As an executive committee member at EngenuitySC, an officer at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and a proponent of our region, I have as one of my personal goals helping to build a competitive community here in the Midlands. Promoting wellness is a big priority for us at BlueCross, encompassing personal health as well as the overall livability and economic health of our state.
I’d like to encourage my fellow business leaders to increase their support of trailblazers who are putting the Greater Columbia area on the map, from innovators and entrepreneurs to cultural entities and nonprofits.
At EngenuitySC, we see the path to an economically prosperous, competitive community as having five components.
First, we encourage great talent to learn here, stay here and move here. We also support a vibrant cultural scene and forward-thinking amenities to keep these talented people engaged. At the same time, we are building a strong entrepreneurial environment to help creative minds start new businesses.
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Then, by backing innovators, we attract more talent to start something and grow it here. Finally, we increase our region’s overall capacity by developing strong industry clusters such as insurance technology, which supports numerous affiliated businesses, nonprofits and educational institutions and employs many skilled workers — who, in turn, give back to the community.
EngenuitySC once again will shine the spotlight on our area’s most exciting innovators and entrepreneurs at the Nov. 19 Ignite! celebration and Ideas Contest. This year’s speakers include accomplished doers such as Michelle Brooke-Marciniak, former WNBA athlete and co-founder of SHEEX, and Jeff Archie, chief nuclear officer at SCE&G. We’ll also hear from up-and-comers Andrew Askins of the Krit Web platform and Wordless News designer Maria Fabrizio.
All of them are contributing to economic prosperity and competitive communities in the Midlands. They are increasing innovation, boosting industry clusters, helping to grow and retain talent, fostering a strong entrepreneurial environment and participating in events such as Ignite! to improve our community.
After reading EngenuitySC’s new Midlands Economic Competitiveness Report, I am excited to see how our region stacks up against other metropolitan areas around the Southeast. We are doing well.
Along with my fellow executive committee members, I encourage you to join me in celebrating our growing economic prosperity. Then we urge you to take it one step further: Imagine more.
EngenuitySC Executive Committee