Why Hartsville? That is an interesting question. One answer is because we have some leaders with a vision to point out that Hartsville would be an excellent location for such a venture to see how a smaller, more rural area might foster business innovation. Another answer is that the vision had support from others who believe it is important to "try new new things" that have a good chance of being the next major successful initiative. The list of people speaking at the Ribbon Cutting showed some of the talent behind the philosophy. Senator Gerald Malloy laid down the challenge of "the next step." Speaker Pro Tem Jay Lucas highlighted the strength of cooperative efforts underlining the work of the city and the initial funders and founders of the program -- Duke Energy, The Byerly Foundation and Clemson University. Mayor Pennington pointed out the importance of the City Council to go out on the limb to support such a new venture and he spoke of the efforts of city leaders to work toward maximum success as Hartsville serves as the regional hub of this initiative.
Cooperation, Collaboration, Cash, are all elements that a community does require to continue becoming an even better place. Barbara Steadman, who serves as a member of the Foundation for a Better Hartsville, which took this project as one of its first has an interesting blog post on the effort.
Why Hartsivlle? Because Hartsville is a can-do, will do community that will put in the effort to make new things work. Ben Chastain, a 2010 graduate of Coker College, is the executive director and his energy will power the initial effort of idea searching and idea hatching. This is an exciting opportunity for all of us in this community and in the Pee Dee Region. Now, help make the next thing happen!! Share your thoughts with Ben Chastain and see if you are not ready for the next Genentec.