The Innovation Initiative
Calling any and all entrepreneurs, knowledge workers, designers, engineers, and creative & technical services individuals who want to be part of what’s going on here in Knowledge Park in the historic center of Rock Hill, SC.
The Knowledge Park Innovation Initiative is an effort underway currently by Rock Hill Economic Development Corporation, City of Rock Hill, Winthrop University, York Technical College, and a list of private sector partners as well. Current programs include:
The Connected Village
A Revitalizing Old Town
Knowledge Park is at the center of the Old Town of Rock Hill. It stretches from Winthrop University through the old textile corridor and spills into the historic main streets.
A New Culture and Economy
Knowledge Park is emergently bustling with tech, science, and service businesses creating a compelling culture of pizza, coffee, and craft beer.
2015 Knowledge Park Entrepreneur Competition
The Winthrop ICE Initiative with guest speaker Jennifer Bianchi
The Knowledge Park Technology Council: Rejeev Kulkarni
From the Inside
Marketing, Family Trust Federal Credit Union"As a Rock Hill native who graduated from Winthrop, made my career at the credit union that was born from the Bleachery, (even has family members who worked there), to me Knowledge park is the most exciting thing to happen to Rock Hill. I can’t wait for Family Trust’s headquarters to open right across the street from where it all began. What a view it will be watching Knowledge Park develop and change this city over the next few years."
Owner, Millstone Pizza and McHale's Irish Pub"There's energy here. I wouldn't be so invested in the place if I didn't feel it and see it every day."
Director of Multimedia, RevenFlo"I live and work in the Knowledge Park area, so I get to see first-hand every day how much downtown Rock Hill is thriving and growing. There is a great local art and music scene, businesses that are doing innovative and important things, and some great places to grab a beer or a coffee. I'm excited to watch the area continue to flourish, to eat the food at future restaurants, and to see what or who is attracted here next."
Principal, Vinyet Architecture"The development of Knowledge Park serves a much greater purpose than just a literal connection to downtown; it is bridging a generational gap by introducing new approaches to design and use of space on a historic site. The appeal of the visionaries' plan is something Rock Hill has been longing for and as a local, growing architecture firm we are excited about its opportunities."
Co-founder, SPAN Enterprises & SecondBrick Ventures"Knowledge Park and I have a common goal: creating jobs in Rock Hill. Together, we'll keep skilled workers right here on Main Street."
E-Commerce Manager, Springs Creative"Knowledge park provides a little bit of everything. Great spot for lunch and happy hour gatherings after a long day’s work…and so conveniently located!"