CU-ICAR continues to be the magnet venue for industry gatherings in the Southeast. Beyond housing 20 campus partners, multiple research laboratories and Clemson University’s automotive engineering program, the CU-ICAR campus also lends itself to accommodating regional and global conferences and events.

This year we kicked off the inaugural event Millennium Drive, an international car cruise showcasing the Upstate’s automotive highlights.

On Saturday March 22, 2014 CU-ICAR hosted an inaugural community event, The Millennium Drive International Car Cruise. Nearly 3,000 people flooded the campus to experience the first annual auto festival, which featured a diverse display of over 200 exotic and domestic cars—each one an automotive engineering marvel.

Learn about the 2nd annual Millennium Drive

Central/South American Delegation

More than 20 chief executives from 19 countries visited the Upstate to learn about innovation and entrepreneurship in the region and to see firsthand how the public and private sectors helped mold CU-ICAR into a model campus. CU-ICAR hosted the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration; the International Trade Administration; and ministers, vice ministers, university officials, mayors and other government officials from Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

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One of Artisphere 2014’s largest exhibits showed how ClemsonUniversity brought together technology and art to create cars, movie special effects and 3D computer programs, while inspiring the next generation of engineers, scientists and artists. The College of Engineering and Science had a major exhibit at Artisphere for the first time in the festival’s 10-year history, at the corner of Broad and Main streets in downtown Greenville. It included the student-built Deep Orange concept car, animated productions, and hands-on activities.

Artisphere Press Release
U.S. Secretary of Commerce

U.S. Secretary of Commerce

In Spring 2014, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker visited the CU-ICAR Campus. Her visit included a private roundtable discussion about developing a qualified workforce and came as expanding automotive and tire companies heighten the state’s importance in manufacturing. The visit was an opportunity to show Pritzker how Economic Development Administration (EDA) grants have supported CUICAR and the state’s economy. The EDA, which is part of the Commerce Department, helped fund the Center for Emerging Technologies building.