President Barack Obama commended the Columbia Police Department during the 84th Winter Meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors in the nation's capital Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. President Obama applauded the efforts of the Columbia Police Department for their community based plan for task force implementation.
Mayor Steve Benjamin and Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook were in attendance at the conference focusing on community engagement.
"I am extremely proud of the work that Chief Holbrook and the Columbia Police Department have done to implement the reforms recommended by President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing," said Mayor Benjamin. "While at the conference, I have seen first-hand the commitment from Mayors and law enforcement to strengthen community relations," added Holbrook.
In a recent publication of the Municipal Association of South Carolina, Columbia, SC was praised for being a business friendly city. The City’s Economic Development Department has been helpful in assisting business owners with saving money. The article described a situation where a restaurateur was looking to install a grease trap for about $50,000. Ryan Coleman, director of the City’s Economic Development office, explained how they assisted the restaurateur by helping him save more than $30,000.
“Our wastewater guy looked at his usage, and we determined he didn’t need as big a system as he thought. He was looking at a system with a lot of extra bells and whistles that we didn’t require.”
For more information on Economic Development, visit www.columbiasc.net/economic-development.
To read the full article, visit http://www.masc.sc/.
To help honor and support the women affected by heart disease, the number #1 killer of women, the City of Columbia hosted the 2nd annual Go Red Columbia Fashion Show on Friday, March 11, 2016, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.
All proceeds from the Go Red Columbia Fashion Show benefit the American Heart Association.
The fashion show featured celebrity models, a “City Kids” segment, attire from local retail sponsors and entertainment. The event was hosted by Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine.
To view more images from the Go Red Columbia Fashion Show, visit the City’s photo gallery at go-red-columbia-fashion-show-2016.
The “Together We Can Read” (TWCR) initiative is a collaborative effort by the City of Columbia and Richland School District One that engages community leaders along with, local business leaders, local celebrities, officials, and students in the joys of reading. Elected officials from local government agencies and Richland One, and local celebrities read to all third grade students in Richland School District One.
Together, as a community, the City of Columbia and Richland One Schools hope to inspire a paradigm shift in our elementary schools to insure a bright future for our youth and community.
The goals for TWCR are as follows:
To view photos from this year's reading day, visit the City's photo gallery at http://thecityofcolumbia.tumblr.com/city-of-columbia-and-richland-school-district-one.