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Connect South Carolina Attends Summit on Information Technology

By Jennifer Cobb

With Leslie Callison

On Wednesday, April 23, Connect South Carolina community technology advisors Lindsay Conrad and Leslie Callison attended the IT-oLogy Summit on Information Technology in Columbia where Governor Haley welcomed the sold-out crowd of more than 250 business and academic professionals in the IT-oLogy Theater. Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin and SC Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Otis Rawl made remarks, in addition to Ed Sellers, chairman of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.

The keynote speaker was Matt Gardner, publisher of the landmark study Technology Works. In this study, a number of South Carolina communities shone through as rising stars. Specifically, four South Carolina communities show up in the top 15 for growth in technology jobs since 2006.

Following speakers Amy Love and David Clayton of the South Carolina Department of Commerce, director of innovation and director of research, respectively, the group split into four think tank sessions with panelists representing banking, entrepreneurship/innovation, healthcare, and professional services. Each group held discussions on the impact of IT, including successes and challenges in their areas.

The conference concluded with a wrap-up from each session, as well as an invitation from IT-oLogy to the June 11 Connections 2014 at the same location. 

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin addresses the sold-out conference

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