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Bringing Downtown Back To Life: Smaller Cities Working To Revitalize Their Downtowns

This summer thousands of people have attended home games of the Augusta Green-Jackets, Augusta Georgia’s minor league baseball.  The team plays in a brand new stadium, SRP Park.  The stadium however is located across the Savannah River in South Carolina in the City of North Augusta.  The new, state-of-the-art stadium is the centerpiece of a re-vitalized North Augusta along its riverfront.

North Augusta is just one of a number of smaller cities in the state bringing their downtowns to life by creating new work, living, and play spaces and strengthening their local tax bases.

Jenny Boulware directs the South Carolina Municipal Association’s Main Street program, and she says the state’s surging population is pushing downtown revitalizations.

Downtowns in cities like Conway, Gaffney, Kingstree, Hartsville and Florence to name a few are being revived.

Russ McKinney has 30 years of experience in radio news and public affairs. He is a former broadcast news reporter in Spartanburg, Columbia and Atlanta. He served as Press Secretary to former S.C. Governor Dick Riley for two terms, and for 20 years was the chief public affairs officer for the University of South Carolina.