EngenuitySC to Host Midlands Regional Competitiveness Week, Jan. 28-Feb. 1

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) – EngenuitySC, a Columbia-based nonprofit focused on enhancing the Midlands’ competitiveness and prosperity, has announced the schedule for its second annual Midlands Regional Competitiveness Week. Happening Jan. 28 through Feb. 1, 2019 and presented by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, the week will include events revolving around the ideas, initiatives and people impacting long-term competitiveness across the Midlands. Find full details here:

Unveiling of 2018 Midlands Regional Competitiveness Report

The week will kick off with the unveiling of EngenuitySC’s 2018 Midlands Regional Competitiveness Report, a benchmarking tool providing data and analysis on the economic competitiveness of the Midlands in relation to other regions in the Southeast. The event is Monday, Jan. 28 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the newly renovated second floor loft at the Columbia Museum of Art in downtown Columbia, S.C. Registration is required. Interested parties may sign up to attend free of charge here:

Members of the EngenuitySC team and board will be joined by leaders from local municipalities, members of the Midlands Business Leadership Group (MBLG: a coalition 50+ CEOs and executives from the region’s largest employers), private sector leaders, nonprofit leaders, and individuals who are interested in learning more about the region’s economic competitiveness.

Speakers will include Dr. Doug Woodward, research economist at the Darla Moore School of Business, John Carrington, CEO of ZVerse, and Steve Benjamin, founding co-chair of EngenuitySC and Mayor of Columbia, S.C. In addition, John Folsom (MBLG Chair and President and CEO of Colliers International | South Carolina) will share an update on the MBLG’s competitiveness initiatives and announce an exciting new, major regional collaboration at the event.

Scott Graves, an EngenuitySC board member and president of the Private Business Division at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, notes the value of solid data and its role in continuing the region’s upward mobility.

“On behalf of EngenuitySC, we are eager to once again announce the results of the Midlands Regional Competitiveness Report,” says Graves. “Understanding the data and how it informs the Midlands’ next steps is critical for the continued economic prosperity and competitiveness of the region. We know that the Midlands is a great place to live, learn, work and play, but there are things we can do to continue our story of success. This report highlights our progress and outlines data-driven opportunities.”

View prior years’ reports and find the 2018 report after its Jan. 28 release here:

Events Open to the Public: Steel Hands Brewery, Growth in Lexington, Life Sciences
Public events during Midlands Regional Competitiveness Week include a panel discussion on Lexington County’s rapid development, a panel discussion at Nephron Pharmaceuticals highlighting the Midlands’ life sciences industry, and an event at the newly opened Steel Hands Brewery in Cayce on the ways in which breweries around the state are impacting their local communities.

“This year, we are proud to present a diverse roster of events that truly offers something for everyone,”

says Meghan Hickman, executive director of EngenuitySC. “Specifically, we are thrilled that so many of our events are happening across the region in both Lexington and Richland Counties. We welcome community members from both sides of our river to come together to engage in important conversations that we hope will drive positive change for the Midlands.”

A public-private partnership that manages some of the most impactful initiatives in the Midlands, EngenuitySC is guided by a board of highly engaged community and business leaders. The board is steered by founding co-chairs Steve Benjamin, Mayor of Columbia, S.C. and Dr. Harris Pastides, president of the University of South Carolina, under the leadership of current board chair Lee Bussell of Chernoff Newman. Find out more about EngenuitySC at

Complete details for events held during Competitiveness Week can be found at

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