Tis the Season of Thankfulness
As we near the Holiday Season, it’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is just around the corner. I ask myself, “Where has the year gone? It seems we just celebrated New Years’ 2017.”
With that thought in mind, I began to reflect on the past year and how we have been blessed with so much progress in our community.
On the economic development front, I’m thankful that Council and staff persevered in developing the I-26 Commerce Park. What has become a Class A Park with curb and gutter, landscaping and street lighting, is touted at the SC Department of Commerce as a one-of-a-kind partnership to assure Clinton is competitive for economic development projects for years to come. With the announcement of G E Renewables as Clinton’s anchor tenant, we’re off to a speedy start to adding more industry and skilled jobs for our citizens.
Moving to downtown development, the City of Clinton began its 3 year “boot camp” phase of the Main Street Program. As key historic buildings are renovated into retail and apartment space, new businesses are opened. Momentum and opportunity is increasing with the promise of an unprecedented revitalization unseen in our downtown in decades. As Interim City Manager, it has been yet another blessing to see the talent and drive of our staff to find ways of bringing prosperity to our downtown business district. And, I’m excited because I truly believe the best is yet to come!
Among the many attributes that constitute the community in which we all want to live and enjoy, is the beauty gained by sustaining a healthy and vibrant tree canopy. The City of Clinton became the first city in the state to earn all three designations exemplifying our dedication to THE most renewable resource … trees. Clinton received designation as a Tree Trifecta City by earning Tree City USA, Tree Line USA and P C’s Tree Campus USA.
I’m thankful for organizations such as Clinton Canopy, garden clubs, and the Clinton High School Agricultural Class for making our great city beautiful with new plantings spring and fall. Our latest addition is the new and revitalized landscaped bed in Orr Park on Musgrove Street which features herbs and spices. In addition to downtown beautification, The Miller’s Fork Trail, which is currently being developed, will be a great asset to those wanting to get away for a moment of quiet solitude and enjoy the natural beauty that is a part of our City.
I’m thankful to serve with a team of employees whose passion is to help serve their neighbors in times of need. Whether it’s the firefighter who is running into a burning structure, a public safety officer assuring our safety while we sleep or a utility worker restoring our services after a storm, these are the true heroes who leave their families behind to serve our citizen-owners. I am proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with the crew who went to Aiken to aid in clean up after the ice storm, or, the crews who went to Jacksonville to help restore power after Hurricane Irma or the crew who worked tirelessly through the night to repair the broken water main to assure water service is restored before the day begins with the alarm clock. Team Clinton takes pride in serving its citizens in need through local charities such as the March of Dimes. In partnership with the Laurens City Police Department and the LCSO, our team set a new record high for funding raised to help those less fortunate. Team Clinton takes pride serving our citizen-owners with the highest quality service with ever increasing workloads, regulations and expectations. I’m thankful to you for allowing us to serve your needs.
Amongst so much for which to be thankful, let me thank Team Clinton for hosting a spectacular downtown event for the 2017 Eclipse celebration. Downtown being in the path of totality brought visitors from around the world. We met visitors from across our nation, as well as, England, Spain, and France just to name a few. In those few moments of darkness, no one cared who was from where, or what their religion or political beliefs. We were just all part of humanity observing the wonders of the universe.
So … YES! We have so much for which to be thankful. And we’re thankful to be allowed to serve a community as great as you.
(Dale Satterfield is Interim Clinton City Manager.)