Letter to the Editor:
Former Travelers Rest City Administrator Dianna Gracely, who served the City for the last 13 years, has accepted the position and is now the city administrator for Simpsonville.
“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.”
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During 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 and expanded, infrastructure was expanded and development and construction of the future City Hall complex was started. She was an intricate part of the development of the Swamp Rabbit Trail within the city and capitalized on the economic impact it could have for Travelers Rest. She also guided several economic studies and was instrumental in the branding/identification of Travelers Rest.
As her tenure in TR lengthened, council members recognized how highly she is respected and regarded throughout the entire state for her knowledge and expertise in municipal government. This was further supported by the awards and recognition given to Travelers Rest from the Municipal Association of South Carolina for the Main Street revitalization project and the Trailblazer Park development she implemented and completed.
By proclamation at the February city council meeting, February 26, 2018, was designated as Dianna Gracely Day in Travelers Rest.
Friends and colleagues gathered at Shortfields for a drop in to express their gratitude for her dedicated service and to wish Dianna goodbye and send her on with best wishes in her new chapter of life.
- Travelers Rest City Councilman Grant Bumgarner
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