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Be involved – Take the online survey!

Clemson University and the Envision Williamston program are conducting a community survey about the future of the town. The purpose of the Community Voices study is to survey local opinions about economic and community vitality. These questions will help decision makers better understand the needs and perspectives of town residents, local property owners, business leaders, and other key stakeholders.
Participation is completely voluntary and all individual responses will be kept strictly confidential.
You may register for a $50 gift card drawing. A gift card will be awarded to one randomly selected survey respondent participating from the town.
Envision Williamston encourages those concerned about the future of the town to participate. Come and let your voice be heard and let your visionary spirit shine! To take the survey, go to: www.surveymonkey.com/r/Williamston07

Freedom Celebration July 1

The Town of Williamston will host their annual Freedom Celebration and Fireworks event on Saturday, July 1. There will be food vendors, live music, a cruise in and car show with fireworks around 9:30 p.m. Food vendors will be in Mineral Spring Park serving from 12 noon until. Jukebox 45 will perform on the Amphitheater stage beginning at 7 p. m. The Williamston Fire Department and McDonald’s will sponsor a cruise-in which begins at 5 p.m.

Mustang Alley Community Meeting

A Community Meeting for the Mustang Alley Feasibility Study will be held Thursday, June 29 at Grace UMC Activity Center, 34 E. Main Street, Williamston. Doors open at 5:30 PM. If you have any ideas you would like to share on what you would like to see happen in Downtown Williamston, you are invited to come and share.
Some include a pass-through alleyway from Main Street to Mineral Park Lane or downtown “pocket park” with swings or a splash pad for the kids.
Sponsors are also seeking input on activities and features you think may attract people to the historic downtown area.
Envision Williamston and SGA Architects of Greenville are hosting the public meeting to hear your ideas for the future.
Grace United Methodist Church will be serving a spaghetti supper with meatballs, salad and a dessert. After the meal is served, SGA Architects will help brainstorm ideas. Reservations are recommended
Call Envision Williamston Executive Director Sonya at 864-650-7075 or email her at sonyacew@gmail.com.
“We can only accommodate 50 people, so please make your reservation early!” Crandall said.

Apply for Facade Grant

Deadline for Town of Williamston/Envision Williamston Façade Improvement Grant applications has been extended to June 30.
Completed application packages must be delivered to Town Hall
at 12 West Main Street, Williamston, SC by no later than 5:00 PM on June 30, 2017.
Click here for application and information

Mustang Alley Feasibility Study RFP deadline extended to May 12

Deadline for the Mustang Alley Feasibility Study has been extended to Friday, May 12, 2017 at 5:00 PM.

Click here for proposal information

Questions and clarifications regarding this RFP may be made by contacting Sonya Crandall at 864-847-7473 or via email at sonyacew@gmail.com or at the Envision Williamston office located at 12 W. Main Street Williamston, SC 29697.

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: sonyacew@gmail.com

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!

Envision Williamston announces Main Street Challenge

Envision Williamston announces another major initiative for 2017 – the Main Street Challenge Program.
This program is an entrepreneurial start-up competition for the purpose of generating additional retail occupancy in Williamston.
The Main Street Challenge offers an incentive package in excess of $10,000 to each of the winning entrepreneurs. The Small Business Development Center based at Clemson University is providing hands on assistance to all semi-finalists.
Come and let your entrepreneurial spirit grow! Click here for more information on the Main Street Challenge.
Questions?
Contact Sonya Crandall, Executive Director, Envision Williamston at sonyacew@gmail.com; or call 864-847-7473.

Envision Williamston Mustang Alley feasibility study RFQ revised

Envision Williamston is pleased to launch a research project called the “Mustang Alley Feasibility Study.”
A pre-release of the Request for Proposals was launched in February, but is being released again today with an expanded scope and revised timeline.
Landscape Architects and Structural Planning Engineers are invited to apply. The research will explore the creation of a “pocket park” or alleyway, and an outdoor pavilion for small town gatherings and events. MASC’s Hometown Economic Development Grant program and the South Carolina Heritage Corridor are the cosponsors of the study.
For more information, click here

EW announces Facade Improvement Grant Program

Envision Williamston is pleased to announce that it is launching a “Façade Improvement Grant Program,” this spring. It is intended to stimulate improvements to the exterior of commercial buildings within the Town of Williamston. The funding of this program is provided through the Palmetto Business Association in partnership The Municipal Association of South Carolina and with Envision Williamston. A five-person Façade Improvement Steering Committee (FISC) will oversee the project.

The Façade Improvement Grant Program (FIGP) provides financial assistance to commercial property owners and business owners within the town limits. The purpose of the FIGP is to support the revitalization of the Town’s commercial corridors by stimulating private investments in high-quality improvements that enhance the appearance of buildings and properties and eliminate blight and non-conforming design standards.

Eligible applicants include owners of commercial properties and owners/managers of businesses located within the Town of Williamston. Business owners/managers who are leasing a building for which improvements are proposed must submit a letter from the owner giving consent and approval of proposed project plans.

The program provides for a one-time reimbursement grant with the amount not to exceed $2,000 with the business owner providing a match of 50%. Example: If the project cost is $4,000, the applicant can be awarded a grant in the amount of $2,000, with the business owner contributing $2,000.

Eligible expenditures shall include expenses related solely to exterior improvements. Improvements must be consistent with recommendations set forth in master plans and long-term goals for the area in which the property is located. Allowable improvements include exterior building improvements (cosmetic and/or structural), painting, signage, windows, and awnings which are visible from the street.

Applications will be accepted from February 15 through April 28, 2017.

For more information:
contact Sonya at sonyacew@gmail.com

or click the link below

Facade Improvement Grant Guidelines
Facade Improvement Design Options