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EW announces Phase II Facade Improvement Grant

Envision Williamston is pleased to announce that it is launching a second “Façade Improvement Grant Program,” this fall. 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 with the Appalachian Regional Commission and Envision Williamston. A five-person Façade Improvement Steering Committee (FISC) will once again oversee the project.
If missed out on Phase I, you won’t want to left out this time! Grant awards can range from $500 to $2,000. You must match 50% of the total cost or more. For example, on a $4,000 sign or awning project, you would be eligible for a grant of up to $2,000. Your share would be only $2,000. That is a savings of $2,000 to you!
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.
Eligible expenditures shall include expenses related solely to exterior improvements. Allowable improvements include exterior building improvements (cosmetic and/or structural), painting, signage, windows, and awnings which are visible from the street.
Apply today!! Applications will be accepted from September 27th through November 10, 2017.
Application forms and guidance can be found on the Envision Williamston website under “Programs.” For more information contact Sonya Crandall at sonyacew@gmail.com

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

 

Envision Williamston awarded two new grants

Envision Williamston is excited to announce that the Town of Williamston has been selected as the recipient of two grant awards for the Town’s newly developed Economic Development initiatives.

In the spring 2016, the Town adopted the Envision Williamston Community Master Plan. Within it, there are several streetscaping and economic development initiatives highlighted to help bring out a much needed facelift to the Town and advance its economic vitality.

Since then, Envision Williamston has pulled together a strategic team of professionals and concerned citizens to work on the design and implementation of some key project recommendations. One is aptly named “Best Look, Best Talent Project,” a multi-pronged approach geared toward improving the Town’s assets through community placemaking. As a direct result of these planning efforts, the Town was selected as one of eight towns to receive a $25,000 Hometown Economic Development Grant that is being awarded by the Municipal Association of South Carolina. The Palmetto Business Association and the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor are providing the necessary matching grant funds for the project. The project is comprised of two phases. Phase 1 will include a Façade Improvement Grant Program that will incentivize local merchants to begin the process of creating an attractive array of storefronts in the downtown historic corridor. In Phase 2, researchers and architectural designers will conduct The Mustang Alley Feasibility Study to complement the façade program. The Feasibility Study will explore possible creation of an event-oriented alleyway or pocket park. The study is designed to formulate the design options; assess their feasibility; and determine the potential return of investment.

The second award is for the separately funded “Main Street Challenge Grant Award Program.” This economic development project will incentivize new businesses to utilize some of the vacant storefronts in town. Innovate Anderson, a public/private economic development organization, has awarded $10,000 to match the Town’s initial investment on a 1:1 basis.

Both the Main Street Challenge and the Best Look, Best Talent Project are timely and essential to the Town’s future. Together, they will generate a quick visual improvement, foster economic vitality, and provide valuable information for future decision making. “Each project builds upon the other and will be guided by local leaders. However, these projects would not be possible without the generous support from our community and state partners,” says Sonya Crandall, Executive Director for Envision Williamston.

For further information, please contact Sonya Crandall at 864-650-7075 or sonyacew@gmail.com, or go to www.envisionwilliamston.com.

 

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