Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Reflections on 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, let’s take a moment to reflect on some primary accomplishments from the previous year that have helped our city take bold steps forward:

I 26 Commerce Park: A year ago there was no Class A Industrial Park with vacant space for future job growth in our county, but today, thanks to the work of numerous partners including the City of Clinton, Laurens County, LCDC, CEDC, LEC, and others, a new industrial park rises on I-26. The I-26 Commerce Park features a development ready pad, a 75,000 square foot speculative building, and 750 acres of property for future development and growth.

Fire Division Rating: Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our Public Safety personnel, our Fire Division has successfully reduced its ISO rating from a four to a two, making it one of the elite departments in the state. This improvement in performance was completed without an increase in the budget or operating costs.

Main Street Clinton: Nearly two years in the making, the City of Clinton was one of only two cities to be accepted into the Main Street South Carolina program for 2016 – place our community in an intensive three year boot camp program designed to enhance the downtown district.

Private Investment: For the first time in decades, significant private investment is improving our city. The Young Building in downtown is getting an $850,000 facelift. Nearly $8 million in projects on Presbyterian College’s campus is resulting in an improved facility for the college students, ten new single family residences were constructed this year, and nearly $3 million in private dollars are being used to building the speculative building.