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Welcome to the City of Inman, South Carolina

Small Town. Big Heart.

Located in the foothills of the Upstate, Inman is a growing community with small-town charm. Attractive neighborhoods, a historic downtown, great schools, and a perfect location—these are just a few of the qualities that make Inman a great place to live and work.

Come join us at one of our many events! Every year on the last Saturday in September, our annual Harvest Day draws thousands of visitors for food, music, and festivities. And our summer concert series in the historic downtown is always a treat on Friday nights.

So whether you're a resident, a business owner, or a visitor thinking of making Inman your home, we are here to provide you with outstanding municipal services - a vital part of any great community's quality of life.

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Light Up Inman

Light Up Inman & Holiday Parade


December 2, 2023


Light Up Inman is a city tradition to begin the holiday season. We start with our parade, usually over 60 entries, then the tree lighting, and end with a festival with food, music, and entertainment.


Event Date:
December 2, 2023 (rain date of Dec. 3)

Event Time:
Parade begins @ 5:00pm, Light Up Inman for follow @ approx. 6:30pm.

Set Up:
2:00pm (all cars off the streets at this time)


Join the Parade!

Application due by Monday, November 27th at 5:00 pm.

Download the Christmas Parade Application (pdf)

Light Up Inman Sponsorship Opportunities

Download the Sponsorship Application (pdf)

Letter of Notice-Special Event/Road Closures


The City of Inman is so excited for our two wonderful traditions: Light Up Inman and our Holiday Parade. These annual events are fantastic opportunities to celebrate the holiday season for our residents and welcome newcomers to our downtown.

Our parade route for this year will begin at Leroy Mathis Park and come into downtown on Main Street. The route will continue to City Hall, then take a right on to Ladson St, a right on Blackstock, a left on Mill St. and finally a right on Oakland Ave.

At the conclusion of the Parade at roughly 6:30 we will move to the stage on Main Street for our Light Up Inman festivities. This will include dancers, music, a reading of A Night Before Christmas, and then culminating with our lighting of the tree.

Closures

Main Street from Wingo St to Gosnell Ave.
East Main from Ladson to Jumper St.
Mill St from Main St. to Humphries St.
Blackstock St from Ladson St to Mill St.
Bishop St from Mill St to City Parking lot.
Mill St. Parking lot will close Saturday the 3rd at 3pm.

The City is working with local partners for locations where event parking will be available.

Please reach out to Joe Lanahan, City administrator, with any questions via or telephone at 864.472.6200 x113



Sewer Rate Increase Notification 2023

The City of Inman approved a change to the sewer rates to begin on September 1st, 2023 for all customers.

Download the Sewer Rate Increase Notice and Rate Chart (pdf)

Golf Cart Rules + Regulations

Before you or someone you know takes a golf cart for a drive, be sure to follow the checklist below:

City Notes


City Notes are a newsletter from the City of Inman. The goal is to keep residents and business owners informed about projects and initiatives underway in and around the City of Inman. Please reach out to City Administrator, Joe Lanahan, for any questions via or telephone 864.472.6200.

Parking

Please be aware that parking is now available for our guests to downtown and employees of our merchants at 2 S. Howard St (old Dive shop). City staff is currently reviewing our ordinance for parking and how tickets can be issued by our police officers.

Smoking in Downtown

At the request of City Council, staff is reviewing our ordinance regarding smoking in our downtown. The process will include looking at some of our neighboring cities. The goal is to make a recommendation to the City Council by early 2024.

Cross Walks

In November the City has Toole Design, a traffic engineering firm, coming for a visit to look at how we can make our crosswalks more visible. Since both Main St and Mill St are State owned roads, we are required to work within the State regulations.

New Pocket Park

The alleyway on Main St next to the Crepe Factory is owned by the city and will be redesigned to host a new public space. A “Design the Park” effort will begin on November 19th at the Market on Mill the public will be invited to give input on park design. There will be a second public session in December, stay tuned for announcement of the date.

Short Term Rentals

City Staff are currently reviewing policies in our area for short term rentals. As our city grows these opportunities will be created. The goal is to have a policy in place that best fits our city.

Reports & Plans

Download the City of Inman Main Street Report 2023 (pdf)

Download the State of the City Report 2023 (pdf)

Main Street America Into Video


Inman Downtown Master Plan


Over the course of three days the City of Inman asked the residents, local business owners, and those concerned about the future of the city for their thoughts and ideas about our downtown. The Bordeaux Group and Toole Design have been hired to help guide the process of developing a downtown master plan. We welcome you to download the City of Inman Master Plan and learn about possible ideas for our downtown. If you have thoughts and/or suggestions we would love to hear from you.

Download the City of Inman Downtown Master Plan 2021 (pdf)

Around the Town


Inman eyes growth as Saluda Grade Trail project nears reality


With $27 million in funding approved by North and South Carolina legislatures in the past 18 months, the proposed Saluda Grade Trail is looking inevitable.

Perhaps no community is counting on its promise more than the town that sits on the trail’s southern starting point.

For the people of Inman, a proud community nestled on the doorstep of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northwestern Spartanburg County, years of effort to bring new life to the community’s downtown are finally paying dividends.

But what makes local municipal and business leaders almost giddy with excitement is how the proposed trail is likely to amplify and accelerate Inman’s economic prosperity.

Laying the groundwork


The proposed trail would cover roughly 31 miles running north from Inman, through Campobello and Landrum in South Carolina, then through Tryon and Saluda in North Carolina before ending in Zirconia, North Carolina. The path will follow the historic but inactive Saluda Grade rail line, which is being purchased from Norfolk Southern.

The effort is coordinated by Upstate Forever and PAL — Play. Advocate. Live Well. — in South Carolina and Conserving Carolina in North Carolina.

The promise of a new rail trail connected to the heart of Inman’s downtown seems to be an affirmation of the years of hard work by town residents and leaders to revive what was for decades known as the “fresh peach capital of the world,” according to Mayor Cornelius Huff.

Known to lifelong residents and newcomers alike as “Cornchip,” Huff has spent decades in public service to the people of his hometown, first as a volunteer for the local fire service — where he earned his nickname — and later as an EMT. For the last 20-plus he has served the city’s government, first as a member of City Council. He became mayor in 2014.

From the beginning of his time in city government, Huff said he was always motivated by the vision “to see Inman come alive again.”

Over the years, there have been many efforts to make that vision a reality, but there was one overriding obstacle in the way: the city’s former strong-mayor government. It effectively allowed the mayor to override the City Council and hamper the type of collective action community revitalization depends on. Huff saw this firsthand as a council member and ran for mayor in 2014 on the platform to change Inman’s structure to a council-administrator model.

“I was able to be a part of that transition — the good, the bad and the ugly,” he said. “It takes a team to make things grow and to win the game.”

Allowing the mayor and council to have an equal voice in charting the city’s future combined with bringing a professional administrator in to run the city’s day-to-day operations helped Inman get ready for the growth the Saluda Grade Trail will almost certainly bring, Huff said.

Being clear-eyed and proactive in meeting that growth is one of the main jobs of Joe Lanahan, the city administrator, who came to the role in 2020 after stints as recreation director for the city of Mauldin and, prior to that, as a program manager for Greenville County’s Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department.

Lanahan said he saw how the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail went from the modest idea of a 12-mile trail connecting Travelers Rest and downtown Greenville to an expanding trail network that has revitalized nearly every community it touches.

With 3 miles of the proposed Saluda Grade Trail traversing virtually the entirety of Inman’s downtown, the impact to the city is expected to be transformative.

“It’s very, very exciting,” Lanahan said.

Momentum building


The momentum of Inman’s efforts to reignite interest in its downtown has become palpable in recent months.

Beyond a streetscape project that beautified and updated Main Street, new businesses have come downtown and brought an increasing number of visitors.

Huff and Lanahan credit these entrepreneurs for staking their financial livelihoods on the vision that Inman is entering a new phase of growth and prosperity.

Among those businesses bringing new life — and foot traffic — to Inman is The Crepe Factory, which opened in downtown Spartanburg in 2016 but moved to its 12 S. Main St. location in Inman in 2021.

Lanahan said the restaurant not only brought its loyal customer base to Inman, but serves as a magnet for new visitors. Likening such businesses to the major department stores that served as anchors to underpin the commercial appeal of suburban malls, Lanahan said they help signal Inman is a great place to be.

That idea was among the motivations that prompted Jim and Carin Holliday to build their new Holliday Brewing manufacturing and distribution facility in downtown Inman. The custom-built 9,000-square-foot brewery and taproom is located at 12 Prospect St., a block north of Main Street.

It joins the company’s Drayton Mills Marketplace location in Spartanburg and will feature food offerings in partnership with Spartanburg’s Burgers & Bakery.

Jim Holliday said Inman offered the right opportunity at the right time for his company’s expansion. The planned trail promises to make that future even brighter.

Saluda Grade Trail fast facts


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