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City of Florence receives economic development award

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FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – The City of Florence announced it received the 2013 Achievement Award for Economic Development at the Municipal Association of South Carolina's annual meeting in Greenville.

The City of Florence was recognized for its redevelopment efforts downtown, which began in 2005 with the hiring of a consultant to create a plan for downtown development. The plan focused on renewing arts and cultural development. Since beginning implementation, Florence has seen the additions of the Drs. Bruce & Lee Foundation Library, Florence Little Theatre, Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center and soon the Florence county Museum.

The arts and cultural development in downtown Florence has proven to be successful to the economy, and continues to flourish with the addition of a boutique hotel, and new businesses and restaurants.

This year, 33 municipalities entered the Achievement Awards and 9 were selected as winners.

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