During Knox White’s time as mayor of Greenville, he pushed for the Camperdown Bridge to be removed and Falls Park, including the city’s signature Liberty Bridge, to be built.
He pushed for a downtown baseball stadium. He supported the development of the Swamp Rabbit Trail.
All those projects and more have helped turn Greenville into a tourist destination.
White’s efforts were recognized this month when he received the Fred Brinkman Award, which is given periodically to South Carolinians who have made an outstanding, long-term contribution to the tourism industry on a local, regional and statewide level.
White received the award at the South Carolina Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Travel in Columbia this week.
Named for its first recipient, Fred P. Brinkman, the longest-serving director of the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism, the award was created by the South Carolina Travel and Tourism Coalition to recognize lifetime achievement in the state’s tourism industry. The awards committee is traditionally comprised of past award recipients and individuals appointed by the South Carolina Travel and Tourism Coalition Chair.
White was honored for his vision, leadership and role in transforming Greenville into a nationally-recognized, award-winning destination over the past two decades, according to a press release. The committee recognized White’s ability to identify what is authentically Greenville and his commitment to creating a vibrant, inclusive city for everyone.
“Our residents come first, and rather than creating attractions, we have spent the past 20+ years creating a place where people love to live,” White said in the releas. “All of the things that make Greenville a great city to visit have been carefully envisioned and planned for the people who call Greenville home.”