Greenville sits at the heart of the Upstate: the largest city in the fastest-growing region in South Carolina. Greenville has garnered a great deal of media attention in recent years, earning recognition as a hotspot for jobs, a bustling downtown area and main street, the #1 America micro-city of the future, and a top place to live in the United States.
Greenville is also a growing hub for international business investment. Since the creation of the Spartanburg BMW plant in the early 1990s, foreign companies have had a strong presence in the Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson area in the Upstate, with Germany leading the pack. Over the past two decades, Germany has invested some $14 billion in South Carolina businesses; one in five jobs in the state is directly or indirectly impacted by this investment.
Today, over 1,000 German companies operate in the southeastern United States, several in Greenville County. BMW continues to have a dominant presence in the region, while other active German-owned companies in Greenville include Bosch Rexroth Corporation, Hubtex, and Siemens Water Technology.
The growing presence of German companies in Upstate South Carolina provides a compelling reason to learn German in Greenville. Major international corporations place a high value on employees who speak the company’s mother tongue and are able to communicate effectively with colleagues in foreign offices. When you learn German in Greenville, you’ll boost your job prospects and raise your hiring potential with the German-operated businesses that have proven to be a significant force in the economy of the Carolinas.
For hiring managers or business executive in the region, the benefits of having employees learn German in Greenville cannot be overstated. By encouraging your employees to learn German and supporting them in their language study, you will add value to your business. In addition to empowering your team to communicate effectively with German-speaking coworkers or counterparts in critical industries, building foreign language skills can also enhance your team’s understanding of the cultural systems under which German businesses operate. In tandem, German language skills and knowledge of business etiquette will serve as an asset in collaboration, negotiation, and networking.
For those who are not presently seeking employment opportunities with foreign companies, it can still be a worthwhile endeavor to learn German in Greenville. Due in large part to the relocation of native employees to work on location in Greenville, there is a considerable German expatriate community in the area. Of Greenville’s 60,000+ residents, over 11% — or nearly 7,000 — report German as their primary ancestry. Chances are, you’ll encounter more and more German speakers in your neighborhood and in your children’s schools in the coming years. When you and your family learn German in Greenville, you’ll be preparing yourselves to take advantage of cultural opportunities in the area and to forge stronger connections with coworkers and neighbors who speak German. Plus, you’ll have a wide array of local tandem partners with whom you’ll be able to practice speaking in both organized and informal settings. The Greenville German Language Meetup Group is already over 200 members strong and hosts regular events and outings to explore the German culture and practice language skills with friendly peers at a variety of skill levels. (CORE is a proud sponsor of the group!)
The bottom line? If you’re looking to boost your career prospects in the area and enhance the quality of your connections with neighbors and acquaintances, it’s worth your while to learn German in Greenville. And if you’re a business leader seeking to capitalize on emerging opportunities in key markets in the southeastern U.S., it’s in your best interest for your employees to learn German in Greenville, too.
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