First Anniversary




On Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin introduced the Envision Columbia vision statement during his State of the City Address. As we countdown to the first anniversary, here are some of the highlights of how we fulfilled the focus areas and goals of Envision Columbia. 

#FocusArea5: #EconomicProsperity #EndlessPossibilities: Sustainable transportation has been a significant area of interest for the public, as well as to the City of Columbia this year. Check out the video to see how we implemented goal 5  around the city. 

City Food Cooperative

Mayor @SteveBenjaminSC  held a press conference where he announced the launch of the City Foods Cooperative Marketplace’s Membership Drive on Oct. 20, 2017. The food cooperative is an initiative led by Mayor Benjamin designed to meet the community’s need for healthy food options 

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#FocusArea3 #ConnectingOurCommunity: In order for the city to maximize its full potential the public must engage & communities must be impacted. Our departments helped with this outreach by planning the 3rd Annual PARK(ing) Day event

Social Media Town Hall

Columbia City Council members hosted their Social Media Town hall, #EnvisionPowerHour on Feb. 9, 2017. During the #EnvisionPowerHour they discussed & answered questions about their Vision Statement on Twitter & Facebook live.#EnvisionColumbiaAnniversaryCountdown

State of the City Address

Columbia Mayor Steven Benjamin delivered the State of the City Address at the Darla Moore School of Business and outlined what the City of Columbia will look like in 2036 using the road map of the Envision Columbia Vision Statement. 

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  Installation of Envision Columbia Banners 


Anniversary Video

To celebrate our anniversary, we have compiled a video that captures how we have brought the Envision Columbia vision statement to life. Click here to watch the video.

Envision Columbia Women's Summit

More than 200 women were in attendance for the Envision Columbia Women’s Summit hosted by Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center on Tuesday, July 25, 2017.
Councilwoman Devine was thrilled with the turnout for the Summit, “It shows me that this was needed and that people are excited about the vision of Columbia and how they can be a part of it.”
When asked about the reason for the Women’s Summit, Councilwoman Devine said, “We look at particularly South Carolina but also nationally, women are not always in the leadership roles that are in the decision making process. The City of Columbia wants that voice to be really prevalent in how we plan for the future and how we implement the projects and services that we have at the City.”
Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin was in attendance to provide a welcome and opening remarks during the Summit.  
Councilwoman Devine assembled a panel of women who are leaders in their industries and who are making a difference in the Midlands. The panelists were: COMET Interim Executive Director and CEO Ann Dawson August; United Way of the Midlands Senior Vice President for Community Impact Anita Floyd; Richland County School District One Board Chair Cheryl Hinton Harris; Richland Library Executive Director Melanie Huggins; IT-ology President Tammy Mainwaring; Central Carolina Community Foundation President and CEO JoAnn Turnquist and Columbia City Manager Teresa Wilson. The panel addressed how their roles in the community are aligned with Envision Columbia and answered questions from attendees. The panelists also offered suggestions to attendees on ways to not only improve opportunities for women but also impact the quality of life for everyone.
Councilwoman Devine also thanked the subject matter experts who talked with participants about how they can get involved through the seven focus areas of the Envision Columbia Vision Statement. Subject matter experts included: The Talented Tenth Chair Kara Simmons, The Boudreaux Group Director of Planning Irene Tyson, Palmetto Conservation Foundation Executive Director Natalie Britt, City of Columbia Director of Community Development Gloria Saeed, City of Columbia Executive Director of Office of Business Opportunities Tina Herbert, North Columbia Business Association Executive Director Sabrina Odom, Eau Claire Community Council President Christie Savage, City of Columbia Clerk Erika Moore and City of Columbia Director of Budget and Program Management Office Missy Caughman.
Responses to the Summit have been overwhelming and positive with many attendees asking for a similar event to be held again and specifically requesting an all-day Summit in the future.
If you have questions or would like more information about Envision Columbia, contact the Public and Media Relations at 803-545-3020 or email. The City Council’s vision statement is on our website. You can also follow us on all our social media platforms to stay connected about the vision and future Envision Columbia events.