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  • August 29, 2014

    Mayor calls on Public Safety Committee to convene special meeting

    Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin wants city council to look into the closing of the police department's drug laboratory. Friday, Mayor Benjamin asked Public Safety Committee Chair Brian DeQuincey Newman to convene a special meeting of the committee to discuss the drug lab closure and gather as much information as possible following Police Chief Skip Holbrook's closing of the department's drug lab closed.

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  • July 30, 2014

    We've kept our promise...

    ...to funding the arts, culture and historic preservation ...and Columbia thrives. Earlier this year a number of citizens were concerned that building a new state of the art, multi-use sports and entertainment venue in Downtown Columbia and argued that using a Hospitality Bond to finance the project would force Council to cut funding for other arts groups who depend on hospitality dollars year after year. In February, I promised to preserve their funding and in July, we announced that ...

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  • May 19, 2014

    Mayor Benjamin on VA Hospital Deaths

    Mayor Steve Benjamin tells ABC news he joined forces with other city Mayors and sent a letter to General Eric Shinseki urging him to take immediate action regarding new allegations of mistreatment of Veterans. New reports allege that hundreds of our military men and women have died waiting for healthcare. < href="http://www.abccolumbia.com/news/local/Mayor-Benjamin-on-VA-Hospital-Deaths--259889081.html">Read more here.

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  • May 18, 2014

    Mayor's Basketball Classic aims to promote stronger bond between police officers, community

    Columbia police officers traded in their uniforms for athletic shorts and jerseys for a couple of hours Friday night to participate in the Mayor's Basketball Classic tournament.

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  • February 24, 2014

    Mayor Benjamin to lead Municipal Bonds for America

    Mayor Steve Benjamin has been chosen to lead Municipal Bonds for America (MBFA), a non-partisan coalition of state and local government officials, brokers and dealers from across the nation organized to protect tax-exempt municipal bonds, the chief tool used by state and local government to build and maintain roughly 75% of the nation’s infrastructure

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  • February 19, 2014

    Baseball stadium a key to stemming Columbia’s brain drain

    Politicians and business leaders for years have bemoaned the “brain drain” of so many talented young people leaving Columbia, partly because they are seeking an unlimited future in a city that appeared limited in vision. The city grew by chance, not choice, with too many dissenting voices that made planned progress impossible. The message sent by one Columbia young leader is: We gladly embrace the public entertainment park at Bull Street because the public-private partnership represents a ...

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  • February 18, 2014

    Columbia mayor tells arts groups their money would be protected

    In a Tuesday morning meeting at the Columbia Museum of Art, Mayor Steve Benjamin assured about 70 gathered from Columbia’s arts community that they need not worry that a publicly funded baseball stadium and utilities for the Bull Street neighborhood will cut into taxpayer money for cultural organizations.

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  • January 27, 2014

    Mayor Steve Benjamin's 2014 State of the City Address

    Read the full text of Mayor Steve Benjamin's 2014 State of the City Address.

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  • January 27, 2014

    Watch Mayor Steve Benjamin's 2014 State of the City Address

    Click here to watch Mayor Steve Benjamin's 2014 State of the City Address.

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  • January 23, 2014

    Mayor Benjamin to attend White House meeting

    Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin will join President Barack Obama, administration officials and Mayors from across the nation for a special meeting at the White House today to discuss major issues facing our nation’s cities as part of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) Winter Meeting, which began Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

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  • January 22, 2014

    State of the City: Mayor Benjamin wants to build ‘city of ideas’

    As Mayor Steve Benjamin launches his second term, he will seek to shift Columbia’s motto to “a city of ideas."

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  • January 22, 2014

    In State of City, Benjamin says its time to dream big and act boldly

    In his first State of the City following his re-election, Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin says it's time to dream big and act boldly.

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  • December 1, 2013

    Gov. Haley endorses Mayor Benjamin's push for strong mayor

    Late Friday night Governor Haley expressed her support for the implementation of a strong mayor system in Columbia.

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  • November 6, 2013

    Benjamin Re-Elected as Mayor; 2 Upsets in Lex. Co.

    With 63% of the vote Mayor Steve Benjamin won re-election Tuesday night, while two longtime Lexington County mayors lost their seats. To read more about the election please visit WLTX.

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  • November 6, 2013

    Steve Benjamin re-elected as mayor of Columbia

    Mayor Steve Benjamin has been re-elected to a second term as mayor of Columbia, to read more please visit The Associated Press.

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  • November 5, 2013

    Benjamin easily wins re-election

    Immediately after his re-election Mayor Steve Benjamin looks to supporters to be Columbia's first strong mayor. To read more please visit The State.

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  • October 29, 2013

    Larry Sypolt drops out of mayor's race, endorses Benjamin

    Larry Sypolt makes the decision to withdraw as a mayoral candidate and instead backs Mayor Steve Benjamin stating, "this was a decision best for the people of Columbia". To learn more about why Larry Sypolt supports Mayor Steve Benjamin please visit WISTV.

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  • October 28, 2013

    City of Columbia Mayor Q&A: Steve Benjamin (incumbent)

    Mayor Steve Benjamin's response to ColaDaily's questionnarie answers significant questions pertaining to the city of Columbia.

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  • October 28, 2013

    Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin on what motivated him to succeed

    Mayor Steve Benjamin shares how a life-changing experience has developed his motivation.

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  • October 28, 2013

    Sypolt drops Columbia mayoral bid, backs Benjamin

    Mayoral candidate, Larry Sypolt, withdrew Monday from Columbia's campaign and is now supporting Mayor Benjamin after acknowledging that he and Mayor Benjamin agree on public safety and many other issues throughout the City of Columbia. Mayor Benjamin welcomed the support graciously and has named Sypolt chairman of a mayoral public safety task force that will later be implemented. To read more about Larry Sypolt's viewpoint on the upcoming election please visit The State.

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  • October 28, 2013

    Mayoral Candidate Drops Out, Endorses Benjamin

    In a recent press conference, Larry Spyolt withdrew from Columbia's mayoral campaign and has endorsed Mayor Benjamin. To watch the press conference please visit WLTX.

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  • October 26, 2013

    Editorial: Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin has been effective; should be re-elected

    Read more to learn why The State believes that Mayor Benjamin's 'temperament, willingness to make tough decisions and vision qualify him' to be given Columbia's vote for mayor.

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  • October 15, 2013

    Meeting on Crime Control

    I'm sure you know an innocent young woman was shot early Sunday morning while waiting for a taxi in the Five Points area -- the victim of a stray bullet fired by a career criminal. As the father of two girls, I was heartbroken and outraged by this senseless act of violence. Our prayers are with the young victim and her family. And our minds must now be focused on what more we can do to make the Five Points area and our entire City safer.

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  • October 15, 2013

    Historic Landmark Getting Facelift

    Mayor Steve Benjamin announced Tuesday afternoon that the Palmetto Compress building, located in the Vista, will be renovated into a high end hotel, retail space, restaurant space, and lofts. To read more about how the renovation will attract more people to the Vista please visit ABC Columbia.

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  • October 12, 2013

    Mayor's Walk Against Domestic Violence Huge Success

    More than 1,200 supporters joined Steve Benjamin for Saturday's 7th Annual Mayor's Walk Against Domestic Violence in Finlay Park. To learn about how the walk supported the fight against domestic violence please visit WLTX.

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  • October 8, 2013

    Columbia mayoral candidates clash during forum

    Tuesday's political forum focused intently on the issue of strong-mayor government, including Councilman Moe Baddourah attacking Mayor Steve Benjamin's urge for such a quick conversion. Councilman Baddourah, also a contender for the mayor's position, has commented on Mayor Benjamin's recent efforts stating,“This is all a political scam by Benjamin”. Mayor Benjamin quickly rebutted Councilman Baddourah during Tuesday's forum by referencing a State newspaper editorial column published July 10, ...

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  • October 7, 2013

    Columbia mayor draws big crowd for annual prayer breakfast

    Mayor Steve Benjamin, fellow Midlands mayors, and around 500 community members gathered on Monday through the midst of government shutdowns to unite as 'One Columbia'. Although the event was predominantly evangelical-based, according to Hal Stevenson, a conservative Republican, "His [Steve Benjamin] campaign or administration theme of `One Columbia' was really on display today because he acknowledged from the podium that he represents the Jews and Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists but he was ...

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  • October 7, 2013

    Photo Gallery: Walk for Life’s sea of pink floods downtown Columbia

    The 23rd annual Walk for Life and Race for Life event was held on Saturday as a fundraising effort for Palmetto Health Breast Center. Mayor Benjamin declared the event as "one of the best walks in the country" with the support of local businesses, breast cancer survivors, and friends. To find out more about The 23rd annual Walk for Life and Race for Life event please visit Cola Daily.

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  • October 4, 2013

    Annie Leibovitz photography exhibit opens at Columbia Museum of Art

    Recognized legend, Annie Leibovitz, helped choose Columbia as one of the few cities where her new exhibit "Pilgrimage" will be displayed. Mayor Steve Benjamin and Richland County Chairman Kelvin Washington recognized Ms. Leibovitz by deeming October 3rd as Annie Leibovitz Day in the city of Columbia. Mayor Benjamin also awarded Annie Leibovitz the key to the city. To read more about Annie Leibovitz's exhibit "Pilgrimage" please visit Cola Daily.

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  • October 3, 2013

    The Benjamin Doctrine

    Mayor Steve Benjamin's "bold" approach seeks bigger and better opportunities for the state's capital. Read more to find out why Mayor Steve Benjamin is "everybody's mayor", and his recent involvement in local business.

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  • September 26, 2013

    Mayor Steve Benjamin named to Root 100 list of Top Black Influencers

    A national publication list of 2013's Top Black Influencers names Mayor Steve Benjamin No. 56. Benjamin is recognized for "bringing more than $1 billion in capital investment and job creation to South Carolina's capital."

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  • September 19, 2013

    Columbia Votes for December Election on 'Strong Mayor'

    The Columbia City Council determined that a special election will take place on December 3rd, to vote on implementing a strong-mayor form of government. Read more to find out why Mayor Steve Benjamin considers this special election "a waste of taxpayer dollars".

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  • September 15, 2013

    Editorial: It makes sense for Columbia to hold strong mayor referendum Nov. 5

    WITH IT apparent that petition organizers have collected enough signatures to force a referendum on whether Columbia should have a full-time, empowered mayor, City Council should place the matter on the Nov. 5 ballot and spare taxpayers the expense of a special election.

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  • September 14, 2013

    Columbia mayor participating in sickle cell walk

    Benjamin is this year's ambassador for the 8th Annual Dr. James R. Clark Memorial Sickle Cell Walk on Saturday. The two-mile event raises scholarship funds for high school seniors and college students with sickle cell disease.

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  • September 14, 2013

    Benjamin says he would work full time as Columbia’s mayor if referendum passes

    Mayor Benjamin is preparing to quit his job as a lawyer in order to "concentrate all of his energies on the new job". With a weekly, 60 hour commitment to the mayor's role already, Mayor Benjamin supports the push for a full-time mayor position.

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  • September 11, 2013

    Columbia City Council reverses itself, votes to put strong mayor question on ballot

    Columbia City Council’s most senior member on Wednesday reversed himself and cleared the way for a historic referendum to allow residents to decide on Nov. 5 whether to approve a strong-mayor form of government.

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  • September 10, 2013

    Thousands of Residents Want Strong Mayor Vote

    ABC Columbia news spoke to all three Mayoral Candidates about their reactions to them. Mayor Steve Benjamin first introduced the resolution last month. During that council meeting it was voted down 3 to 4. The mayor says it is the most accountable form of government and has proven to work well in major city's, but admits the decision should be the voters. "It has always been about the voters and their fundamental right to vote that's so essential to our democracy."

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  • September 10, 2013

    Group Delivers Signatures for 'Strong-Mayor' Petition

    The group wants to hold a special election to change the form of government to what's known as a "strong-mayor" system. Currently, most of the power in Columbia's government is held by the city manager, who's in charge of the day-to-day administration of the city. The mayor has a vote on council, but it has no more weight than any other member of the governing body.

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  • September 8, 2013

    WHY IS Columbia's mayor powerless?

    Columbia needs a full-time mayor who can choose his top administrator and take responsibility for day-to-day operations and the hiring of other staff. He would be accountable to voters and would be expected to articulate and promote a long-term vision for the city as well as putting himself on the line every day to ensure the city’s business was in order.

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  • September 5, 2013

    In Our Opinion: Weak-mayor system takes power from voters

    You’re not alone if you’re surprised to find out this is how our weak-mayor city government works. But if a mayor doesn’t get to make all of these big-time decisions, then who does?

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  • September 5, 2013

    Group Wants More Degrees, Upgraded Workforce in SC

    The group wants 30% of South Carolinians to have a higher education degree by 2030. They say they'll have a plan on how to get that done by the first quarter of 2014.

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  • September 1, 2013

    Steve Benjamin Helps the Forest Hills Neighborhood Association

    A huge thanks from Presley Hague, chair of FHNA Beautification committee, to Eric Powers, Deb McDonald, Tom Legare, Mason Hogue, Sam Clarke AND His Honor, Mayor Steve Benjamin, who pitched in and sweated with us, all the while responding to a barrage of suggestions on how to run our fair city.

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  • August 9, 2013

    Columbia Chamber of Commerce Supports "Strong Mayor" Proposal

    Thursday afternoon the Columbia Chamber of Commerce released a statement in support of the mayor's proposal to change the way the city is governed.

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  • August 7, 2013

    Police team with faith-based community against gangs

    A news conference in Pelzer’s Lyon Street neighborhood, off Gervais Street, was a display of unity featuring city political leaders, nonprofit groups, churches, neighborhood residents and police.

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  • August 7, 2013

    Benjamin wants city-wide vote on "strong mayor" system

    Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin continues to throw his support behind turning Columbia's form of government to a strong-mayor system and wants to put the proposal to a city-wide vote.

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  • August 2, 2013

    Benjamin installs new Columbia Council of Neighborhood officers

    The 2013-2014 Columbia Council of Neighborhoods (CCN) officers were installed by Mayor Steve Benjamin: Dean Slade, president; Emma McGraw Myers, president elect; Bessie Watson, vice president; Fred Hornick, treasurer; Gloria Woodard, secretary; and Cynthia Daniels, assistant secretary.

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  • July 31, 2013

    Mayoral Candidates Use Change as Platform

    Mayor Steve Benjamin who is running for re-election says he is hoping to help change that view by demanding the firing and prosecution of anyone within the police department found guilty of corruption in the police department. The current Mayor says he would also like to have a system that gives the Mayor more control to change some of the issues currently being raised by some of the cities constituents.

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  • July 29, 2013

    Mayor's Panel on Violent Crime Meets

    When the murder of 33-year-old Midlands mother of four, Kelly Hunnewell, was gunned down during a late night robbery of a bakery earlier this month, it got the attention of Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin in a unique way.

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  • July 25, 2013

    Kiplinger's ranks Columbia in America's 10 Great Places to Live

    Kiplinger's names Columbia as #5 in America's 10 Greatest Places to Live in its annual city ranking. This year’s rankings place an emphasis on small and mid-size cities, considering metro areas with a population of one million or less that have good jobs, reasonably priced homes, decent schools and access to great health care.

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  • July 25, 2013

    Steve Benjamin: I Have No Tolerance for Corruption

    Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin says he has no tolerance for corruption in the city, and will push for firings and prosecution if an ongoing probe finds wrongdoing.

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  • July 19, 2013

    Mayor Steve Benjamin Creates Panel on Bond Reform

    Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin has created a panel to review how the city handles bond requests for repeat violent offenders.

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  • July 19, 2013

    Benjamin seeks reelection, running on his record

    Mayor Steve Benjamin hopes to be elected to a second term in November’s election. According to Benjamin, his record includes four straight years of budget surplus, continuing reduction in crime, and three straight years of not increasing taxes.

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  • July 19, 2013

    Mayor's Panel Announcement On Violent Crime

    Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin today announced the creation of the Mayor’s Panel on Violent Crime and Bond Reform to improve upon and recommend new tools for law enforcement to keep career criminals in jail and off the street once they’re arrested and review a number of law enforcement policies and procedures.

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  • July 15, 2013

    Benjamin raises over $108K in 2nd Quarter

    Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin raised more than $108,000 for his re-election campaign during the second quarter of 2013, according to a campaign disclosure report filed with the SC State Ethics Commission.

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  • July 11, 2013

    Benjamin Reveals What's Next for Bull St.

    Mayor Steve Benjamin discusses candidly the city's and the developer's immediate, short-term and long-term goals regarding the embattled Bull St. campus, and the 181 acres that come with it.

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  • July 11, 2013

    Mayor Benjamin shows support for InnerSole

    Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin showed his strong support for University of South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley’s InnerSole campaign to provide a new pair of sneakers to every child in need by personally donating several pairs of sneakers earlier today and encouraging others to do the same.

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  • July 11, 2013

    Council appoints municipal court judges

    The second of two public hearings regarding the development agreement between the City of Columbia and Bob Hughes for the Bull Street property was held prior to Tuesday's city council meeting. The six hour meeting included more input from residents, both for and against the agreement. Council approved the second reading of the development agreement by a vote of 4 to 2. Benjamin, Runyan, Davis, and Newman voted for the agreement while Plaugh and Baddourah voted against.

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  • July 10, 2013

    City OK's Development of Bull Street Property

    The Columbia City Council voted 4-2 Tuesday to approve an agreement that will lead to the development of the 181-acre former state mental hospital campus on Bull Street and the creation of 11,000 jobs.

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  • June 6, 2013

    Fighting Back in the Capital City

    Mayor Steve Benjamin says that the city is on track to begin using “predictive policing” in which computer software gives officers a several-block radius where crime is likely to occur based on a statistical analysis of where crime has occurred in the past.

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  • May 31, 2013

    Columbia offers loans to improve North Main Storefronts

    City officials and North Columbia business leaders announced Wednesday the first success in an effort to give North Main Street a new look.

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  • May 25, 2013

    Dedication of Maxcy Gregg Pool

    Today isn’t just about a new pool, pump house and state-of-the-art filtration system. It’s the completion of a vision years in the making to take this irreplaceable piece of our shared history and give it a new future. You see, Maxcy Gregg Park is more than just some place to cool off in a Famously Hot City.

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  • May 22, 2013

    Columbia Leaders Ask for '100 Days of Nonviolence'

    Columbia leaders gathered Tuesday to launch a new program to combat violence in our community.

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  • May 21, 2013

    Mayor Steve Benjamin launches 100 Days of Nonviolence

    Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin was joined by Interim Columbia Police Chief Ruben Santiago, Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Caton and Columbia Urban League President J. T. McLawhorn at a press conference this morning to launch an exciting new initiative aimed at reducing youth violence and crime: 100 Days of Nonviolence.

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  • May 15, 2013

    Bolton says Benjamin has Performed His Job Admirably

    While Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin’s Monday announcement that he’ll seek reelection came weeks after two challengers made their intentions known, that’s likely the only time he’ll trail in the race. Barring the entry of another challenger, there’s little reason to think that Mr. Benjamin won’t win convincingly in November.

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  • May 15, 2013

    Law permits strong mayor for Columbia, if voters OK change

    If city voters agree this fall to convert Columbia’s part-time mayor into a full-time boss of city government, the historic power shift would be effective immediately, experts in municipal law say.

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  • May 13, 2013

    Mayor Benjamin Will Seek Second Term

    Mayor Steve Benjamin cited successes that have come to the metropolitan Columbia area during his first term: thousands of jobs, $1 billion in business investment, including along Main, decreasing crime rates and larger budgets for public safety. On Monday, Mayor Benjamin announced his intention to seek a second term.

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  • May 2, 2013

    CityServe takes big tent approach to improving Columbia

    The city estimates that about 5,300 volunteers took part in service projects, which ranged from food and book drives to river cleanups and trash pickups during the week of April 20-28. The week included some new projects, while leveraging other events already in place.

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  • April 26, 2013

    Richland 1 Hosts 'Principal for a Day'

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  • April 22, 2013

    Columbia Teens Get Reality Check

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  • April 17, 2013

    Columbia Welcomes C-SPAN to Town

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  • April 15, 2013

    One Columbia: City Serve

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  • April 1, 2013

    Bolton: Discussion about gun violence worth having

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  • April 1, 2013

    Mayor Benjamin hosts 3rd annual Easter Egg Hunt

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  • January 24, 2013

    Columbia Mayor Benjamin proposes firefighter raises, lists deeds and dreams

    Columbia Mayor Benjamin proposes firefighter raises, lists deeds and dreams.

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  • January 24, 2013

    State of the City Address: Mayor Steve Benjamin

    Hundreds packed the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center for The City of State Address Wdnesday night. "Our vision is coming true. It's our present meeting our potential. It's our City finally living up to it's promise," said Mayor Steve Benjamin Wednesday evening. Some of those promises include, bringing more jobs to the Midlands,r evitalizing the heart of Columbia, and keeping the community safe.

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  • January 20, 2013

    Columbia commemorates fall of segregation

    The city of Columbia is joining six other Southern cities in commemorating the pivotal year of 1963, when segregation’s barriers finally began to fall amid protests and demonstrations, court battles and, in many places, unrestrained violence. According to Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, Columbia’s narrative is compelling enough to generate the kind of tourism that draws visitors to Charleston, Birmingham and Montgomery, cities that have showcased their African-American history and civil ...

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  • December 22, 2012

    Focus Leadership: Mayor Steve Benjamin

    Steve Benjamin is the mayor of the city of Columbia, SC. As mayor, he credits the university for giving him the leadership opportunities that benefit him today.

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  • December 20, 2012

    Benjamin Announces Emergency Housing Vouchers for Displaced Tenants

    Tenants displaced from the West Avenue Apartments will have the opportunity to receive an emergency housing voucher. According to Mayor Steve Benjamin, "Our priority is making sure you get settled and settled right. But also dealing with the property owner."

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  • November 1, 2012

    Mayor Benjamin holds bus ride promoting penny tax

    Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin joined bus passengers Thursday on a ride to show support for the Transportation Penny sales tax.

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  • October 21, 2012

    What penny sales tax gets Richland Co.

    On Nov. 6, voters in Richland County will decide whether to increase the local sales tax to improve roads, expand bus service and add sidewalks, bike lanes and nature trails. The State newspaper is examining details of the proposal, with coverage each Sunday and Monday through October.

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  • October 21, 2012

    New golden retail triangle emerges in Columbia, SC

    Revitalized city corridor links Trenholm Plaza, Cross Hill Market, Shoppes at Woodhill

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  • October 11, 2012

    Mayor Benjamin to address North Columbia residents on issues of public safety

    The Eau Claire Community Council will host Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin on Tuesday, October 23, at the Council's Quarterly Meeting beginning at 6:30 P.M. at the Eau Claire Print Building, 3907 Ensor Avenue in North Columbia.

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  • October 11, 2012

    Downtown farmers market to open Oct. 13

    City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the "Soda City" event on the 1500 block of Main, alongside the Columbia Museum of Art. The market is to be an enlarged version of the All Local Farmers Market that has been operating in the Olympia neighborhood.

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  • October 11, 2012

    The Farmer's Market is moving to Main Street

    Emile DeFelice started the All Local Farmer's Market 7 years ago. The Farmer's Market has been at 701 Whaley Street for the last three-and-a-half years however come October 13th it will be moving to the 1500 block of Main Street.

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  • September 29, 2012

    Columbia to get first downtown farmers market in more than 60 years

    The city is about to sign an agreement to have the man who runs a similar operation in the Olympia neighborhood move it to Main Street, beside the Columbia Museum of Art, every Saturday, starting next month.

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  • September 24, 2012

    U.S. Conference of Mayors Fight Sequestration Cuts

    Mayor Benjamin participated in a US Conference of Mayors press conference in Washington, D.C. yesterday, opposing sequestration cuts.

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  • September 18, 2012

    The GOOD Night 2012 Honoree: Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin

    You've heard the phrase, a prestigious person "sits on a board." This honoree is part of so many boards that there is no way he's doing any sitting. He is a gentlemen with a heart for helping people. The GOOD Night honors Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin

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  • September 17, 2012

    WLTX: City of Columbia's Program to Acquire Bulletproof Vests

    Monday morning Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin was joined by Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott, JHS Capital Advisors founder John H. Sykes, and US Patriot, LLC Vice President of Operations Paul Paterson at a news conference in order to launch the JHS Shield Program.

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  • September 17, 2012

    WACH: Protect those who protect us with vest fund matching program

    There is no dispute that body armor helps protect the lives of police officers who are involved in shooting incidents. According to an FBI study, "the risk of sustaining a fatal injury for officers who do not routinely wear body armor is 14 times greater than for officers who do."

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  • September 9, 2012

    Mayor: I'll bring MiLB back to Columbia

    Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin says he plans to begin discussions with Minor League Baseball this fall to bring a team back to the South Carolina city.

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  • September 9, 2012

    Bull Street plans ensure city can OK major changes, including baseball

    Mayor Steve Benjamin told The State newspaper he has been in close contact with minor league baseball officials about securing a team for a new stadium envisioned for Bull Street.

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  • September 5, 2012

    City of Columbia opens employee health center

    The city of Columbia opened the doors of its new employee health and wellness center Tuesday – a move officials said would save the city millions of dollars in recouped medical expenses.

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  • September 4, 2012

    City of Columbia Launches New Healthcare "Philosophy"

    After more than a year of planning on Tuesday, the City of Columbia, Doctors Care, and South Carolina BlueCross BlueShield held a ribbon cutting ceremony for a brand new facility.

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  • August 17, 2012

    City Employees to Get Extra Time to Take Kids to School

    The City of Columbia is allowing all of their employees with children two hours off in the morning so that they can take their kids to their first day of school. This is the second time that employees with the city have been allowed time in the morning to take their kids to the first day of school. A program that was begun under Mayor Steve Benjamin.

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  • August 13, 2012

    Columbia Mayor Holding Back To School Clinic

    Mayor Steve Benjamin and Columbia's parks and recreation department are giving kids in South Carolina's capital city a way to stay active this summer.

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  • July 2, 2012

    Columbia-Richland Fire Department has set-up cooling stations

    To assist the community in keeping cool Columbia-Richland Fire Department has set-up cooling stations; which have been open since last week to combat the record heat conditions. Currently, seven locations with 10 cooling stations are in operation seven days a week from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. These locations will be operational while the heat index is at 90° or higher.

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  • July 2, 2012

    Chill Out In Columbia

    A Week of Famously Hot Fun!

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  • June 28, 2012

    Cities, counties must combat sweepstakes cafes

    COLUMBIA SET the standard for other local governments by refusing to issue business licenses to Internet sweepstakes cafes, effectively banning them within the city limits.

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  • June 25, 2012

    Ceremony today for Columbia, Richland County fire contract signing

    Monday morning, a ceremonial event is planned for the joint fire contract between the city of Columbia and Richland County.

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  • June 22, 2012

    City Flies Flags at Half Mast

    Flags on all city buildings will be fly at half-mast today in memory of three South Carolina National Guard soldiers killed in Afghanistan Wednesday.

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