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4 - MA 1 . oo4 Government .E CoLuM,A s,, John Temple Ligon's Photos by Alan C i'ty Notebook Columbia City Council meeting City Hall 9 am May 5 k Janice Cowen and Jim Papadea Roll call Columbia City Council convened at 10 last Wednesday morning. In the mayor's absence, Councilman Papadea called the meeting to order. Councilwoman Anne Sinclair was in Atlanta on city business while Mayor Coble was working for a living. Besides Papadea, council members pres- ent were Sam Davis, E. W. Cromartie, Hamilton Osborne, and Tameika Isaac Devine. Railroad business Janice Cowen asked council to recognize SC Operation Life Saver Month. Participating with the city are Richland County, the Red Cross, CSX, Norfolk Southern, and USC. As state coordinator she shared her com- mand of the history of railroad safety in SC. In 1971, SC had 271 railroad crossing crashes, and in 2003, just 70. Although 70 is still far too many, Cowen said, we're making progress. Street closings Lincoln Street between Elmwood Avenue and Abbeville Street, Saturday, May 22, from 10 am till 2 pm. Park Street between Greene Street and Blossom Street, from May 20 till June 2, for various graduations at the Carolina Coliseum. Consideration of bids and agreements $22,500 for electrical and mechanical engineering services at Washington Square. $30,793 for repairs and resur- facing of the Columbia Tennis Center courts. $25,975 for the purchase of a 400HP motor for the Lake Murray water plant. Ordinance - second #2004-043, authorizing t of a 0.55 acre parcel on: Street to Universit Appointments South Carolina l: Corporation Frank Floyd III, Michael Carrouth, and Breedlove were final three-year term July 1, 2007. Councilwomen Anne and Tameika Isaac Devie reappointed for a one-year to expire on July 1, 2005. Next meeting Council meets at 9, morning, May 19, sion and at 10 for a sion. Both meetings are third floor, City Hall, Main and Laurel. John Competitiveness Council begins mission revamp SC's economic development stra Fifty substantive men and women from every region of the state came together for the first time last Friday morning to begin a challenging mis- sion: Find ways to make SC competitive for jobs and investment. They will examine every issue that affects economic development and devise strategies to improve SC's competitive posture in the knowl- edge-based global econo- my. "Creating competi- tive advantage for our state is absolutely critical to bringing jobs and eco- nomic development to SC. In addition to our efforts on the government side of the ledger, like lowering the state's income tax, I expect the folks we've brought together for the Council on Competitive- ness to develop an action plan for filling out the other side of that ledger - a comprehensive economic development plan to guide us through the 21st Cen- tury," Governor Sanford said. Sanford is co-chair- ing the council with Ed Sellers, chairman and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC. Sanford's MBA is from UVA, and Sellers earned his MBA at Harvard. Council member and Columbia hotel developer John Lumpkin earned his law degree at USC. Lump- kin's contribution, once he was recognized, was to declare, "Stay the course." Darla Moore, as in the Moore School of Busi- ness at uSC, offered opti- mism and echoed expert- ise in an auditorium lec- ture room replete with stepped seating, digital projection, and more power brokers than a Clemson-Carolina 50-yard line seating sec- tion. The 50-person coun- cil is a result of the eco- nomic development blue- print laid out by Harvard Professor Michael Porter last December. The council was appointed by a 12-person executive com- mittee. Its composition includes people from busi- ness, government, acade- mia, and economic devel- opment groups from all parts of the state. It is, however, driven by the pri- vate sector, which was a key recommendation that Porter made. The council's initial issues include: 1. Cluster activation (existing and new industry clusters) 2. Education and work force training 3. Research universities' alignment with business and industry 4. Start-up companies and small businesses 5. New institutions to sup- port economic develop- ment 6. Specific economic devel- opment initiatives for dis- tressed and disadvantaged areas 7. Internal and external marketing 8. Measurements to moni- tor progress Two cluster commit- tees have already appoint- ed chairmen: Chad Prosser, state PRT director, will direct the Tourism Cluster Com- mittee. Carl Flesher of BMW will head up the Automotive Cluster Com- mittee. Four of the initial task forces have chairmen in place. Don tterriott, president and general manager of Roche Caroli- na, is heading up the Edu- cation and Work Force Task Force. Dr. Layton McCurdy, dean emeritus and professor of psychia- try at MUSC, will lead the Research Task Force. Kurt Dassel of the Monitor Group (Porter's Cam- bridge consulting firm) will be in charge of the Cluster Activation Task Force, and the Palmetto Institute, with assistance from the Commerce Department, will develop measurements to monitor the progress of the imple- mentation of the competi- tiveness initiative. The accomplished director of a similar ten-year effort in Con- necticut presented his sue- cess stories and offered advice for the start-up phase and for the future. He reminded the SC boss- es that Connecticut's per capita income is the nation's wealthiest. The Last Great Forest Acres Elvis t00evival Governor Mark Sanford rests his I Competitive Council meeting. The council should p expect to meet as a full structure group once a quarter, of its while the task forces and working' committees can charge e their own schedules, rative in Co-chairman Ed the Sellers said, 'Wee hope to bring new ideas to a com- Listen to Temple Ligon every Thursday morning on 1320 am. A Mystery Dinner Theater Friday, May 21, 6 pm Trenholm Road Methodist Church A fundraiser for Thehepherds Center of Columbia $25 per person ca. The We're great at controlling the but we also take care of outside squirrels, bees, mice and fleas, Call the great outdoors. Shepherds Center for tickets 803 251. 779-4449 i1' f .... i i i i ,,, Sta the World ]Pamous Elvls hnpersonator Elvin B e astly and his backup singers The Juugs