Category Archives: Government

City of Columbia to Open Misting Stations During Extreme Summer Heat

To assist the community in staying cool during the extreme summer heat, the City of Columbia has set up misting stations in several of the City’s parks. Misting stations will be in operation from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., when the heat index reaches 90 degrees or higher, at the following locations: Misting Stations: Owens…
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City of Columbia releases 2015 Water Quality Report

The City of Columbia, SC has released the 2015 Water Quality Report. This report is provided to all City of Columbia water customers to comply with the Consumer Confidence Reports Rule of the 1996 Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments.  This rule requires community water systems to disclose information about the quality and safety of their…
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Lost Creek Drive bridge reopens after 2015 flood damage

The City of Columbia has reopened the Lost Creek Drive Bridge to regular thru traffic. The historic floods last October washed out the bridge and left residents taking a detour through the neighborhood. The footers on the bridge were the major new construction part of the bridge repair. During the flood, the old footers were…
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Mayor Benjamin welcomes new Mayor’s Fellows to Columbia City Hall

Columbia, SC. – Mayor Steve Benjamin welcomes seven college students this summer to the Mayor’s Fellows program. The program provides both undergraduate and graduate-level students with 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 public…
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Department of Employment and Workforce launches new website

The S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) has launched a new version of the dew.sc.gov website. The update not only refreshes the look and feel of the site, it also reorganizes the site’s navigation. DEW reviewed site analytics and conducted internal interviews and focus groups in order to build and restructure the website. Some…
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Department of Commerce grants awarded to improve 14 S.C. communities

COLUMBIA, S.C.  - Fourteen communities from across South Carolina are slated to benefit from public improvement projects supported by nearly $8.9 million in funds from the latest round of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The South Carolina Department of Commerce is awarding CDBG funds to these communities, representing more than 13,900 residents, for…
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Columbia accepting applications to fill board vacancies

The City of Columbia is accepting applications to fill several vacancies on the following boards and commissions. Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee Seeking one (1) Applicant for Re-Appointment/Appointment from the Hospitality industry; one (1) Applicant for Re-appointment/Appointment from the Lodging industry; one (1) Applicant for Re-Appointment/Appointment who are considered At-Large businesspersons; and one (1) Applicant for…
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Columbia City Manager Appoints 3 New Interim Directors

The City Manager of Columbia has appointed three new interim directors due to the recent passing of the Director of the Community Development Department, Deborah Christie (formerly Deborah Livingston). Gloria Saeed, who currently serves as Executive Director for Columbia Housing and TN Development Corporations, both 501 c(3) affordable housing subsidiaries for the City of Columbia,…
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Charlton Whipple of Southern Economic Development Council named to federal council

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced the appointment of 19 private and public sector leaders to the newly established U.S. Investment Advisory Council (IAC). IAC members — representing U.S. companies, entities, and organizations with missions or activities that include the promotion or facilitation of foreign direct investment (FDI) — will serve…
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