WHEREAS, Winthrop University is committed to being an active and supportive citizen of its host community; and

WHEREAS, the Old Town area of Rock Hill suffers from declining population, low household incomes, and vacant and deteriorated buildings; and

WHEREAS, the area now referred to as the Textile Corridor has over 1.5 million square feet of vacant and underutilized space; and

WHEREAS, the City of Rock Hill desires to see this corridor become a vibrant mixed-use center for housing, retail, restaurants, institutional uses, small businesses and education; and

WHEREAS, a revitalized Textile Corridor can stimulate significant economic activity and provide the potential for the creation of a "college town" atmosphere in proximity to the Winthrop campus, thereby adding to the quality of life for our university and the broader community; and

WHEREAS, the City of Rock Hill, Rock Hill School District Three, York County, Rock Hill Economic Development Corporation, York County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Winthrop University, and York Technical College have co-sponsored the creation of the Textile Corridor Master Plan;

THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED that the Board of Trustees of Winthrop University does hereby endorse the goals and strategies of the Textile Corridor Master Plan as a guide for realizing the revitalization of the Textile Corridor and does pledge its continued collaboration and support for this important initiative.

February 6, 2004