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Published on September 24th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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North Columbia Business Association Announces Speaker Lineup for 5th Annual Economic Development Symposium

Pictured; Former Mayor of Columbia Bob Coble will give the Keynote Address

Columbia, SC – Recently, the North Columbia Business Association (NCBA) opened registration and announced speakers for its 5th Annual Grow Your City Mayors Economic Development Symposium. This year’s symposium will take place on October 23, 2015 from 8am to 3pm, at the David H. Swinton Center on the Benedict College Campus.

The symposium, geared towards mayors, economic development professionals, business leaders and engaged citizens, offers substantive information, strategies and ideas that can be taken back to South Carolina towns and cities for consideration, modification, and ultimately, implementation.

This year’s speakers will outline direct steps that everyone from mayors to the everyday engaged citizen can take to catalyze growth and development in his/her own area. Speakers and topics include:

Ed West, SC Department of Commerce
Workshop: Taking the Blinders Off – Seeing Your Town through the Eyes of Outsiders to Capitalize on Its Differentiators

Charlie Bank, SC Angel Network
Workshop: Leadership Strategies for Building an Effective Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

Bob Coble, Nexsen Pruet
Keynote Address: Reflections of a Past Mayor – Do’s and Don’ts of Economic Development

John Boyanoski, Complete PR
Workshop: Reimagine Your City – Steps to Building the Best Downtown in America

NCBA Executive Director, Sabrina Odom, says, “Economic development is not about projects. It’s about the excitement you bring to your city and the people whose lives it changes. This year, we took great effort to make sure that everyone who attends will leave with something that he or she can do to affect economic growth where he/she lives.”

The Grow Your City Mayors’ Economic Development Symposium has grown from a modest group of 50 attendees in its first year up to 250 in subsequent years. In previous years, the workshops were attended primarily by mayors and economic developers while the midday luncheon was heavily attended by engaged citizens and business leaders from across Columbia. This year, organizers have planned a full-day event that all attendees will enjoy from the first speaker to the last.

For more information and to register for the symposium, visit GrowYourCitySC.com. Tickets are $50.

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