Inman is a small, enterprising community located in the Upstate of South Carolina where, according to those folks who relocate here from around the world, the living is the finest to be found. That may sound like a bold claim, but it is true. The weather is temperate around the year and because Inman is located in the Isothermal Belt, we do not suffer the severities of nature. The Isothermal Belt is a phenomenon that results when uncomfortable weather conditions on the western side of the Appalachian Mountains literally blow over the mountains, leaving a 60-mile wide trough of seasonal tranquility for those residents who are fortunate enough to live there. Inman is one such area. We get to view and recreate in the mountains, yet not have to endure their winter harshness. The Isothermal area is one of the
nation’s favorite relocation spots according to AARP and AAA.
Greater Inman is within close, convenient proximity to the Spartanburg-Greenville-Asheville metroplex, yet distant enough to give its residents plenty of breathing, living and recreational room. Close by, Inman residents have access to Lake Bowen that affords water recreational sports and fishing. Just ‘down the road’ residents have access to other lakes which offer some of the best bass fishing in the world. Further down the road – not much though – there’s the Atlantic Ocean to the east; Atlanta to the south; Asheville to the north; to the west, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and, further, Nashville. Without a doubt, Inman is positioned ‘just right’. We’re connected by Interstate Rt 26, which runs north to south and Interstate Rt 85, running east-west.
If it’s higher education you’re looking for, well, how about nearby college campuses like, University of South Carolina-Upstate, Spartanburg Community College, Wofford University, Furman University, Spartanburg Methodist University, Greenville Technical College, Isothermal Community College, Bob Jones University, Converse College, Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic, Southern Wesleyan University, Strayer University, University of North Carolina-Asheville, and Clemson University, to name a few. Our high school and elementary school system is one of the best in South Carolina and our local high school, Chapman, ranks high in SAT-ACT scores as well as having one of the State’s best football teams and athletic programs.
The City of Inman is gifted with a unique layout that merges both business and residential community in a way that is unique in this age of urban spread. That is, the historic section of the city hosts its established businesses that are reminiscent of a time when cities actually had a comfortable, serene ‘main street’ atmosphere, while at the same time, close-by South Carolina Rt 176 offers all the modern convenience amenities one could desire. In many respects, the historic area of the City of Inman reminds one of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town”. Inman also offers both residents and visitors ample houses of spiritual worship.
Greater Inman hosts pharmacies, medical offices, the large food market chains – including a new Food Lion store, retirement communities, while at the same time, the City is actively engaged in an overall renovation of its historic storefronts. Greater Inman is a hotbed of antique outlets. Inman has DSL-Internet connectability in addition to cable and satellite dish television services. For Inman’s younger citizens, and their growing families, there are new outlying housing communities that will make anyone feel at home, and proud to live in the Greater Inman area. For retirees, there are nearby Social Security offices, many large-scale hospital facilities, including the major VA Healthcare facility at Asheville, along with VA satellite facilities at Greenville and a new one planned for Spartanburg. We have excellent,
in-town, firefighting and EMT facilities.
The Greater Inman Area Chamber of Commerce is an organization that is dedicated to fostering both commercial and organizational enterprise, while at the same time protecting and preserving our local flavor and history. The Norfolk Southern Railroad runs through the center of Inman and, in a very real way, serves as a reminder that the Greater Inman area is on the ‘right track’ to promote both social and commercial growth.
The Chamber invites you to join our organization and be a part of the community as it grows. We who live here, and do business here, have known for a long time that Greater Inman is a treasure continually in the making, and we invite everyone to come and discover us. The benefits of becoming a Chamber of Commerce member include:
- Business and community contacts
- Website linking of your business to the Chamber site
- Community and Internet visibility
- Interaction and support of local business owners and civic leadership
- Pride in knowing that you are helping to grow a Greater Inman
I invite you to take a few minutes to visit the links of our current Chamber members so as to get to know our local businesses and organizations.
Thank you for taking time from your busy schedule to visit the Greater Inman Area Chamber of Commerce site, and please do, plan a visit to our wonderful area and see and experience it yourself. Greater Inman is a great place to live, recreate, learn and to do business. If I can be of further service, please do not hesitate to give me a call, or drop me an e-mail and
Board of Directors President