Rock Hill officials take Ohio ‘field trip’ to study bus systems, downtowns

Rock Hill city officials are taking a field trip.

Members of the city council and other city leaders will be taking a one-day trip to two cities in Ohio on Wednesday. They want to get a firsthand look at public transportation and downtown revitalization efforts in Cleveland and Kent, and see what lessons they can apply to Rock Hill.

Travelers will include Mayor Doug Echols, City Manager David Vehaun, a majority of the council, the city’s economic development director and business leaders in the city’s Knowledge Park Leadership Group.

The tour group will leave Rock Hill early Wednesday morning and arrive in Cleveland in time for a city presentation on the rapid transit bus system. City management and the Knowledge Park Leadership Group have been studying ways to use a streetcar to connect the downtown business district with the Winthrop University area, as well as alternative means of transportation.

Then after a quick lunch, city leaders will learn about downtown revitalization efforts in the nearby city of Kent, including a tour of the downtown area and meet with Dan Mahony, the outgoing Kent State dean who will take over the presidency of Winthrop University next month. After dinner, the group flies back to South Carolina, arriving back at Rock Hill City Hall sometime after 10 p.m.

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