Crash Course Columbia: a new talent retention and local pride initiative

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Crash Course Columbia-driven by COR-press conference 2020 | Photo by Forrest Clonts

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On Tuesday, Columbia Opportunity Resource (COR), in partnership with Experience Columbia SC, launched a new talent retention + local pride initiative, Crash Course Columbia.

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What is it?

Crash Course Columbia is a day-and-a-half program – offered quarterly – in which participants will hop between entertainment districts (in both Richland and Lexington County) and learn more about what our city has to offer, by way of:

Getting details on upcoming developments

Discovering key attractions

Exploring the history of our city

Learning where to find public art

Tasting top food + drink spots across the region

Many stops will include exclusive, behind-the-scenes experiences available only to program-goers.

Which Columbia hotspots will be highlighted?

The first half of the program will kick off with a happy hour event at Hotel Trundle, followed by dinner at Hendrix.

The next day, participants will begin with breakfast at smallSUGAR, then let their food settle while they get photos of Lincoln St. Tunnel and hear about development updates from The Vista. The day continues with tours of Riverbanks Zoo, City Roots, Segra Park (home to the Columbia Fireflies), BullStreet, Five Points, West Columbia + Historic Columbia – along with stops (and tastings) at River Rat Brewery and Hunter-Gatherer at the Hanger.

The day ends with happy hour at Black Rooster, and drop-in at Columbia Museum of Art and the option of attending Arts & Draughts.

Talk about the ideal Columbia 24-hour itinerary.

When does it take place?

March 12-13

May 14-15

August TBD

October TBD

How can I be part of it?

The goal of the program is to target those who are either new to the working world or new to Columbia and share a passion for Columbia, with hopes they’ll become champions for the region and develop a closer connection to the community.

Contact the Crash Course team to get involved.