A stronger Columbia regionthrough research-backed action.
For many years, the Midlands Business Leadership Group has responded to the data and analysis found in the annual EngenuitySC Midlands Regional Competitiveness Report with collaborative efforts that have made Columbia, S.C. a first-choice place to live, learn, work and play. New this year, MBLG played an active role not just in response to the report, but in producing the report itself.
2023 Elevate Midlands Fall Breakfast Highlight Video
Past reports have inspired initiatives such as these.
Regional Gateways Project
The Midlands Regional Competitiveness Council
The Midlands Business Leadership Group has a long, positive track record of convening and collaborating to foster positive change. The MBLG Regional Competitiveness Council will follow that path.
The Council, in partnership with the University of South Carolina, will produce the Elevate Midlands report. Armed with this information and supported by the expertise and experience of its members, the council will then develop collaborative initiatives to turn report-identified opportunities into real-life success stories.
Understanding the Data
The Elevate Midlands Report primarily allows us to observe the Columbia MSA’s long-term trends and compare them directly to trends we are seeing in cities with which we compete.
The data lags an average of 18 months and is from the most current and reliable sources possible, such as the U.S Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
Our Comparative Regions
Indicators of Competitiveness
A region’s ability to attract, develop and maintain a vibrant and skilled workforce.View Video
A region’s capacity to support the creation of new ideas, products and processes.View Video
Entrepreneurial & Business Environment
A region’s relative ease of doing business and the strength of the support system for the startup, growth and maintenance of businesses.View Video
A region’s ability to sustain and grow high impact industries that are competitive on an international scale.View Video
A region’s ability to build an inclusive and dynamic live, learn, work, and play environment.View Video
New to this year’s report, the Employment Index uses two metrics – one-year employment growth rate and five-year compound annual employment growth rate.
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