Celebrating a Proud Past... a Promising Future

To create a promising future in a place which inspires people to achieve their best through nurturing partnerships and loyalties while enhancing the experience of a small historic southern town.

The BDDA is dedicated to the development, growth, and preservation of Bennettsvilles' historic downtown area.

Leadership Bennettsville

Leadership Bennettsville classes teach leadership skills and take a well-rounded look at “The Bennettsville Story” as well as Marlboro County. The purpose of Leadership Bennettsville is to interest our local citizens in taking leadership roles to further help our area grow and prosper and to preserve our historic legacy. Nearly 100 folks have taken and graduated from the course directed by Executive Director, Executive Director of the BDDA.

Over thirty local community leaders give information on city and county governments, civic clubs, education, and arts and culture, also the histories of Bennettsville and Marlboro County and leadership skills. If you would like to talk with graduates, a list can be furnished.

To receive further information call BDDA at 843/479-3869 or email Classes are held on the third Thursday of each month for eleven months.

Leadership Bennettsville - 12th Year Graduation

The 2015-2016 Bennettsville Leadership Class graduated in the Kinney room at the Marian Wright Edelman Library on Thursday April 21st, 2016. Guest speaker for the event was a former Leadership Bennettsville graduate, Woody Graham, Environmental Engineer at Domtar Paper Company. He challenged the group to use the training received during the year to become more involved in the activities of Bennettsville and Marlboro County. Pictured above are members of the graduating class, left to right: Chris Burks, Terri Cook, Matt Haynie, Kim Willis, David Shephard, Joy Graham, Executive Director, director, Davida Holiday, Joette Barnhill, Mel West and Joey Jones. The new Leadership Bennettsville Class will begin on May 19th, 2016. If interested call 843-479-3869.