IBM innovation center to get new home at USC

Lori Steele (left) of IBM and state Senate President Pro Tempore Hugh Leatherman don hard hats at Thursday’s groundbreaking for the Center for Applied Innovation at the University of South Carolina. (Photo/James T. Hammond) The Columbia campus will function in part to grow the pool of skilled computer analysts who can provide the new services envisioned by IBM. The Fluor Corp., a building tenant, will collaborate on research with IBM and the university.  Read More...

Report: Changing health care scene squeezing facilities

At year-end 2014, the vacancy rate for the Columbia medical office market dropped to 7.82% from 8.55% at mid-year 2014 and 8.74% at the end of 2013, Colliers International reports. The vacancy rate is expected to remain low as an aging population and greater access to health insurance will create a greater demand for health care. Read More...

Airport closes lower level of parking garage for project

The project will allow rental car agencies to use 354 covered parking spaces on the lower level on the east side of the three-level garage, located across from the terminal building at Columbia Metropolitan Airport. In the past, rental car agencies have used two surface lots east of the terminal separated by the airport’s main drive. Read More...

BJ’s Wholesale Club submits plan to Richland County for only S.C. location

The Massachusetts-based, membership-only warehouse club has sent a plan to the Richland County Planning Commission for a new location at 1117 Sparkleberry Lane Extension, a site just off Two Notch Road about one mile away from the Village at Sandhill.  Read More...

SCE&G gets OK to sell Huger Street property

The state Public Service Commission on Tuesday greenlighted the company’s request to take bids on the 5.88-acre site bounded by Huger, Hampton, Washington and Williams streets. The site is next to the vacant Kline Iron & Steel Co. property that’s slated for development. Read More...


Bradley named Bourbon’s new executive chef

Columbia native Frank Bradley, who graduated with honors from Atlanta’s Le Cordon Blue culinary school, got his start at the front and back of the house at Garibaldi’s in Five Points. He has been with Bourbon since it opened last April, starting out as sous chef. Read More...

Colonial Life contributes $1.5M to charitable organizations

The insurance company, which also saw its employees volunteer almost 12,700 hours last year, gave more than $420,000 to United Way of the Midlands, provided a grant program for Richland One teachers and contributed an art installation at USC’s Darla Moore School of Business. Read More...