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Background: “The Art of Community: Rural S.C.”
On March 15 and 16, a group of arts advisors from the Promise Zone and leaders from other parts of the state and nation met to showcase the S.C. Arts Commission’s initiative known as “The Art of Community: Rural S.C.” Participants hailed from as far away as Iowa, Vermont, Indiana, Georgia and Washington, D.C. Read more →
DEC. 4, 2015 | All the ink goes to tax breaks and incentives when a community is successful in attracting a new employer, but the recruiting of an economic development prospect involves everything, including arts and culture.
Often potential economic development factors like the arts and culture are overlooked.
Susan DuPlessis of the South Carolina Arts Commission, said, “It is all so knitted together that sometimes it is difficult to tease out all these different pieces.” Culture and the arts, she explained, is a vital part of a community’s quality of life “that helps make a place that people want to be.”
For the last few months, SouthernCarolina Alliance has led community and strategy meetings to help in the development of a long-term strategic plan to guide the Promise Zone over the next 10 years.
Professor Kirk Randazzo, who met with eight strategy groups, is drafting a framework that will lead to an action plan, which will be unveiled in the first quarter of 2016.
“Each of the groups worked extremely hard to brainstorm numerous ideas to help propel the region forward,” said Randazzo, who is director of the Carolina Leadership Initiative at the University of South Carolina. “More importantly, they committed to working collaboratively in executing the strategic action plan and obtaining the resources necessary to reduce poverty and improve people’s lives.” Read more →