May 1, 2018

Florence, SC


I had the pleasure of visiting Florence, SC yesterday (with a few other "placemakers") and I have to say.... I was completely blown away by the transformation of their downtown! I haven't been there in 10 years and it is nothing like what I remember. Their performing arts center https://fmupac.org/ served as the catalyst for this revitalization and I believe can be a great case study for some of the things we want to do. Their economic development had some great contests and incentives that helped spark new retail... I look forward to sharing some of the things we learned.



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  • Rock Hill Econ Dev
    Jun 19

    On March 14th, Project for Public Spaces (PPS) hosted a 2 day workshop in the Gettys Courtroom, where RHEDC, community members, Placemaking team members, and city staff came together to identify placemaking opportunities in Knowledge Park. We participated in several group exercises, did a walking tour of downtown, and created concept placemaking maps for 5 specific locations. PPS then created a Placemaking Master Plan in the following weeks, designed to activate underutilized spaces in Knowledge Park that will attract knowledge workers, businesses, residents, and visitors. More information about PPS: https://www.pps.org/
  • mjones
    Jun 14, 2018

    I ran across this over the weekend - while this particular initiative is to increase diversity in the food industry, I thought the concept was pretty cool and perhaps even doable in Rock Hill. http://www.thetableisset.com/
  • cathy.murphy
    Jun 6, 2018