Dear Editor,

As a 15 year realtor in this community and other communities, I have seen the change and growth to our roads, schools and economy. Our residents’ quality of life should be at the core of everything we do. Population growth in Rock Hill has steadily increased over the last decade. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 8,304 more residents moved to Rock Hill between 2010 and 2019 and as we continue to grow our economy, more will continue to come and enjoy the quality of life that our town provides.

With many development projects coming its way, including the Carolina Panthers new practice facility, Rock Hill will continue to see increased growth, jobs and consumer demand. However, balancing small town living with an influx of people is a concern of our residents. These concerns include infrastructure, roads, traffic and transportation. We have already started to improve transportation with the addition of the free bus system which is to be expanded in upcoming years; Pennies for Progress continues to make differences in our roads and thus traffic and our government continues to work on the infrastructure. However, we can be even better!

According to a recent South Carolina REALTORS® (SCR) member survey, 55% of respondents believe their county is reactive when it comes to population growth rather than being proactive— and that’s a call to action. 

Recently, SCR launched the South Carolina Good Life Initiative, a project focused on promoting the standard of living that South Carolinians are accustomed to and want to maintain. 

With the South Carolina Good Life Initiative, SCR is prioritizing the concerns of residents, making sure they are being heard and addressed. The project makes an effort to turn challenges into opportunities to benefit the community. 

SCR is committed to preserve everything that makes South Carolina a great place to live. This would mean protecting Rock Hill’s small-town feel, character and quality of life, while supporting the exponential development and growth coming its way. 

I support this project and encourage other realtors, elected officials and community leaders to learn more about the Good Life Initiative. For more information, visit or email


Colleen Coesens
South Carolina REALTORS ®