Foundation Chair, Col. Curtis Lee, Receives Hettie Rickett Leadership Award

May 30, 2014 – Columbia, SC – The South Carolina Community Development Association awarded Col. Curtis Lee, chairman of the Community Foundation for a Better Hartsville, with the Hettie Rickett Leadership Award. 

Lee is the senior business leader for Oracle North/South America at Sonoco Products and a colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. As the chairman of the Community Foundation for a Better Hartsville, Lee has lead the charge to improve Hartsville’s economy, strengthen neighborhoods and bring more business and jobs to the growing Pee Dee city. Lee has been very personally involved in the creation of a new Hartsville Master Plan that outlines city planning documents to take Hartsville into the next phase of its development.

Leading the Foundation, Lee has been instrumental behind the creation and development of the Duke Energy Center for Innovation, a public-private partnership for technology-based business incubators. He also became a driving force behind reviving the Hartsville Young Professionals organization and behind creating affordable housing options in Hartsville.

The award is named for Hettie Rickett who worked to get water service to her hometown of Cassatt in Kershaw County to improve the community's quality of life. Rickett got involved with the Cassatt water district in 1972 at a time when water service was unavailable in her rural corner of the state. The Hettie Rickett Leadership Award recognizes those continuing qualities that are embodied in a leader in community development.

The SC Community Development Association provides a forum for learning about the community development process. Its members include municipal, county, regional and state community development professionals; employees of private companies with an interest in community development; elected officials and volunteers.

For more information about Col. Lee and the Hartsville program, contact Natalie Ziegler (natalie.zeigler@hartsvillesc.gov) at 843.339.2867.

Photo: Matthew Dewitt, SCCDA president; Colonel Curtis Lee, chairman of the Community Foundation for a Better Hartsville and Grazier Rhea, SCCDA vice president.