EngenuitySC’s 2019 Midlands Regional Competitiveness Week is presented by:

Join us January 28 – February 1 for a week of fascinating events revolving around the ideas, initiatives and people impacting our region’s long-term competitiveness, including the release of our annual Midlands Regional Competitiveness Report. Stay tuned to our social media and website for more #CompWeek19 updates.


Monday, January 28

Midlands Regional Competitiveness Report Launch

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Columbia Museum of Art
Registration required: MRCR Launch 2019
Sponsored by Spectrum

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Join us for the much-anticipated unveiling of EngenuitySC’s 5th Midlands Regional
Competitiveness Report! You’ll hear about areas of improvement in the Columbia region and where opportunities exist to drive our region’s competitiveness. This year, we’re headed to Columbia’s thriving Main Street for the release, to be held in the Columbia Museum of Art’s newly-renovated second-floor loft. Parking will be available in the Cannon Garage on Taylor St., and shuttles will be provided.

Tuesday, January 29

MBLG Regional Competitiveness Initiative – Report Out Event

8:30 – 10 a.m.
Invitation only

After a full year of collaboration and action, the Midlands Business Leadership Group is excited to bring partners together to share an update on the progress of their seven priority initiatives aimed at creating a more livable Columbia region.

Entrepreneurial Bootcamp Business Pitches

11 a.m. at Columbia High School
Closed to the public

A select cadre of students at Columbia High School has spent 11 weeks developing new business ideas under the tutelage of Paul Smith, Professor of entrepreneurship, marketing, and personal finance at Newberry College. Now it’s time to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges, Shark Tank style, and compete for start-up funding!

Mayor Benjamin’s State of the City Address

6:00 p.m. at USC School of Law
Open to the public

On Jan. 29, Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin will deliver his 9th State of the City Address. His remarks will highlight Columbia’s successes in 2018 and the city’s focuses for the year to come.

Wednesday, January 30

Richland One Teacher Discovery Day in the Sciences

8:30 am – 4:30 p.m.
Closed to the public

Science and Engineering teachers in Richland District One will connect with leaders in our region’s science and engineering firms to learn more about careers available to students and the educational routes that lead to those opportunities.

Leveraging Life Sciences in the Midlands: A Panel Discussion

3:30 – 5:00 p.m. at Nephron Pharmaceuticals
Registration required: Life Sciences Eventbrite
Sponsored by Nephron Pharmaceuticals

Columbia’s life sciences industry has grown exponentially over the past decade. New additions, such as Nephron Pharmaceuticals, and a renewed focus on groundbreaking research and high numbers of graduates at the University of South Carolina have the region buzzing about the industry’s potential. In a state with a broad focus on the life sciences cluster, the Columbia region stands a lot to gain – but what can be done to take advantage of this opportunity as the region grows rapidly?

Join industry and economic development leaders at Nephron Pharmaceuticals’ state-of-the-art facility for a panel discussion on opportunities and challenges for life and health sciences in the Midlands.

Only a limited number of spaces are available for this event, so register early!

Thursday, January 31

Breweries: Community Catalysts

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Steel Hands Brewing
Registration required: Brewery Eventbrite

Breweries have been known since ancient times as community gathering spots, where business is transacted, friends catch up and neighbors meet. In the past couple of decades, though, they’ve emerged as economic drivers for tourism and community development – one look at Asheville, NC is enough to see this! Join us at Steel Hands Brewery to hear how Steel Hands and other breweries around the state impact the communities around them.

Friday, February 1

Growth and Opportunity in Lexington

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Greater Lexington Chamber & Visitors Center
Registration required: Lexington Eventbrite

The Lexington area is growing quickly, thanks to a revitalized downtown, solid business climate, and quality schools. Hear from business and public sector leaders as they come together for a panel discussion on the county’s rapid development, touching on areas such as business growth, infrastructure, tourism and more.


EngenuitySC’s 2019 Midlands Regional Competitiveness Week is presented by:

Want to see highlights from last year?

Competitiveness Week 2018