Spartanburg joins Government Alliance on Race and Equity


Spartanburg joins 93 GARE cities in 32 states.   File photo

The Spartanburg City Council has unanimously voted to become the first city in South Carolina to join the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE). The city joins 93 cities in 32 states.

GARE is a national effort of different cities seeking to accelerate positive development on racial equity.

The decision to join GARE was made after USC Upstate Vice Chancellor for External Relations and Partnerships and Executive Director of the Metropolitan Studies Institute Dr. Kathleen Brady presented the Council a report on the Spartanburg Racial Equity Index. City Manager Chris Story explained to the Council what GARE is.  

“It’s going to require our continued active participation for a very long time in very hard ways to move this data in the direction we’d all like to see it go,” Story said. “To be honest, I think Spartanburg is working deeper on some stuff than the state on a lot of fronts. I think some of the efforts we’ve talked about tonight are as good as exists in South Carolina,”

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