May is National Bike Month, an initiative sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists to promote bike riding and, more to the point, safety while bike riding. In our state, the months of May through November are the months in which there are increased numbers of traffic collisions involving pedalists....KEEP READING
Columbia, South Carolina, founded in 1786, holds the key to more than 200 years of the Palmetto State’s history and proud heritage of the Columbia Riverbanks region. Named for Christopher Columbus, SC’s capital city was among the nation’s first planned cities. Columbia serves as the seat of Richland County; however, a small portion of the city’s boundaries extends into Lexington County. As the primary city of SC’s Midlands region, Columbia enjoys a centralized location, with all the benefits of a steadily expanding metropolitan area. At the time of the 2000 Census Columbia reported a population of 116,278.
The judicial system in South Carolina is a diverse mix of trial and appellate courts:
The University of South Carolina flagship campus, located in Columbia, began as South Carolina College in 1801. Today USC has more than 27,000 students studying in the facility’s 350 outstanding degree programs. Other higher learning facilities in Columbia include Allen University, Benedict College, Columbia College, Columbia International University, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary and Midlands Technical College. Students at the primary and secondary levels have access to an impressive selection of public and private schools.
Columbia’s diverse commercial-industrial base includes leading employers such as Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC, Palmetto Health, SC State Government, USC, and Fort Jackson, the U.S. Army’s largest training base. Fourteen Fortune 500 companies and more than 70 foreign affiliated business firms also contribute to Columbia’s solid economic status. Columbia boasts numerous awards consistently proclaiming its dynamic job market. In 2007, Forbes ranked Columbia 35th on its “Best Places for Business and Careers” list, and Expansion Management named Columbia one of America’s hottest cities for corporate expansion and relocation.
Located at the confluence of two major rivers, Columbia, SC is one of the region’s most popular destinations for outdoor recreation. Outdoor enthusiasts have access to boating and fishing on Lake Murray, canoeing, kayaking, and rafting the area’s three rivers, and more than 100 local, regional and state parks. Columbia also offers visitors an impressive array of cultural opportunities, including a diverse arts community, a nationally acclaimed zoo and numerous museums such as the Columbia Museum of Art and the EdVenture Children’s Museum. Sports fans can enjoy several golf courses, college and semi pro sporting events. The nearby Finlay Park has something for everyone.
Columbia, South Carolina serves as the state’s center for commerce, education, and government. This vibrant capital city affords residents and visitors the finest in business, cultural, and recreational opportunities.
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