EngenuitySC, along with friends and partners, will host Competitiveness Series 2021, a sequence of programming that will celebrate our region’s successes, investigate our future opportunities, and discuss hot topics affecting life in the Midlands.


EngenuitySC’s Competitiveness Series 2021 is presented by:


Competitiveness Report Launch

7th Annual Midlands Regional Competitiveness Report

Zoom Webinar

Monday, Jan. 25 at Noon

On January 25, EngenuitySC will launch the 2021 Midlands Regional Competitiveness Report with a lunchtime event online. Learn how our region is progressing in relation to others in the Southeast, and set your sights on where we go from here.

Sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina

Roundtable Discussion

Zoom/Invitation Only

Monday, Jan. 25 at 4:00 P.M.

On January 25, after the online launch of the Midlands Regional Competitiveness Report, this Roundtable Discussion will offer the chance to take a deeper dive into the report’s findings. This exclusive event is for EngenuitySC’s supporters and closest partners.

Sponsored by Dominion Energy

On the Table

On the Table Insights & Impact


Thursday, February 11 at Noon

For the last three years, thousands of community members have voiced their opinions during On the Table conversations. The participants have engaged in meaningful dialogue, formed deep connections, and participated in a ripple of action that is making our community stronger. Tune in to learn how these conversations are transforming our community, one conversation at a time.

Produced by the Central Carolina Community Foundation

Public Health

Combating Health Disparities: Narrowing the Gap in the Midlands

Zoom Webinar

Wednesday, April 14 at Noon

While the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light the importance of public health, it has been a long time metric for the economic success and competitiveness of an area. For instance, the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index – an annual survey of physical, community, social, purpose and financial well-being – is one metric used to determine the Livability Index in the annual Midlands Regional Competitiveness Report. The report, produced by EngenuitySC, measures the Columbia MSA’s relative competitiveness to its peer cities in the Southeast. While we always seem to be celebrating the opening of a new restaurant, brewery, or housing development, we haven’t seen consistent improvement in Livability rankings. A primary reason is our region’s disparities in public health.

EngenuitySC will host Regina M. Benjamin, MD, MBA, who served as the 18th U.S. surgeon general (2009-2013), in a discussion on disparities in public health and how to narrow the gap. By providing equal access to all, the Midlands can become a better place for all to live, learn, work and play.

Workforce Equity

Midlands Business Leadership Group presents Workforce Equity


Tuesday, April 27 at Noon

Over the past several months, the Midlands Business Leadership Group has sponsored research into the current state of workplace equity in our region. Company leaders, HR professionals, and the public are invited to this interactive workshop to learn about the research findings and recommendations for attracting, recruiting, and retaining employees who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Due to its interactive design, this event is limited to 75 attendees.

Sponsored by Chernoff Newman

EngenuitySC’s Competitiveness Series 2021 is presented by:

And sponsored by:

Arnold Companies
BullStreet District
Central Carolina Community Foundation
Colliers International | South Carolina
Columbia Chamber of Commerce
First Citizens Bank
First Community Bank
Greater Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center
Insurance Advantage
John Lumpkin
Lexington Medical Center
LLE Construction
Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative
Nelson Mullins
Parker Poe
Public and Education Partners
Richland County
Lexington County
City of Columbia
City of Cayce
University of South Carolina
Midlands Technical College