Midlands Regional Competitiveness Report

The Midlands Regional Competitiveness Report is an annual publication that scores the Columbia MSA and peer regions on five indicators of competitive communities: innovation, talent, entrepreneurial and business environment, livability and industry clusters. The report, first published in 2014, is an important benchmarking tool for regional leaders to track progress and inform collaborative action.

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iTs|SC - Columbia’s Insurance Technology and Services cluster - is a unique organization focused on establishing purposeful partnerships, creating a competitive advantage and leveraging regional expertise to grow the industry locally. This group of collaborative, passionate leaders from across industry, education and economic development is working together to make Columbia the place companies and people want to be and have to be for insurance and technology services.

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What’s Next Midlands

What's Next Midlands is an idea hub that inspires community action. Neighbors throughout the Midlands offer ideas to make our region more welcoming, friendly and buzz-worthy. Social investors fund a handful of livability projects each year - projects that are delivered by individuals and organizations, guided by the staff of EngenuitySC. We’re always looking for What’s Next!

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Richland County School District One STEM

In June of 2013, EngenuitySC launched a new program with Lower Richland High School to educate students, teachers and parents on the importance of STEM and expose them to career opportunities and pathways to success available in the Midlands. Over the past five years, thanks to the leadership of Richland County School District One, that program has expanded to include the arts - taking us from STEM to STEAM - and has extended to three more schools in the Lower Richland cluster: Hopkins and Southeast Middle Schools and Gadsden Elementary School. Also, as of the 2017-2018 school year, we’re proud to be delivering our signature entrepreneurship and soft skills programs at CA Johnson, Eau Claire and Columbia High Schools.

Richland County School District Two CAT

The Carolina Alliance for Technology (CAT) program in Richland County School District Two redesigns the high school experience and creates a more personalized, hands-on learning community within Ridge View and Westwood High Schools. The program focuses on addressing the skills gap in high-growth H1-B computer science and engineering occupations in South Carolina. EngenuitySC provides students with opportunities for career exploration, job shadowing, internships and industry mentoring.

Midlands Mayors Forum

The Midlands Mayors Forum is a collaborative of all the mayors in Richland and Lexington Counties, as well as mayors from Sumter and Camden, S.C. Started six years ago by the Mayor of the City of Columbia, the Forum has focused on relationship building and communication. Understanding that we are one region, the Mayors have now taken the group to a more formal level by working with EngenuitySC to focus on collaborative actions that enhance each of our cities and lead to a stronger, more competitive and prosperous Midlands.

Midlands Business Leadership Group

The Midlands Business Leadership Group (MBLG) has stepped up to lead a collaborative effort focused on enhancing regional competitiveness, prosperity and growth in the Midlands. Using the Midlands Regional Competitiveness Report as one of multiple tools to chart a path and measure success, MBLG, with support from EngenuitySC, is bringing partners together to identify the regional challenges, prioritize the biggest opportunities, define the gaps, and catalyze action.

Do Good Columbia

Do Good Columbia is a weekend-long, collaborative, immersive, citizen-centered design event convened and led by Richland Library. It draws upon the expertise of connected residents and diverse stakeholders to solve a community problem. In the initiative’s first year, the focus was on increasing access to Columbia’s rivers. EngenuitySC is proud to serve as the implementation partner, tasked with bringing the winning team’s creations to life.


TEDxUofSC will highlight our region's biggest and most challenging ideas - shared by those who are bringing them to life. Their "talks", combined with video of TED Talks from the past ten years, will spark conversation and connections that spur the Midlands forward.