Cruise-In & Music on Main to Kick-Off Summertime In Pickens, SC

Enjoy your summertime Saturday evenings in Pickens, SC with our Cruise-In & Music on Main events starting May 3, 2014.  Whether you are a resident, visitor, or just passing through, feel free to join us for a relaxing and enjoyable evening.

2014 Cruise-In Poster web

The August Cruise-In and Music on Main event has been rescheduled for August 16th with the Jamie Wright Review! August 16 Cruise-In

For a sponsorship or vendor registration form, Click Here

For more information, call the PRA Office at 864-878-0105 or visit

PHS National Art Society Paints Fire Department Mural

Fire art

May 6, 2014 — The Pickens High School National Art Society has worked since November on painting a mural in the Pickens Fire Department. Under the leadership of Dr. Hicks, ten students rendered a 1987 Pierce Dash pumper owned by the Pickens Fire Department and an antique Seagrave pumper in the mural. The theme was transitioning from old to new and includes former and current fire department patches. Also included is a tribute to the fallen Twin Towers and the memory of September 11, 2001. Included in the picture with Mayor David Owens and Fire Chief Chris Elrod is Dr. Hicks, Breanna Miles, Kyle McManis, Alexis Day, Ally Gardner, Darra Long, Dakota Malsch, and Sarah Forest. Students that contributed but not pictured are Kristian Blackwood, Allison Rogers, and Anne Mason. On behalf of the City of Pickens and Fire Chief, Chris Elrod we would like to thank Dr. Hicks and all the students involved in a job well done to bring pride to the Fire Station.

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Construction Begins on Town Creek Bike Park

The City of Pickens is excited to announce the commencement of construction on Town Creek Park.  Starting Monday, March 24, 2014 through April 18, 2014, the Playground of Promise, Tennis Courts and Town Creek Trail will be closed for construction.

For the full announcement on the construction on Town Creek Park, Click Here.


2014 Facade Improvement Grant Program–Applications Taken May 1st to August 1st

The City of Pickens Façade Improvement Grant Program (FIGP) provides financial assistance to commercial property owners and business owners in the City Center and Gateway Overlay Districts that qualify for façade improvements.  The purpose of the Façade Improvement Program is to support the revitalization of the City’s Overlay Districts by stimulating private investments in high-quality improvements that enhance the appearance of buildings and properties and eliminate blight and non-conforming design standards.

Applications will be taken from May 1, 2014 to August 1, 2014.  For more information, see the links below.

Resource Material for the Facade Improvement Grant Program (FIGP)

The Pickens Revitalization Association is available to assist potential applicants and answer questions at 864-878-0105.

PRA Announces Sponsorship & Advertising Opportunities

We hope you will consider sponsorship of one of our events here in Pickens!  We invite you to review the PRA Sponsorhip & Advertising Package which outlines each of our events and provide specific information about sponsorship levels.

Over the past 30 years, the Main Street movement has transformed the way communities think about the revitalization and management of their downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts.  Cities and towns across the nation have come to see that a prosperous, sustainable community is only as healthy as its core.

Pickens has been fortunate to be selected as a Main Street community in South Carolina.  Main Street empowers residents and business owners with the knowledge, skills, tools and organizational structure necessary to revitalize their downtowns, neighborhood commercial districts and cities into vibrant centers of commerce and community.

Pickens Revitalization Association (PRA), is dedicated to the enhancement and preservation of sustainable growth in Pickens’ historic downtown area.  A non-profit organization, Pickens Revitalization Association was formed as a unique preservation-based economic development tool.  The goals of the PRA are:
» to grow Pickens’ businesses and retail base
» to cultivate tourism
» to revitalize downtown
» to support overall city improvement initiatives
» to create, manage and support promotional events

It is this last goal for which we need your support!  Pickens Revitalization Association needs partners in order to develop and manage successful promotional events.  The quality and amount of events we host each year depends upon community support as well as partnership with Pickens Revitalization Association and the City of Pickens.  We invite you to partner with us to make Pickens an even better place to live, work and play!

Sponsorship of Pickens Revitalization Association and our events will provide you with the opportunity to:
» Strategically generate visibility for your business
» Invest in the community through quality programming
» Associate your business with a successful community development initiative
» Support our mission of revitalizing downtown Pickens

Please do not hesitate to contact Pickens Revitalization Association with any questions about the events, sponsorship or our programs.  You can contact us via email at, via phone at 864.878.0105 or by visiting our website at  We look forward to hearing from you!

Techtronic Industries Helps Equip Pickens Fire Department

Pickens fire truck

The Pickens Fire Department has recently purchased an Equipment and Rescue Truck from Ayden Fire Department in North Carolina. The department is currently in the planning stage of preparing this truck for service in the community. This truck will be able to carry equipment and resources this department has never had before.  Part of the equipment that will be carried on this is power tools that were donated by Techtronic Industries North America, Inc. (TTI). TTI is donating a gas powered air compressor, a cordless power tool set and corded power tools.

This is not the first time TTI has aided the Pickens Fire Department. Each year they donate items the department is able to raise money with to support our Firefighter’s Assistance Fund.

Having a company such as TTI in our City is an asset not only economically but when needs such as this arise, they are willing to aid in making our community safer. Over the past several months we have developed a close working relationship with TTI in making sure our department is prepared for emergencies in their facility and assisting them with fire prevention efforts.  We have had the opportunity to go on site and train some of their employees in the proper use of a portable fire extinguisher and have more classes scheduled.

Representatives from TTI will be presenting the donated items on Friday January 17, 2014 at 9:30am. The presentation will take place at the Pickens Fire Department located at 302 Johnson St. Pickens. All are welcome to attend.


Chris Elrod, Fire Chief
Pickens Fire Department

City Finance Director Receives MCTI Certification

The City of Pickens Finance Director Denise Dyer recently graduated from the Municipal Clerks & Treasurers Institute (MCTI) which is a three-year certificate program that provides Municipal Clerks and Treasurers with the knowledge and skills critical to their profession.

Mayor David Owens and City Council recognized Denise at the December 2, 2013 Council Meeting.  Mayor Owens said “we thank Denise for her hard work and dedication to the City of Pickens.  Denise is an asset to the citizens of this town, and her continuing strive gained more knowledge and expertise in her field which only further protects the tax payers dollars and protects the assets of the City for many years to come.”

Congratulations Denise!