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Road Trip - Part 1 of 2
Local leaders, others look to Rock Hill for ideas
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A cyclist races by Monday afternoon on Rock Hills Giordana Velodrome as (from right) Camden business owner Dave Baker, Kershaw County Councilman Jimmy Jones, Kershaw County School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan, Camden City Councilwoman Alfred Mae Drakeford, Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham and City Councilman Walter Long watch. They and nearly 20 other Camden and Kershaw County leaders visited Rock Hill to learn more about how the city transformed itself into a sports tourism destination. - photo by Martin L. Cahn
Rock Hill in York County may have 10 times Camden’s population in three times the geographic size, but it may be a success story for Camden and Kershaw County to emulate. That’s why about 25 local leaders -- city council members, staff and other officials; candidates for city council; school district officials; county officials; business owners and others -- got on a bus at 8 a.m. Monday and headed north to the “Gateway to South Carolina.” During the past 30 years, Rock Hill has transformed itself from being a city with a dying textile industry into a sports tourism destination.