Spartanburg, SC - USC - July 9-12, 2020
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GPUS Annual National Meeting Proposal
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Host StateSouth Carolina
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Host LocalSCGP/ Upstate SC Greens
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Main contact personJessica Lazenby
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Contact Role/TitleSCGP Co-Chair, Upstate SC Greens Secretary
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Contact Phone number864-630-7536
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Contact emailjalazenby27@gmail.com
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Secondary contact personGregg Jocoy
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2nd Role/TitleSCGP Steering Committee, Upstate SC Greens Co-Chair
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2nd Phone number803-984-5414
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2nd emailGreggJocoy@yahoo.com
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1.Basic Location
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a.Name of SiteUniversity of South Carolina Upstate (USC Upstate)
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b.Location (City)Spartanburg, SC
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c.Site URLhttps://www.uscupstate.edu/
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d.Available datesJuly 9-12, 2020
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e.CapacityUp to up to 1500 in arena. 300 double occupancy sleeping in dormitories. The Humanities and Performing Arts Center features a 450-seat theater.
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f.Internet access? Describe in detailYes. Free high speed wireless connectivity is available across the campus.
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g.Unionized?No
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h.Organic Pest Control? Both organic and synthetic
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3.Transportation (to and from your site as well as options while in your city/location)
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Spartanburg is served by Greenville/Spartanburg Airport (GSP), a 25 minute drive to USC Upstate campus. GSP Airport has over 100 total daily non stop arrivals and departures, 1-stop connection to over 200 cities worldwide; and American Airlines, Delta, Southwest, United Airlines, Frontier, and Allegiant Air all fly into and out of GSP. The airport offers several rental car company options, and Uber, Lyft, and taxi companies to help those not renting a car transport to and from the airport, as well as to travel to any destination in town. Columbia, S.C.; Asheville, N.C.; and Charlotte, N.C. airports are all within a 90 minute drive as well. AMTRAK serves Spartanburg with a downtown depot. Located at 290 Magnolia Street, the station features an indoor waiting area as well as being fully accessible with a railroad museum adjacent. Greyhound serves Spartanburg via their bus stop at 100 North Liberty Street in downtown Spartanburg. Tickets must be purchased online for Greyhound services. Those driving to our city will have ample free parking available at the conference site. Once delegates arrive at USC Upstate they will find all venues within easy walking distance. Campus services for those with limited mobility will be available, including golf carts if needed. USC Upstate offers dormitories, a cafeteria, and event meeting space all in one walkable location. The university regularly provides shuttle service from their main campus to their downtown Spartanburg campus location during the academic school year. If requested, arrangements can be made to offer this service during the convention to transport attendees to and from the downtown Spartanburg campus. Restaurants, shops,attractions, and microbreweries are within a short walking distance of the USC Downtown campus. City bus service is also available to downtown and surrounding areas from the main campus. The Spartanburg mass transit system is linked here: http://www.cityofspartanburg.org/sparta
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4.Description of Meeting Space
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All meeting spaces will be close to one another, and close to dorms and within a short drive of local motels for those who chose to stay off-campus. The University of South Carolina Upstate is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, between Atlanta, GA and Charlotte, NC. Among the fastest-growing, baccalaureate-granting institutions in the nation, USC Upstate is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as #2 among Southern Regional Public Colleges. For the eighth year in a row, USC Upstate has been named a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation,for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship. The beautiful 330 acre campus has several spaces that can accommodate the Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention.The Humanities and Performing Arts Center Theater and the Campus Life Center Ballroom can both accommodate 400. The Hodge Arena can accommodate up to 1,500 and will be used for the Presidential Nominating Convention. The University can arrange for up to ten breakout/small group session rooms. An ETV studio is also located on the campus and can be made available, if required.
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5.Description of Lodging Options
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Housing in the residence halls ($35 twin extra long double occupancy with shared bath/$40 single dormitory per day + $15/person for bed and bath linens per person, up to 90, washcloths not included. Anything over 90 must be brought with us.) are available. Spartanburg boasts several popular hotel chains, all within a 10 minute drive from the main campus. The Spartanburg Marriott Hotel, A.C. Hotel by Marriott, Days Inn, Comfort Inn & Suites, Best Western Plus, Residence Inn by Marriott, and Holiday Inn Express are all within a ten minute drive of the USC Upstate campus. Croft State Park is a 25 minute drive, with Cunningham RV Park a 10 minute drive and Pine Ridge campground a 20 minute drive away.
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6.Description of Food and Meal Options
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There are numerous restaurants and microbreweries in the downtown/east-side/west-side/Boiling Springs area of Spartanburg County, within a 5-10 minute drive from campus, including highly rated locally owned favorites, and several popular sit-down and fast food chain restaurants. While on campus, attendees can partake of the university's all-you-can-eat cafeteria for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Cost per meal is $7 for lunch and dinner. All food preferences/needs will be met. Alcohol can be served on the campus with a permit which the University can issue to us.  A comprehensive food guide will be distributed to each attendee. Additionally, Sodexo is the contracted caterer for the University and can provide meals and snacks throughout the convention and for any private meetings that may be scheduled. 
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7.Commitment of State & Local Parties
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A committee of four Upstate SC Greens have coalesced to lead this effort. Over the next few months we will bring a few more people into the project. Two of us will serve on the ANMC and at least one of us will work with the webmaster to set up and maintain a website to promote the PNC. As the event grows closer we expect to call on Greens in NC and GA to help promote the turn-out, and on the days of the PNC we expect to put 20 people to work on any given day as needed to guarantee smooth workings.It should be noted that the host site, USC Upstate, has told us that they are there to assist us in accomplishing our goals. They want to host this event, and they are dedicated to us having a very successful event.
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8.Other Green Considerations both to the party and to our values
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Ballot qualified since 2002, the South Carolina Green Party has consistently run candidates for offices as diverse as Sec. of Agriculture to Town Council to State Legislature to Soil and Water District commission, and has two elected officials to show for it. The party has suffered some recent setbacks with the shooting death of one of the rocks of the Charleston Green Party while he was in New Orleans. But, our state is all too familiar with these sorts of losses. The state's other two established chapters, Upstate and Midlands, continue to carry on promoting both issues and candidates as we face tough challenges ahead. Our local news stations, WYFF, WSPA, and FOX Carolina give broad and fair coverage to local political events, and would likely be interested in covering our event, and SCETV has a facility on campus. The Spartanburg newspaper has offered coverage of Green Party candidates in the past and other media outlets in the state will also be well within reach of our outreach efforts. Our steadfastness and dedication to both campaigns and education has earned us the respect of peers and media in the area. Hosting the PNC should help us build on this foundation. For our out-of-state visitors we are a short distance from Atlanta and Charlotte, two of the South's most dynamic cities. We are but an hour from Asheville NC, and all the wonders of the Western North Carolina mountains, and 4 hours from Myrtle Beach, and the immediate area around Spartanburg features a wide array of cultural and outdoor activities. Spartanburg hosts two cooperatives, the West Main Street Artist's Coop and the Hub City Writer's Group Bookstore. The city itself is about 48% black, 45% white and about 4% Latinx. We intend to secure the services of a professional comic to host the events, and enlist the support of a wide array of local professionals to keep us entertained. Several venues are available on the campus for fundraising events.
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9.Budget Implications
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a.Approx cost of meeting space$17,000.00
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b.$40-$55 a day depending on occupancy
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c.All meals served cafeteria style, all you care to eat. All dietary needs can be accomodated. Lunch and dinner are $7 each. No minimum, no tickets.
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e.Average Registration Cost$112
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10. Additional Supporting Documents and LinksApproval of local and state parties
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LocalUpstate SC Greens
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StateSouth Carolina Green Party
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