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Bill Kinney was awarded the 2012 Main Street South Carolina Downtown Service Award at the Municipal Association's 72nd Annual Meeting on June 30. Kinney was nominated by the Bennettsville Downtown Development Association. Main Street South Carolina is a program of the Municipal Association of South Carolina.
The award recognizes an elected official, appointed public official, resident or organization who contributes leadership, vision and support to downtown revitalization efforts beyond the normal call of duty.
As editor and publisher of the Marlboro Herald-Advocate, Bill Kinney chronicles life in historic Bennettsville.
"Bill's paper covers Bennettsville Downtown Development Association events, but his involvement doesn't stop there. Using information from the National Main Street Center, Kinney follows national trends in downtown development and educates his readers on what can be done and how they can support local downtown development projects," said Beppie LeGrand, Main Street SC manager.
Beyond his role with the newspaper, Kinney has supported the Bennettsville Downtown Development Association since its inception in 1986. As the vice chair of the board of directors, he makes speeches and conducts seminars about downtown improvement.
Also through his personal foundation, Kinney supports and initiates projects benefitting downtown Bennettsville, ranging from infrastructure projects to grants.
Main Street South Carolina empowers residents, business owners and local officials with the knowledge, skills, tools and organizational structure necessary to revitalize their downtowns, neighborhood commercial districts and cities and towns into vibrant centers of commerce and community.
Main Street South Carolina follows the National Main Street's Four Point Approach - Organization, Promotion, Design and Economic Restructuring. Each year, Main Street South Carolina recognizes members" achievements and successes in downtown revitalization.
The Municipal Association of South Carolina is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit Association of incorporated cities and towns dedicated to raising the standards of municipal government through a broad range of services.