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 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.