Removing our Blinders: Confessions of a Small Town Mayor with Bill Barnet

Thursday, April 1, 2021
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)

I am approaching my 79th year. I iwas raised in upstate New York and moved to Spartanburg 45 years ago. I was in business for many years and then served as mayor for eight years  

The city of Spartanburg was, and is, half white and half African American. The last ten years I have been part of a team trying to re-envision a low wealth neighborhood with poor infrastructure, high crime and scant opportunity for upward mobility. That is my story.

I hope to share with you lessons private and public life. To explore with you, in a conversation, the realities of our society in 2021, and the real challenges this society presents for so many of our citizens, particularly those of color.

The lack of opportunity and restrictions on upward mobility brought about by racial inequities will not benefit any of our children. The answer lies in education, but it must be accompanied by a comprehensive, multi-generational effort.

This is my goal for our hour together.I look forward to joining you. 

Bill Barnet

Please take a few minutes to read this impactful article by Dr Russell Booker before this session.

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Attendees (21)

Ashley Whitt

Senior Program Officer

Spartanburg County Foundation

Beth De Santis


Fact Forward

Carol Reeves

Executive Director

Just Say Something

Darlene Paradise

Director of Development

Dickerson Children's Advocacy Center

Diane Smock

Community volunteer (former elected official)

Community volunteer

Holly Raines

Volunteer and Development VISTA

St. Luke's Free Medical Clinic

Judy Wilson

Director of Development

Greenville Tech Foundation, Inc.

Kaky Grant - 1


Grant Philanthropic Advisors

Keisha Gray

Program Director, Early Childhood Development

Mary Black Foundation

Kim Atchley

Director of Communications

Spartanburg Academic Movement

Leslie Stroud-Romero - 1

Independent Grant Writer

Leslie Stroud-Romero

Maya Pack


South Carolina Institute of Medicine & Public Health

Megan Reilly

Development Director

Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services

Michael Brown

Executive Director

Sustaining Way

Paige Stephenson

President & CEO

United Way of the Piedmont

Quinn Hayes

Midlands Branch Development Specialist

Harvest Hope Food Bank

Richard Puffer

Executive Director

The Byerly Foundation

Susie Shannon


South Carolina Council on Competitiveness

3 Other Registered Attendees

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Bill Barnet

Barnet Development

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