​2017 winners

  • Anderson —"Shock This Block"
    "Shock This Block" is an initiative to use creative placemaking strategies to create a unified, site-specific development plan for downtown Anderson.
    Contact: Beth Batson, 864.934.3054
  • Belton — "Belton and Beyond"
    "Belton and Beyond" is a partnership between the city and the Belton Alliance that will develop an exercise area and trailhead near the downtown. This will provide a free, family-friendly environment for residents of all ages to gather together and get healthy. The trailhead will be the entry point to a walking trail connecting the downtown to the Belton Recreation Hub and Leda Poore Sports Complex.
    Contact: Eleanor Dorn, 864.940.3913
  • Estill — Demolition of Blighted Buildings
    The Town of Estill will leverage its grant funds with a Community Development Block Grant to demolish 26 vacant, dilapidated housing structures and the 21,000-square-foot former Best Manufacturing building.
    Contact: Barbara Johnson, 843.473.3951
  • Johnston ­— "Revitalizing the Peach Capital"
    The Town of Johnston will use its grant to fund the redevelopment of the former police station as a focal point for visitors and residents and revitalize landscaping downtown.
    Contact: Frances Quarles, 803.275.2488
  • Lancaster — Downtown Farmers Market and Open Air Pavilion
    The City of Lancaster will pay for professional services related to developing and producing design plans for a multipurpose downtown farmers market and open-air pavilion.
    Contact: Flip Hutfles, 803.289.1453
  • Landrum — Historical and Railroad Museum Additions
    The City of Landrum intends to acquire and develop an unused passenger rail car into a railroad and historical museum that will sit next to the restored historic Landrum Depot.
    Contact: Rich Caplan, 864.457.3000
  • McClellanville — Securing the Future of McClellanville's Working Waterfront
    Through partnerships that include the Town of McClellanville, the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium, the East Cooper Land Trust and Carolina Common Enterprise, the town will develop a master plan to secure the future of the town's working waterfront and seafood industry.
    Contact: Michelle McClellan, 843.887.3712
  • Pickens — #TakeMeToPickens
    Building on the success of its Doodle Trail, the City of Pickens will create the Doodle Park Mural and also expand the Turtles on the Town campaign, which promotes Pickens and its small businesses.
    Contact: Becky Horace, 864.952.9660
  • Spartanburg — African-American Business Development Initiative
    In collaboration with several partners, the City of Spartanburg will implement a business development initiative that will specifically promote the development and support of African-American-owned businesses and businesses seeking to locate within African-American communities.
    Contact: Patty Bock, 864.596.2972
  • West Columbia — Interactive City Park
    In partnership with EngenuitySC, the City of West Columbia will use grant funds to develop infrastructure within its Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible interactive park to allow it to host music performances, art displays, life-size checkers and chess boards, and other attractions to support local artists.
    Contact: Brian Carter, 803.939.8600

2016 winners

  • Beaufort – Support the newly established public private partnership with the Charleston Digital Corridor to establish and manage the Beaufort Digital Corridor for the City of Beaufort.
    Contact: Bill Prokop, 843.525.7070
  • Clinton – Engage an architectural firm to create a professional master plan and strategic vision for the Industrial Supply Company warehouse complex in downtown Clinton.
    Contact: Jerre Threatt, 864.833.7505
  • Gaffney – Fund over a two-year period the Gaffney Main Street Challenge Competition to bring new businesses to Gaffney's downtown.
    Contact: James Taylor, 864.487.6247
  • Manning – Engage a professional services firm to assist the city to develop retail strategy thinking, marketing data and trade brochures for use at retail recruiting conferences.
    Contact: Scott Tanner, 803.435.8477
  • Ridgeway – Restore and repair iconic structures in the town and rehabilitate sidewalks in support of the town's "Paint the Town Red with Revitalization" campaign.
    Contact: Charlene Herring, 803.337.2213
  • Walterboro –Fund engineering costs for the Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary Discovery Center, the gateway to the ACE Basin.
    Contact: Jeff Molinari, 843.782.1011
  • West Pelzer and Pelzer –Develop a Main Street Corridor Master Plan and Economic Impact Analysis for both towns. 
    Contact: Blake Sanders, 864.947.6297
  • Williamston – Fund a façade improvement grant program and the Mustang Alley feasibility study.
    Contact: Sonya Crandall, 864.650.7075