If you have passed by the City of Hartsville Public Service Department on West Carolina Avenue lately, you may have noticed a transformation there. The office space has been split up, with the Public Service offices remaining open in the rear of the building, the new front office area undergoing a remodeling, with its walls painted in many vibrant colors.
This office’s unusual and creative appearance will hopefully mirror the program soon to be launched in it: the Duke Energy Center for Innovation in Hartsville. Part of a program created by the Clemson University Institute for Economic and Community Development, this business incubator has been made possible with a grant from the Duke Foundation, and serves as one of the first programs to be driven by the newly formed Hartsville Community Development Foundation. The office space itself was provided by Hartsville City Council. Going forward, the center will be supported not by tax dollars but by private investment.