Category Archives: Government

Residents Asked to Shape Future of Richland County through Ordinance Rewrite

(Richland PIO) – Residents are asked to share their visions for the future of their communities as Richland County prepares to revise its zoning and land development regulations. In 2015, residents participated in multiple series of public meetings and provided input that was used to craft updates to the County’s Comprehensive Plan, which is a…
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State parks department chief of staff awarded Order of the Palmetto

Columbia – Amy Duffy, the chief of staff for the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism, was presented with the prestigious Order of the Palmetto for exceptional service to the state and to the tourism industry. The order was authorized by former Gov. Nikki Haley in January before she accepted a position as…
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Columbia welcomes new class of Mayor’s Fellows for spring semester

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin welcomes 14 students for the spring semester of the Mayor’s Fellows program. The program provides both undergraduate and graduate-level students the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of how a high-energy local government operates. The fellowship caters to students seeking course credit or to those simply wishing to gain…
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Richland County program shows residents what tax dollars support

For more than 20 years, Richland 101 has been educating residents about how their tax dollars provide a variety of services and programs, such as emergency response, mosquito control, road maintenance and trash collection. This year, Richland 101 classes will be 6 p.m.-8 p.m. every Monday and Thursday from March 9-April 10. Classes will be…
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Public invited to submit input on state agencies through March 13

Columbia, SC - Speaker Jay Lucas and the South Carolina House of Representatives’ Legislative Oversight Committee are pleased to announce an online survey seeking citizens’ input on the next four agencies under study by the Committee. The next four agencies under study by this House Committee are the Department of Disabilties and Special Needs; State…
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Midlands Educator Leadership Experience Feb. 21

The Midlands Educator Leadership Experience is sponsored by the Midlands Education and Business Alliance and Colonial Life. February 21, 2017 Day at the Legislature 8:00 a.m.         Arrival/Continental breakfast South Carolina Department of Commerce 1201 Main St Ste 1600, Columbia, SC 29201 Palmetto Room, 16th floor Parking Instructions: Garage can be entered from Lady…
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State returns more than $27M in unclaimed property in 2016

Columbia, SC - Treasurer Curtis Loftis and the Unclaimed Property Program returned $27,924,549.95 in unclaimed property in the year 2016. "It's wonderful seeing the hard work of the Unclaimed Property Program pay off," said Treasurer Loftis. "Returning money to the people of South Carolina is one of the best parts of the job, and paying…
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Commerce Department’s Bob Marriott retiring after 53 years with state

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The S.C. Department of Commerce announced that Robert E. "Bob" Marriott, a longtime public servant, is retiring after 53 years of employment with the state. To recognize his contributions to the state of South Carolina, former Governor Nikki Haley has awarded Mr. Marriott the Order of the Palmetto. The Order of the…
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Revenue department to hold tax seminar for restaurants and bars March 9

The South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) will host a Sales & Use Tax Seminar for the restaurant and bar industry on Thursday, March 9, 2017. Topics covered during this seminar are sales, use and local taxes. Discussion will also touch base on software, maintenance and similar service contracts, as well as liquor by the…
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Columbia Design League collecting public design submissions for new city flag

Columbia, SC — The Columbia Design League, in partnership with One Columbia for Arts and History, is collecting public design submissions for a new city flag. Submissions will be accepted from now through April 10, 2017. Inspired by September 2016 presenter and flag design expert, Ted Kaye, the Columbia Design League launched the competition to…
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