The GREAT TOWN program (GREAT = GOVERNOR'S RURAL ECONOMIC ACHIEVEMENT TROPHY), initiated in 1976 by the South Carolina State Development Board, was a self-help program for communities with a population of less than 15,000. The towns voluntarily chose to enter the program and through broad community participation, achieve the standards of preparation excellence established by the State Development Board. The purpose was to help the small towns organize an industrial development program and enhance their ability to successfully support industrial development.
The Great Town leaflets are 4 page documents with pictures from the community and sections on the government, civic institutions, infrastructure, transportation, taxes, and major employers. The Digital Collections has Great Town documents from 1982-1985 for 105 communities in South Carolina.