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Vista Guild names Atkinson executive director

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Staff Report
Published Aug. 31, 2015
Meredith Atkinson has been named executive director the Congaree Vista Guild, a nonprofit organization comprised of restaurants, hotels, businesses, galleries, and homeowners in the downtown Columbia neighborhood.

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Atkinson previously worked at the S.C. Department of Agriculture where she was responsible for the agency’s public relations and communications efforts and promoting the state’s agribusiness and Certified South Carolina Grown program.

Atkinson also has served as marketing director for Columbiana Centre and Augusta Mall with General Growth Properties, where she was in charge of mall events and advertising and promoting the malls’ restaurants and retail.

Atkinson, who grew up in Columbia, earned her bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Clemson University.

“We are excited to have Meredith lead the Vista Guild as our executive director in this time of unprecedented growth for the neighborhood,” said Richard Burts, president of the board. “Her enthusiasm is contagious and her love for this city is evident in all that she does.”

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