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Road Trip - Part 2 of 2
Collaboration, creative financing key for Rock Hill
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Rock Hill Mayor Doug Echols (far left) speaks to a group of visitors from Camden and Kershaw County in Rock Hill City Halls council chamber April 30. The group of about 25 elected, business and civil leaders wanted to learn more about how Rock Hill paid for its transformation into a sports tourism destination. Echols and his staff focused on two key elements: collaboration, including with citizens; and creative financing, including TIF districts, hospitality taxes and grants. Seen here listening to Echols are Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham (in front of Echols), Karen Eckford of NBSC and Camden business owner Dave Baker. - photo by Martin L. Cahn
One week ago, a group of 25 Camden and Kershaw County leaders, business owners and others visited Rock Hill to see how that city transformed itself from a dying textile town to a sports tourism destination. The group -- including members of Camden City Council, candidates for city council and representatives from the Kershaw County School District -- visited sites such as Manchester Meadows (soccer), Cherry Park (baseball/softball) and Rock Hill Tennis Center. They also visited the new Riverwalk/Rock Hill Outdoor Center, which already sports a velodrome for Olympic-style cycling and, when completed, will have other amenities, including a YMCA. The participants came away impressed.