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#ColumbiaAgenda: Columbia Compass Wants You, Nikki Haley's New Job?, Jim Hodges Returns, 50 Most Influential: Kelly Barbrey, Girl Scout Cookie Drug Bust

Columbia Compass seeks community feedback for city's comprehensive plan: The City of Columbia has released a brief interactive survey designed to gather feedback on the recommendations of Columbia Compass, a 10-year update to the city’s comprehensive plan. The survey is mostly multiple choice and takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.

In fall of 2018, the city’s first survey garnered 1,200 responses, which helped drive the Columbia Compass recommendations. Columbia Compass will guide City Council members as they move toward Envision 2036, when Columbia celebrates its 250th anniversary.

Topics include population, natural resources, land use, transportation, housing, cultural resources, economic development, and more. The city is hoping for wide participation and feedback as they build a blueprint for the future of the city. The survey is available at

To find out more about Columbia Compass: Envision 2036, visit


"One Spartanburg" report card shows significant gains that show prosperity of county (WSPA)

New SC oyster farm raises concerns about floating hazards, growing industry (Post and Courier)

Season looking better for SC shrimp after die-off, industry woes (Post and Courier)


The Wire
International Biotechnology Company Expands U.S. Operations To Midlands Technical College

50 Most Influential
Kelly Barbrey
Experience Columbia  
Vice President of Marketing 
and Communications

Kelly Barbrey has worked for Experience Columbia SC for 15 years helping to grow the economic impact for Columbia through tourism. 

2018 marks the first full year promoting a refreshed tourism brand for the region. Since the brand launch, Barbrey has presented to more than 100 groups and organizations highlighting the attributes of Columbia and the benefit of positioning our region as a destination for visitors.
Barbrey serves on the Vista Guild Board of Directors, where she chairs the marketing committee, serves on the marketing committee for City Center Partnership, and is a member of the Midlands Business Leadership Group Livability Working Group and Regional Branding Committee. In her free time, she enjoys writing and is a monthly contributor for the Columbia SC Mom’s Blog and is on the devotion writing team for her church, Eastminster Presbyterian Church.

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