City of Clinton accepted to Main Street South Carolina

The City of Clinton is one of two cities accepted into the Main Street South Carolina Boot Camp program for 2017. The announcement was made at a news conference Tuesday afternoon at The Depot in downtown Clinton. Clinton joins Camden this year in the boot camp program. Aiken, Beaufort, Bennettsville, Gaffney, Georgetown, Hartsville, Lancaster, Laurens, Manning, Moncks Corner, Orangeburg, Pickens, Summerville, Sumter and Williamston are also members of Main Street SC. “We are very excited and honored to be inducted into the Main Street South Carolina program. The central business district is the heart and soul of our community, and we see this as an opportunity to encourage downtown revitalization by supporting small businesses and investing in amenities that impact the quality of life for our citizens,” said Clinton Mayor Robert T. McLean. Main Street South Carolina, a program of the Municipal Association, is a comprehensive revitalization approach that promotes the historic and economic redevelopment of traditional business districts in South Carolina. Established in 1984, Main Street South Carolina empowers residents, business owners and local officials with the knowledge, skills, tools and organizational structure they need to revitalize their downtowns, neighborhood commercial districts, and cities and towns into vibrant centers of commerce and community. Each year, Main Street South Carolina accepts applications and selects communities to join the program. These communities receive technical support and training to help restore their downtowns as centers of community and economic activity. Each program determines its own goals. The training and support they receive may include services such as, focus groups, architectural services, training and technical assistance. Main Street South Carolina provides intensive on and off-site technical assistance and training during the three-year “boot camp” for communities competitively selected for the Main Street South Carolina program. At the end of the three-year boot camp, the community moves to a second tier where it receives ongoing support based on each program’s individual needs and goals. “I am excited to have Clinton join the Main Street South Carolina family,” said Beppie LeGrand, manager of the Main Street South Carolina. “This is a great opportunity for Clinton to build on the many wonderful resources that currently exist. I look forward to assisting in their continued success and growth.” Main Street South Carolina follows the National Main Street’s Four Point Approach – Organization, Promotion, Design and Economic Restructuring. Each year, Main Street South Carolina recognizes members’ achievements and successes in downtown revitalization through its Inspiration Awards. For more information about Main Street South Carolina, visit the Municipal Association’s website at www.masc.sc.

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