Initiatives

At EngenuitySC, we’re focused on building partnerships and measuring success around five indicators of competitive communities: innovative capacity, talent, entrepreneurial/business environment, livability and strong industry clusters. Our activities, initiatives and projects can be directly linked to one or more of these indicators. 

Facilitating a collaborative focus on these economic indicators is the foundation for building a competitive edge that will accelerate economic progress. EngenuitySC serves as the community’s “collaboration vehicle”, facilitating a place where public, private and higher education sectors can come together to focus on building a more competitive Midlands. 

Columbia Regional Competitiveness Initiative | CRCI 

Leaders from the private sector, education and government gather quarterly to drive regional competitiveness to the forefront of the economic development agenda and learn about how they and their organizations can support our region’s efforts to become more economically competitive.  Progress on this  is measured in EngenuitySC’s annual regional competitiveness report.

Fuel Cell Collaborative 

The Fuel Cell Collaborative is working to attract top fuel cell and alternative energy companies and talent to the Columbia region. 

Ignite! 

Regional leaders and engaged citizens celebrate our community’s success stories in entrepreneurship and innovation at EngenuitySC’s annual flagship event

K-12 STEM

EngenuitySC is the Project Manager for the implementation of a federal STEM Education Coalition grant at Lower Richland High School. Under the high school's leadership, students are exposed to coursework that will prepare them for advanced study at the collegiate level, as well as highly skilled careers with our state's most innovative companies. 

NuHub 

NuHub was launched to maximize the economic and job creation impact of the nuclear enterprise on the midlands of South Carolina. It serves as a nuclear research, development, demonstration, education and economic development collaborative. 

Science Café 

Science Café brings citizens of the Midlands together monthly in a cool atmosphere to learn about the exciting research & entrepreneurial work taking place in SC through the SmartState program. 

Urban Land Institute 

The Midlands Reality Check region is expected to grow by 450,000 new residents in the next 30 years. We provided the staff support needed to execute an unprecedented, day-long exercise with 400 public, private and nonprofit sector participants and volunteers who worked together to establish a vision for how our region will grow by choice, not by chance in the next 30 years.