District Receives Prestigious Diversity Award

Spartanburg School District Seven was recognized as the 2016 Organization of the Year for Diversity and Inclusion by the Minority Economic Development Institute (MED) during the10th anniversary celebration ceremony that took place Thursday September 15, 2016 at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, SC. Ten years ago, the Minority Economic Development Institute, Inc., launched a vision and mission to improve the growth and development of minority-owned businesses throughout the Upstate. Mr. Maxwell Allen, Chief of Staff Office of the President, Clemson University, headlined Thursday nights’ Achievement Award Ceremony.
The MED board was particularly impressed with the District 7 School Board’s emphasis on involving minority business in its capital improvement projects. Mr. S. T. Peden, Chairman and CEO of the Minority Economic Development Institute said, “It takes an intentional top–down focus to be sure minority owned businesses are solicited and involved in large projects such as the one currently underway in Spartanburg School District 7. Thanks to the leadership of the District 7 School Board, minority and women owned businesses in Spartanburg and Greenville will be actively recruited to support the construction of the District’s new schools.”
The purpose of the MEB is to maximize the collective capability to positively impact the growth, development and success of minority firms in the upstate. The objectives are to systematically support more minority businesses and produce better outcomes in the areas of economic development, minority business growth, job creation and wealth creation.

Caption: Sandra Grubbs, Director of Finance, Russell Booker, Superintendent, Brandi Gist, Senior Accountant

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