Aiken Chamber of Commerce leaders shared their impressions of a “dynamic, yet whimsical downtown” among the inherent attributes of Hartsville following their recent visit to the city to study potential ways of raising its profile.
A contingent of no less than 49 civic, business, government and education stakeholders joined the Chamber’s Board Chair Charlie Hartz and its President CEO J. David Jameson on a day-long trip to Darlington County’s largest city. Together with local officials and residents, the delegation talked about leadership and investment for the purpose of mutually strengthening both the city of Hartsville and the greater Aiken community.
Chamber visitors suggested building “from the inside out;” cultivating a vibrant downtown experience; take advantage of opportunities as they arise; trust in visionary leadership, and support entrepreneurial spirit.
Additionally, they recommended simplifying business startup requirements, fortify development with city-owned property, and focus on impacting the city positively.
Among the city’s innovative resources is Busi¬ness Navigator, a one-stop connection for business stakeholders serving licensing, permitting and other informational needs which launched its services in May 2016 and operates out of City Hall at 100 E. Carolina Ave.
Main Street Hartsville also supports downtown business ventures via public events such as its “Downtown Block Party” featuring musical performances; offering partnerships and sponsorships; and extending volunteer opportunities for committee work.