2010-06-18 / Business

City Center Partnership uses Palmetto Pride Grant to beautify downtown

Contributed by City Center Partnership

City Center Partnership was awarded a 2010 Community Pride Grant from Palmetto Pride on Wednesday, January 20. The $1,925 grant was used to enhance the beauty of the downtown area by planting flowers in hanging baskets and planters throughout the Business Improvement District (BID).

Creating a more uniform aesthetic look was the driving force behind the selection of what to plant during this season’s flower planting program. The hanging baskets, a salute to the area’s traditional use of baskets, contain sweet potato vines and Dragon Wing Begonias. Each planter has a Tea Olive or Ligustrum plant as the centerpiece surrounded by draping sweet potato vines and Bronze/Green Leaf Begonias.

Palmetto Pride, which began in 1999, is a 501(c)(3) organization. The Palmetto Pride grants program assists existing and new organizations with the necessary resources to spearhead anti–litter and beautification efforts at the local level. The organization uses a four–pronged approach to litter reduction: education, enforcement, awareness, and pickup. Palmetto Pride attributes much of its success to its partners and volunteers who help keep SC beautiful.

City Center Partnership, Inc. (CCP) is a non– profit organization that manages South Carolina’s only managed Business Improvement District in the 36–block area bounded by Gervais, Elmwood, Assembly, and Marion Streets in downtown Columbia. The organization is funded by the property owners within the district boundaries.

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