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Main Street Kingstree and the Town of Kingstree received the Main Street South Carolina Outstanding Partnership Award. Main Street South Carolina is a program of the Municipal Association of South Carolina.

The award recognizes a public/private partnership that leads to successful achievements for both and clearly demonstrates a cooperative spirit and long-term commitment to the partnership.

A partnership between Main Street Kingstree, the Town of Kingstree, Williamsburg County Development Corporation and numerous downtown property owners allowed for the revitalization of a parking lot, complete with lighting improvements and green space.

Previously the space, located between Academy Street and Hampton Avenue, was a confusing, uncoordinated slab of concrete with poor lighting and usage. The town and the SC Department of Commerce provided funding for the project, and the project’s partners worked together on planning and design.

Because the lot is in a central location, it brings value to both downtown businesses and the surrounding area. Beyond the greatly improved visual appeal, the renovation also expanded the availability of downtown parking spaces from 55 to 125.

"This public/private effort shows what partnerships can to do enhance downtown businesses," said Jenny Boulware, Main Street SC manager.

Main Street South Carolina empowers residents, business owners and local officials with the knowledge, skills, tools and organizational structure necessary to revitalize their downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts into vibrant centers of commerce and community.

Main Street South Carolina follows the National Main Street’s Four Point Approach — economic vitality, design, promotion and organization. Each year, Main Street South Carolina recognizes members’ achievements and successes in downtown revitalization. For more information about Main Street South Carolina, visit the Municipal Association’s website at www.masc.sc (keyword: Main Street).

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