Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin

49 murdered in Orlando last year, remembered in Columbia, Monday

A year ago, 49 people were murdered at an Orlando nightclub. Monday, Columbia sent the message that they are not forgotten. “Today we remember the lives of some beautiful, talented, smart, friendly and loved individuals,” said Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, who spoke at the event. “The dark and heinous act that took their lives was meant to evoke terror and…

Midlands Gives going on all day Tuesday, until 11:59 tonight

1/5Pine Ridge Mayor David Busbee Show Caption Hide Caption 2/5Mayors Michael Bishop, Springdale and Cayce Mayor Elise Partin Show Caption Hide Caption 3/5Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin Show Caption Hide Caption 4/5Lexington Mayor Steve MacDougall Show Caption Hide Caption 5/5Michael Ross, Mayor of Blythewood Show Caption Hide Caption Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin shooting baskets for charity funding. (Photo Terry Ward) The…

Mayor Steve Benjamin, City of Columbia hosting Let’s Move Columbia Easter Eggstravaganza with eggs-ercises

Mayor Steve Benjamin and the City of Columbia to Host Let’s Move! Columbia Easter Eggstravaganza Click to enlarge WHAT: Join Mayor Steve Benjamin and his family along with the City of Columbia for the 7th annual Let’s Move! Columbia Easter Eggstravaganza. This year’s event will include an Easter Egg Hunt, games, eggs-ercises, face painting, exhibitors, refreshments and more! WHO: Mayor…

Benjamin, McLeod are part of Books 2 Girls book fair

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin and Sen. Mia McLeod were part of the Books 2 Girls book fair on Wednesday. The event was held in collaboration with the Richland Library and City of Columbia Parks and Recreation, The book fair was at Greenview Park. McLeod and Benjamin were guest readers for the girls who attended. Categories: Columbia, Richland County Tags: Books…

Columbia’s Mayor Benjamin, agencies unify for basketball tournament

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin is partnering with Columbia Parks and Recreation and public safety agencies for a Black History Month Basketball Tournament WHAT: Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, Columbia Parks & Recreation and several public safety agencies have joined together for the first Black History Month Basketball Tournament in a regional approach to build strong, lasting relationships with youth and the…

AT&T announces 100 percent fiber network for Columbia area

AT&T announced it is offering “Ultra-Fast Internet Speeds” for Columbia residential and business customers. Photo from Tuesday press conference in Columbia. ATT officials and Mayor Steve Benjamin. (Photo Submitted.) The new technology was announced Tuesday morning in Columbia at a press conference that included Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin. “We are excited to add Columbia to the growing list of areas…

AT&T to unveil new technology Tuesday

AT&T has announced it will unveil new technology on Tuesday in Columbia. What: AT&T South Carolina State President Pamela Lackey and AT&T Director of External Affairs Ted Creech will join Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin and AT&T executives for a major announcement about new technology coming to the Columbia area. Who: Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin Pamela Lackey, AT&T South Carolina State…

Columbia protesters denounce Trump immigration order

The group ranged in age from children to seniors, and several races and religions also were represented

About three dozen people gathered in front of the State House on Sunday to protest the immigration restrictions imposed by President Donald Trump. Dozens gathered Sunday in Columbia to protest President Trump’s controversial order on immigration, joining other cities across the nation. (Photos by Allen Wallace) The demonstration, which followed larger-scale protests in dozens of cities such as New York,…

Columbia ranks first in South Carolina in livability

But Columbia MSA has work to do in other key areas, report concludes

The Columbia metropolitan statistical area (MSA) is ranked higher than Greenville and Charleston MSAs and is tied with Raleigh in livability, according to EngenuitySC’s third annual Midlands Regional Competitiveness Report. 2016 Midlands Regional Competitiveness Report USC President Harris Pastides presents Engenuity’s report Friday in Columbia. (Photo by Jeff Blake) The report, announced Friday by Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin and USC…

Software firm announces major Columbia expansion

A Columbia-based software firm announced it is set to rapidly expand its operations. Rendering of First Base Building (Image provided) TCube Solutions will be next new tenant of the First Base Building at the BullStreet development adjacent to Spirit Communications Park on the grounds of the state’s former mental hospital, the company announced. The firm, which services the insurance industry…

Columbia Mayor Benjamin, others spread joy of reading as part of extended Books 2 Boys program

The next round of book fairs will provide approximately 1,500 books to boys in grades 1-5

Folks in Columbia are hoping to spread the joys and benefits of reading to young boys — again. Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin (Photo provided) Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, along with Richland Library and City of Columbia Parks and Recreation, will host two additional Books 2 Boys book fairs in November, the mayor’s office announced Monday. “The kickoff event (in September) was awesome,…

Leaked email shows Columbia Mayor Benjamin among early Clinton VP possibilities

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin (Photo provided) Amid all the hacked emails being leaked by the website WikiLeaks in an effort to derail the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton came this little tidbit Tuesday: Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin made the first cut of Clinton’s possible vice presidential candidate picks. (Read the email from Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta). The March 17…

Abandoned buildings get new life through revitalization project

The goal of the Columbia Empowerment Zone’s abandoned building program is to rehab and reuse abandoned and vacant buildings in the city. (Photo by Kelly Petty) Columbia’s downtown business corridors are filling up quickly with new businesses, and that’s putting a squeeze on available space, city officials say. Leaders of the Columbia Empowerment Zone (CEZ), a nonprofit corporation that promotes…

Small businesses in the spotlight this week

South Carolina’s small businesses employ more than 740,000 people, or 46.9 percent of the state’s workforce, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. With that in mind, the city of Columbia, Richland County and the Columbia Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to highlight the efforts of small businesses that help build the state’s economy. National Small Business Week recognizes…

Week-long celebration touts neighborhood development in Columbia

City leaders today kicked off a week-long celebration of what they consider to be the “lifeblood” of community life and development in Columbia. Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin discusses efforts of the city’s community development department. (Photo by Kelly Petty) National Community Development Week celebrates the more than 40 years Columbia’s community development department has worked to support the city’s neighborhoods….

Cola City Council faces fiscal challenges as budget deliberations begin

Mounting costs for water and sewer infrastructure projects and employee health insurance are likely to create a fiscal shortfall in the 2016-2017 budget for the city of Columbia. The City Council began its annual budget deliberations Tuesday by reviewing preliminary revenue estimates for the city’s general fund. The current operating budget is expected to increase 2.6 percent — about $3…

Hot spot: Midlands attractions garnering awards and tourists

For Columbia city leaders, the recent announcement that the South Carolina State Museum has earned the Governor’s Cup Award from the South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department is proof that the Midlands is becoming one the state’s hottest spots for travel and tourism. The new observatory dome is lifted to the roof of the South Carolina State Museum in 2014…

Midlands gets more than $60 million in HUD flood recovery funds

Additional federal funds for flood recovery are coming to the Midlands while elected officials continue to figure out which projects will get the money. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will issue more than $60 million to the city of Columbia, Richland County and Lexington County. The funds are part of nearly $157 million awarded to South Carolina…

Hillary Clinton decisively takes South Carolina in presidential preference primary

Hillary Clinton trounced challenger Bernie Sanders during Saturday night’s First of the South Democratic presidential preference primary in South Carolina. The former Secretary of State beat the Vermont senator by taking about 73 percent overall among the state’s voters. Clinton took 75 percent of the vote in Richland County and 61 percent percent in Lexington. Sanders earned 25 percent of…

Columbia officials end practice of transferring water, sewer dollars into general fund

Columbia leaders officially have ended the city’s policy of pulling money from the water and sewer fund to cover part of the general fund budget. A new resolution passed unanimously by City Council last week eliminates transfers from the water and sewer fund with the exception of expenses in the general fund that can be attributed to water and sewer. “It hasn’t always…

Natural gas company to make $10 million investment with new Columbia facility

A provider of natural gas throughout the Southeast is moving its headquarters and operations to the city of Columbia, bringing millions of dollars in investment to the Midlands. Dominion Resources Services Inc. is relocating Dominion Carolina Gas Transmission to Columbia, a move that will add $10.9 million in investment to the Columbia area. The existing 120-person staff also will be moved from…