In the early 2000s, important entities across the Columbia, S.C., region were working in a relatively siloed fashion, and a prevailing sentiment was growing, calling for more collaboration between the government, education and business sectors. Research trips conducted by area leaders to cities with advanced economic growth showed that those regions had established connective tissue to aid in collaborations. EngenuitySC was created in 2003 as a neutral third party to provide such connective tissue and help move regional collaborations forward. To this day, EngenuitySC is responsible for managing some of the most impactful initiatives in the region, from building the talent pipeline to increasing quality of life and providing an annual, data-driven measurement tool to guide leaders in moving our region forward.