Monthly Archives: May 2019

New mural “Unbroken Chain of Mineral Spring Water” now up

The latest Envision Williamston mural is now up. The fifth mural placed in Williamston over the last year or so, is on the side of the building located across from Calvary Church and near the new Anderson Drive “Gateway Welcome Sign”, also an Envision Williamston project.  Thomas Addison’s mural design of “Unbroken Chain of Mineral Spring Water”, was brought to life by Palmetto High Art students Kerrigan Campbell and Rebecca Stephen. Art Teacher Gregg Davis led the students over the past several months to complete the project.

Pictured are Roxanne Hall, Envision Williamston Board Chair Roxanne Hall and Palmetto High art students Kerrigan Campbell and Rebecca Stephen with Teacher Gregg Davis.

Williamston Downtown Acceleration Program (WDAP) Puts Williamston on the National Map!

Leadership from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) visited the Town of Williamston last Wednesday, May 1st. Their purpose was to view firsthand some of the ARC-sponsored streetscaping improvements accomplished over the past year and a half.  Representatives from the Washington, DC area included Tim Thomas, the federal ARC Co-Chair; Scott Hamilton, ARC Executive Director; and Guy Land, ARC Chief of Staff. From the state level, the team included Michael McInerney, ARC State Alternate and Caroline Griffin, ARC SC Program Manager. Steve Pelissier, Executive Director of the Appalachian Council of Governments (ACOG) and Arlene Young, ACOG Grants Services Director coordinated the visit at ARC’s request.
Mayor Mack Durham, Roxanne Hall, Chair of Envision Williamston, and Sonya Crandall, Executive Director of Envision Williamston, hosted the site visit along with several other leadership members of the Williamston community. They showed the site visit team members several of the results from the Williamston Downtown Acceleration Program (WDAP), as part of a walking tour of the downtown area. The tour included several artistic murals, aspirational decals, decorative banners, facade improvements, adopt a rest stop sites, and one of our greenway landscaped areas. They also pointed out several potential redevelopment sites for economic revitalization. The strong local showing underscores the active engagement of community members in various facets of the recent revitalization and that the accomplishments made are a team effort. The local project exceeded many of its original goals, and leaders are now ready to move on to the next phase of redevelopment.
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Envision Williamston hosts Main Street Directors

Approximately 20 Main Street Program Directors from across the upstate were in Williamston Thursday, April 11 for the Second Quarter Training meeting of the State Main Street organization. Envision Williamston hosted the event which was held at the Williamston Municipal Center. The group participated in a walking tour spotlighting Envision Williamston projects throughout the downtown and park area of Williamston. Beautification projects on the tour included façade grant improvements at three local businesses, decal projects, street banners, two murals, walking trail, four “rest stop” locations featuring two with shade sails, greenways, a “wayfinding sign” and other projects.
Highlight “Rest Stop” project
Envision Williamston Executive Director Sonya Crandall talks with other Main Street Directors about beautification projects the local group has recently completed including the “Adopt A Rest Stop” locations throughout the town.
The group participated in a walking tour spotlighting Envision Williamston projects throughout the downtown and park area of Williamston.