evening  with Greenville and South Carolina leaders in one of the city’s most beautiful venues, attended by:
The Consul General for Belgium, Mr. William de Baets
South Carolina State Representatives
Leadership from the World Affairs Councils of America
Flanders Investment & Trade Representatives

Kortrijk to Greenville
“Business and Creativity” Sister Cities Trip
Tuesday, May 9 – Saturday, May 13, 2017
Tentative Program


​​​​FRIDAY, May 12

8 a.m.

WWI Commemoration honoring the service at the Battle of the Somme near Ypres of soldiers from Belgium and the 30th Infantry Division from Camp Sevier in Greenville.
Simultaneous, broadcasted commemoration event in Greenville/USA and Kortrijk/Ypres/Belgium (in development). 

10:30 a.m.

Tour and Presentation of NEXT Innovation Center

Presentation on The Iron Yard, a coding school & startup accelerator
Presentation by SCAN & UCAN Angel Networks
Presentation on DesignRegio Kortrijk
Presentation on Howest Digital Arts & Entertainment

Presentation on Howest Industrial Product Design


Artisphere Arts Festival
Open Studios Retrospective at the Metropolitan Arts Council (MAC)
Artist Booths
Clemson Steam Exhibit
Wine & Craft Experience
Tasting Tent
Culinary Arts Café

7 p.m. 
Aloft W XYZ Bar

Closing Reception, with heavy hors d'oeuvres
Reflections on "Kortrijk-Greenville Ties & Collaboration"
Departing Speeches & Gift exchange



8 a.m.

Welcome Breakfast at City Hall

Review of Program and Practical Arrangements

Presentation on Kortrijk and West Flanders

10:30 a.m.
Presentation by VisitGreenvilleSC

Greenville City Tour

City Tour Focused on Tourism and Urban Development

(Box Lunch)

Fine Arts Center Facility Tour 

Presentation of Fiber Arts Program

Presentation on "Design with Flexible Materials" at Howest University

2 p.m.

Tour and Presentation of Greenville Technical College's  Center for Manufacturing Innovation (CMI)  (Pictured)

Presentation on Open Makerspace BUDA:lab

Presentation on the Vives Makerspace

4 p.m.

Tour and Presentation of Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR)

Presentation on "Deep Orange"

Presentation on the Howest Industrial Design Center

Presentation on the Vives' Automotive Management program


6 p.m. 

Return to Hotel

7 p.m.

Belgian Beer Dinner at The Trappe Door - Celebrate our Sister City relationship in a friendly, relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere at Greenville's finest Belgian restaurant!


Enjoy downtown Greenville
Brewery visit
Upcountry History Museum visit
Children's Museum of the Upstate visit
Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery visit
Bike riding  on the Swamp Rabbit Trail
Follow-up conversations

Departures to respective airports, and ...