is an admitted cheerleader for Rock Hill.
29 years here, Koterba
has relished community in-volvement.He was president of the Confederate Park Neighborhood Association for almost six years.He
also has been involved with the redevelopment of the textile corridor as a member of the Old Town Roundtable
Last month, he
added something else to his
résumé when he
assumed the role of Neighborhood Empower-ment coordinator, replacing Melanie Brandon, who retired in April.Koterba
isn't a stranger to the Neighborhood Empowerment program.As president of the Confederate Park Neighborhood Association
watched the group improve the neighborhood park and rid the area of drug houses.
The good relationship he
shared with program leaders led him to pursue the coordinator's job.
"I saw firsthand how this program worked.It literally helped turn our neighborhood around," he
said."It wasn't always overnight.But it was progress, and it was perceivable progress."
The teamwork between Neighbor-hood Empowerment, neighborhood associations and city staff is a rarity these days, Koterba
A recent conference in Chattanooga, Tenn., with representatives from similar programs across the country convinced him of that.Other cities don't enjoy the synergy found here, he
"We are literally light-years ahead of them.It's amazing how people look to Rock Hill as an example," he
has lived in other cities, Cleveland and Cincinnati among them, but Rock Hill has a special quality, he
"Rock Hill is home," he
said, "and I absolutely love being here."