Midlands Regional Competitiveness Report

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

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What’s Next Midlands

What's Next Midlands is an idea hub that inspires community action. What's Next Midlands rallies the ideas, community partners, volunteers, and funds needed to make your ideas happen. Four projects are selected for implementation each year by What's Next members who understand that your ideas can make us a world class community.

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Richland County School District One STEM

In June of 2013, EngenuitySC launched a brand new program in partnership 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. In June of 2015, thanks to the leadership of Richland County School District One, that program was expanded to include the arts - taking us from STEM to STEAM - and was extended to the two cluster middle schools, Hopkins and Southeast Middle Schools.

Richland County School District Two CAT

The Carolina Alliance for Technology (CAT) program redesigns the high school experience and creates a more personalized, hands-on learning community within Ridge View and Westwood High Schools. EngenuitySC provides opportunities for career exploration, job shadowing, industry mentoring and service learning projects.

Midlands Mayors Forum

The Midlands Mayors Forum is a collaborative of all 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.