Chris Story

Assistant City Manager City of Spartanburg , Spartanburg SC
Chris Story

Chris Story has served as Assistant City Manager for Spartanburg, SC, since 2009. In his role, he provides leadership to the city’s efforts in economic development, planning, development services, budget, finance, human resources, technology, and strategic communications. In addition, he serves on the core team supporting Spartanburg’s Way to Wellville health investment initiative and as a leader in the design and development of a proposed unique outcomes-financed continuum of early childhood services. Chris began professional public service in 1995 with an effort to raise funds to enhance the new public library in Downtown Spartanburg. Shortly thereafter, he served as the first Executive Director of a city-initiated community visioning and strategic planning process. From there, he joined the management of Spartanburg County serving as Assistant County Manager for nine years. Chris’s spouse, Jessalyn Wynn Story, is the Director of the Center of Community-Based Learning at Wofford College, which is also Chris’ alma mater. They have two children, a son Wynn who is an almost nine-year-old goalkeeping Padawan, and Suzanna, a four-and-a-half-year-old sunshiny artist.

During the Fellowship

During Chris’ fellowship, he will focus on implementation of Hello Family, Spartanburg’s new continuum of support model that aims to improve outcomes for young children and their families by providing services to all children born in the City of Spartanburg, from prenatal care through age five. Success will require several autonomous public entities, each with their own concerns and priorities, to make unprecedented cooperative commitments, and Chris will use his fellowship to work on this challenge.

Transforming investment in communities

The Center for Community Investment at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Surdna Foundation.

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