I like Hartsville and have lived and grown here since 1973. I get the warm, fuzzy feeling when hearing visitors describe the sense of community they FEEL as they visit our town.
I feel a little adrenaline rush when I discuss the possibilities inherent in this community. I get really excited when talking to a person who started her business here about 9 years, eight months ago and now is planning a major Art/Prom/Music event for the TENTH Anniversary.
A conversation with the Mayor about how we might find a way to develop a walking connection between the ample parking on College Avenue and the retail stores on Carolina Avenue and maybe be able to create business incubator space pumps up my thinking.
Another conversation with a visionary entrepreneur who puts his money where his heart is sets off more sparks about a downtown that can not only be quaint but thriving.
A look at the Coker College plans for immediate growth within our community shows how Hartsville can be a real college town and the new Loft residences downtown with the even newer college apartments opening this Fall shows how those plans are quickly becoming realities.
My answer to the question -- Does Hartsville have Boomtown tools is by now obvious. What are Boomtown tools? Jack Schultz, author of the 2004 book, BOOMTOWN USA, The 71/2 Keys to Bug Success in Small Towns gives the tool list. They are the 71/2 Keys:
- Adopt a Can-Do Attitude
- Shape Your Vision
- Leverage Your Resources
- Raise up Strong Leaders
- Encourage an entrepreneurial approach
- Maintain local control
- Build your brand and 71/2 -- Embrace the Teeter-Totter Factor