Monthly Archives: April 2017

Thank You HOWDY DAY Team Members and Volunteers

THANK YOU Howdy Day Team Members and volunteers for Saturday’s successful HOWDY Cleanup Day!!!

In total, we had over 130 people participating and contributing their time and talents. What hard workers we had planting flowers, cleaning up the streets and parks, and pressure cleaning off the graffiti in some areas. The Town really is starting to shine!
Please join me in thanking Rev. Tiko Thurman for chairing this event, and to the Mayor, Town Council members, and Roxanne Hall for their leadership. I also want to recognize Col. Creamer and his youthful band of Cleanup Crew Members! I also extend a heartfelt Thanks to Tim Gentry and David Rogers and his team for putting up the new Historic Williamston banners in time for the event. Also, the dedication of the new ladder truck was a nice touch. Thank you Chief Ellison!!
In addition, please thank Chris Trotter and the Fire Dept. for donating ice. Mike Simpson donated the use of one of Ace’s pressure cleaners. The pizza from MVPizza was also delicious. A big Thank You to the Town of Williamston for donating flowers, pots, soil and water bottles. Debbie and Tim coordinated these items. Also, a huge Thank you to Samantha Porter at Keep America Beautiful for all the bags, grabbers, vests, and gloves. We also want to thank Mayor Durham, Mayor Pro Tem Tony Hagood, and Councilman Rockey Burgessfor helping transport items with their flatbed trucks.
If you have not done so already, please check out the Facebook pages for “Envision Williamson” and “I’m from Williamston” to view some of the many photos taken.
We are also producing a video of the event that we will post later this week.
Take Care and Thank You so much for All You Do!!!
EW Executive Director Sonya Crandall


HOWDY – “Hands On Williamston Day Y’All!”

Are You Ready to Help Make Williamston Beautiful?
April 22nd has been declared “HANDS ON WILLIAMSTON DAY, Y’ALL!” or HOWDY Cleanup Day for short. Come on out and join your Town Council members and the local ROTC as we launch a town-wide cleanup and short-term beautification effort.
Four Teams are being formed for the following areas:
The Artory (Palmetto Cultural Arts Center)
Town Hall and Mineral Spring Park
Caroline Community Center
Mill Village Streets
The following Town Council members are in charge of each group:
Team A. Mayor Durham: 864-617-5097
Team B. Councilman Rockey Burgess: 864-933-7508
Team C. Councilman Tony Hagood: 864-933-1821
Team D. Councilman Chris Alexander: 864-556-4272
You may contact the Mayor or Councilman to sign up for your favorite site!
Teams will be provided with clean up bags, vests, gloves and other supplies. Participants will engage in light cleanup work and the planting of annuals in designed pots or zones.
Following this short-term beautification effort, a longer-range plan for the Park’s redevelopment will be considered for the enjoyment of the public, visitors, and generations to come.
So, come on out and show your Community Pride and Spirit! For more information, contact Sonya Crandall, Envision Williamston at 864-847-7473 or email her at:

Want to start a new business?

Envision Williamston is pleased to announce the launch of the Main Street Challenge Program. The Town of Williamston and Innovate Anderson are co-sponsoring the initiative.
The Main Street Challenge is an entrepreneurial start-up competition for the purpose of generating additional retail occupancy in Williamston. The town is strategically located on Highway 20 and just off of I-85 between Anderson and Greenville, SC.
The Main Street Challenge offers an incentive package in excess of $10,000 to each of the winning entrepreneurs. Additional benefits for the first year of operation include: quarterly advertising through the local newspaper, banking assistance, free internet and telephone service (1 line), and complementary membership in the Palmetto Business Association.
Each semi-finalist will receive essential counseling on how to start-up a business. These individuals will receive guidance on refining their entrepreneurial concept and business plan. The Small Business Development Center at Clemson University is spearheading this effort and will offer workshops and mentors for those participating.
Envision Williamston encourages anyone interested to apply. The program sponsors hope to help as many prospective entrepreneurs as possible; and even if an applicant doesn’t receive one of the two $10,000 awards, they can obtain free counseling and assistance with developing their business and financial plan.
Come and let your entrepreneurial spirit grow! For more information, click here!