City of Camden Accepted Into Main Street SC Program
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, and the training and support they receive may include services such as architectural services, focus groups, training and technical assistance.
"On behalf of our City Council, and the citizens and businesses of Camden, we proudly accept the nomination of the Main Street South Carolina Program to participate in this highly progressive initiative" said Tony Scully, mayor of the City of Camden. "We believe the Four Point Approach embraced by the Main Street program will enable the city to align its goals with proven strategies and solutions. We are excited about the positive impact on the economy and overall quality of life which we expect to achieve in Camden in the coming years through our participation with the excellent Main Street SC Program and its leadership team."
"Everywhere I travel around the state,” Scully added, “people talk about Camden as a warm, welcoming place of beauty and history. The Main St. program will help us make it even better."
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.
Camden joins Clinton 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.
"I am excited to have Camden join the Main Street South Carolina family," said Beppie LeGrand, manager of the Main Street South Carolina. "This is a great opportunity for Camden 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.