“I firmly believe that Columbia can be the most talented, educated, and entrepreneurial city in the Southeast if not America. Unfortunately, too often our community’s most promising rising stars believe they must relocate to Charlotte, Atlanta, or Washington, D.C. because we cannot provide them with the opportunities they need to thrive. We cannot afford to let the next generation of trailblazers slip away from Columbia, SC. We have to show them that they can live up to their God-given potential right here in our city."
- Mayor Steve Benjamin