Did you know? Nearly one year ago, the City formally launched its Downtown Revitalization Plan! This plan creates a framework to revitalize this portion of the City through economic development, events, tourism, and the creative reuse of buildings and properties! So far, in spite of COVID-19, a good deal of progress has been made though much remains to be done!
1) Downtown Occupancy. The Downtown Occupancy rate is right at 75% with at least 3 new businesses set to open in the coming weeks and months. (The occupancy rate has been closer to 60-65% over the past decade)
2) Downtown Investment. The City has secured over $700,000 in grants to go towards streetscaping projects and the Opera House Renovation.
3) Event Growth. The Hogs and Hens and Opera House in particular have seen a good deal of growth over the past 2 years, COVID-19 notwithstanding. As these event series grow, so to does the Economic Impact on local businesses.
4) Business Incubation. The City’s First Business Incubator launched in January of 2020. Located above the Chamber of Commerce, the incubator is home to Red Gate Realty. The Incubator Program also has the potential to grow in the coming years.
5) Business Retention Program. A business retention program has been established which is centered around entrepreneurial resources.
6) Smaller Projects. Smaller projects such as new signage and signage restoration are also being worked on.
Downtown Abbeville Merchants Association West Carolina Tel Abbeville First Bank Abbeville County Economic Development Partnership Main Street Coffee Company Upper Savannah Council of Governments - USCOG
Did you know? The City has been tentatively awarded $575,000 in the form of an SRF Forgiveness Loan which essentially acts a Grant. These funds along with local dollars, will help to install a new water line on McGowan Avenue, helping to improve water quality in that area. This will bring the total investment by the City into the Water and Wastewater System to nearly $5.5 Million in major projects alone in the past two year and moving into 2021. #infrastructure #allaboutabbeville ...
A big thanks to our installation crew members who installed and dismantled the Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit. Jim Gray, Marlin Sherman, Mike Tallent. They did excellent work. EVERY piece successfully fit back in it's original case. ...
The Chamber welcomes our new member M.T. Nestors, retail store specializing in Estate sale items Opening soon, located in Chamberlain Village Mall on Highway 378 next to Village Spirits and Definitely Delicious. ...