About Knowledge Park

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The Knowledge Park will be the dynamic center of Rock Hill’s 21st century economy. Designed to be home to knowledge economy businesses and jobs, it is technologically advanced, yet rooted in the city’s rich history.

Supported by a diverse community of learners, it offers an appealing urban lifestyle built upon a model of economic and environmental sustainability.


Project Summary

The development of the Knowledge Park is led by the Knowledge Park Leadership Group.  A collaboration of public and private leaders from education, business, and government have come together to lead change.  The partners in this effort bring real estate, development projects, and expertise to this effort.

The Knowledge Park includes a number of key landmarks and locations in Rock Hill.  The Knowledge Park stretches from Comporium Communications’ headquarters and the Old Town East development project to Winthrop University.  Other key landmarks within the redevelopment area include Rock Hill City Hall, The Cotton Factory, Main Street (downtown core), and the former Rock Hill Printing and Finishing (Bleachery) property.

The Knowledge Park Leadership Group has launched this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) seeking developers to execute this economic development vision.  Developers are encouraged to submit their qualifications and ideas to serve as a lead (master) developer or to serve as an individual project developer.  Responses are due to this RFQ by April 8, 2013.

Knowledge economy businesses are being targeted with this effort.  A large concentration of information-based jobs is already present in the Knowledge Park at employers like Williams and Fudge, Comporium Communications, and The Start Group.  Knowledge economy businesses are compatible with this effort because of various assets and efforts that the Knowledge Park offers:

  • A mixed-use, genuinely urban environment with historic buildings, great character, and places to shop, meet, dine, and unwind – all connected by a proposed streetcar.
  • Efforts to deliver advanced technology infrastructure – telecommunication and electric services – which provide these information-based industries with essential infrastructure.
  • A cost-effective solution, created by tailored tenant incentives, publicly funded new infrastructure, tax credits for developers (who can then deliver low-cost space), and a well-developed network of public and private support.
  • An educated workforce supply, with skills and knowledge gained at Winthrop University and York Technical College.

The Knowledge Park is a multi-faceted undertaking containing these key attributes:

  • 18 development opportunities – real development projects with sponsors, probable financing, and planning already in place.
  • 22 public and private partners who have come together to lead the development of the Knowledge Park.
  • An offering of 13 available development sites, under control by members of the Knowledge Park Leadership Group, that are suitable for residential, office, institutional, or commercial development.
  • Key economic development initiatives that create competitive advantages or serve as catalysts, including: potential streetcar throughout the Knowledge Park, technology incubator (launch 1st quarter 2013), deployment of advanced technology to serve our target industries, customized incentives to serve our target businesses.