City of Columbia featured in Business in Focus Magazine
As the South Carolina state capital, Columbia’s economy is anchored by the public sector. In addition to the state government, the city is home to the University of South Carolina’s main campus. The university is a major employer as well as reliable supplier of educated workers for local industry.
While the public sector still dominates economically, Columbia’s private sector is gaining significant ground as manufactures pour into the city. “The public sector is complemented by a growing and thriving manufacturing economy,” says Mayor Stephen K. Benjamin. The insurance industry also enjoys a strong foothold in Columbia.
Columbia’s central location is a major draw for private enterprise. The city is located in the geographic center of the state, just two hours from the mountains and two hours from the coast.
The Municipal Association of SC Considers Columbia to be a Business Friendly City
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.”
U.S. News and World Report Ranked Columbia SC #46 in Best Places to Live
The City of Columbia is proud to announce that we were recently ranked number 46 in best places to live for being a desirable place to live having a strong job market, and having a high quality of life. The article also gave quick statistics about the job market, schools and the Colleges and Universities, one of which earned a place on U.S. News & World Report’s Best College ranking.
Columbia Police Department Highlighted in American Police Beat Magazine
The Columbia Police Department was recently featured in the American Police Beat Magazine for their community service efforts and for providing the best services during the City’s trying times. Inspired by the President's Task Force 21st Century Policing recommendations to rebuild community relations and improve training. Chief William “Skip” Holbrook and his staff created the “City of Columbia Implementation Plan – Moving from Recommendations to Action.”
“I strongly urge my fellow chiefs and anyone who works on policy issues I their agency to read the Task Force report and start working with their elected officials and community member to implement the recommendations.”