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Kershaw County to be recognized for honor

Staff Report //June 28, 2018//

Kershaw County to be recognized for honor

Staff Report //June 28, 2018//

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Kershaw County’s selection as a 2018 All-America City by the National Civic League will be recognized with a resolution in the S.C. House today.

Kershaw County was one of 10 communities honored with the designation earlier this week.

“Kershaw County embraces the changing faces of its rapidly growing community, balancing its rural past and suburban future, with its business owners, residents and elected officials reflecting that diversity and building programs to ensure equity in healthcare, education and economic growth,” the National Civic League said in announcing the winners.

The organization cited three projects in the county as examples of the commitment’s civic engagement, collaboration, inclusiveness and innovation:

  • LiveWell Kershaw, which improved the health outcomes of residents through a school-based health center, satellite health care locations and county-wide training about population and health and health equity
  • The Jackson Teen Center, which offers job readiness, after-school and employability skills programs
  • VisionKershaw 2030, a plan focused on area economic growth, land use, county services, infrastructure and transportation, education, recreation and culture and health

Columbia was also an All-American city finalist, with the National Civic League citing a city government commitment to “addressing its community needs, developing programs to serve minority and women-owned businesses, connect police officers with community members and revitalize areas affected by flooding and neglect.”

Mount Pleasant was also one of the 10 winners.

A 34-member delegation from Kershaw County traveled to Denver for the June 24 presentation.