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Travelers Rest administrator leaving for Simpsonville position

Travelers Rest City Administrator Dianna Gracely pictured at last year's groundbreaking ceremony at the new city hall complex on Trailblazer Drive. (Photo: James Richardson/Travelers Rest Tribune) Travelers Rest City Administrator Dianna Gracely pictured at last year's groundbreaking ceremony at the new city hall complex on Trailblazer Drive. (Photo: James Richardson/Travelers Rest Tribune)

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TRAVELERS REST, S.C. – Travelers Rest City Administrator Dianna Gracely has accepted a position with the city of Simpsonville.

Gracely, who has served Travelers Rest for the last 13 years, will be leaving on March 1 to become the neighboring municipality's administrator.

Under Gracely's leadership, the Travelers Rest Main Street revitalization plan was conceptualized and implemented, Furman University was annexed into the city, Trailblazer Park was developed, a new fire station was built, new business development grew, infrastructure was expanded, and construction of the future city hall complex was started, among other things.

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"The decision to leave Travelers Rest was an extremely difficult one, " Gracely said. "I am excited about the new challenges that lie ahead, particularly the opportunity to utilize my skills to make a positive impact on Simpsonville. But to say I will miss the people in TR is an understatement, as this community will forever be part of who I am."

Travelers Rest Mayor Brandy Amidon said "Gracely's knowledge, calmness, and creativeness will be greatly missed."

"She's become a fixture of our town and we know that won't change when she changes positions," Amidon said. "We wish her all the best and know that the city of Simpsonville is blessed to have her.'

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