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. First published in 2014, the Competitiveness Report is an important benchmarking tool inspiring regional leaders to track progress and inform collaborative action.

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iTs|SC - Columbia’s Insurance Technology and Services cluster - establishes purposeful partnerships and leverages regional expertise to grow this $6B industry locally to create a competitive advantage. 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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Richland One District-Wide Partnership

Since 2013, EngenuitySC has worked with the district leadership, faculty, students and families of Richland One to connect students to promising futures in the Midlands. Through programs focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), entrepreneurship, soft skills, and connecting students to local businesses, we aim to expand each student’s options for the future and deepen their connection to the Midlands community. Currently, our programming serves 19 schools in the district.

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 computer science and engineering occupations in South Carolina. EngenuitySC provides students with opportunities for career exploration, job shadowing, internships and industry mentoring.

East Point Academy

EngenuitySC bolsters education at East Point Academy by providing curriculum and opportunities for exploration in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Our work enhances the school’s already unique and impressive offerings in Chinese Mandarin language immersion and the arts.

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 focuses on camaraderie and 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 highlights 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, spark conversation and connections that spur the Midlands forward. TEDxUofSC is an annual event hosted by The University of South Carolina.