The Plains and Richland Plantations overlooking the Congaree River were chosen in 1786 as the ideal location for the capital of South Carolina. And more than 200 years later, we feel Columbia is the right place for a magazine totally devoted to the people and events that make this city special. The residents of Columbia have created a city with an outstanding quality of life. People who have just moved here and natives who have remained here agree on one basic truth – Columbia is a great place to live.
Where else can a person have exposure to the arts, work in a prosperous business community, take advantage of an excellent school system, enjoy a mild climate and not have to sacrifice anything in the way of traffic congestion, pollution or rude people?
Columbia’s location in the geographic center of South Carolina is routinely taken advantage of by Columbians who enjoy the outdoors. The mountains and the coast are only two hours away have long been weekend and summer destinations for many residents. Golf, white-water rafting, hiking, fresh and saltwater fishing or just laid back relaxing on the beach in the mountains are activities that Columbians take for granted as easy get-away excursions. Columbia’s business community is experiencing unparalleled growth. It catapulted from 45th fastest growing market in the nation in 1988 to the 20th fastest growing market in 1989. This growth is expected to continue well into the 1990’s.
Columbia also has the good fortune of having a diversified economy that gives it an almost recession proof security. At Columbia Metropolitan, we will strive to reflect this unique quality of life. In our premier Summer issue you will find profiles of three dedicated citizens who volunteer countless hours in the service of others, an excerpt from William Price Fox’s new book travel tips and a calendar of cultural, social and special events in the metropolitan area. Our goal is to provide a quality magazine that gives a perspective on Columbia you will find interesting and entertaining. Columbia Metropolitan will focus on the community with the hope that Columbians will feel the publication belongs to them.