The Leadership Institute is involved in a wide variety of community and economic development projects. Below is a sampling:
- Lower Savannah River Alliance Educational Greenway – developed from the old Hwy 301 elevated roadbed, the Greenway is a beautiful nature trail that is perfect for walking, running or strolling. It ends on the decommissioned Savannah River Bridge, offering unparalleled views of the Savannah River. The Leadership Institute was instrumental in obtaining funding for the project, as well as coordination of grants and other monies. Future plans include turning the Old SC Welcome Center into an interpretive/educational facility, and lengthening the trail to run continuously from the building all the way to the river.
- Salkehatchie Arts – A non-profit organization founded in 2006, this organization’s mission is to “…encourage the development of the arts and arts-based activities throughout the Salkehatchie region”. Salkehatchie Arts accomplishes this through three main focus areas:
- Salkehatchie Arts Center – A retail outlet for regional artists, the Salkehatchie Arts Center showcases work from nearly 100 area artists.
- Salkehatchie Stew – Oral history initiative that seeks to record and preserve regional stories, and to present them in entertaining formats which include ‘tellabrations’, storytelling festivals and an annual folk-life play.
- GoSalk.com – Content-rich website that details all there is to see and to do in the Salkehatchie region, its goal is to encourage arts-, heritage-, nature-, and history-based tourism.
The Salkehatchie Leadership Institute has been instrumental in obtaining funds for a variety of projects in the region. This theater and its renovations have been greatly aided by grant funds awarded from USDA’s Rural Development Agency.