Columbia Chamber Sr. VP Grant Jackson Receives Top Honors From City Center Partnership

COLUMBIA, S.C. - C. Grant Jackson, senior vice president for community development at the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, was presented the Chairman's Award at the City Center Partnership (CCP) annual meeting on Monday, Nov. 14. The award was presented by David Lockwood, outgoing CCP Chairman, for Jackson's "unwavering dedication and countless hours spent" developing a three-year strategic plan and a 10-year Business Improvement District (BID) Renewal Plan. Jackson is finishing his second and final year chairing CCP's Long Range Planning Committee.

"I'm really stunned by this award; this was totally unexpected," Jackson said. "The creation of both the three-year strategic plan and especially the 10-year plan to renew the BID was truly a team effort. All the credit rightfully goes to the long range planning committee and subcommittees and the CCP staff."

Matt Kennell, executive director of City Center Partnership, with C. Grant Jackson.

The CCP manages the downtown BID and the district plan must be renewed periodically by Columbia City Council. This is the 10th year for the BID; past renewals have been for five years. The 10-year renewal has been approved by City Council and will take effect in January.

A second Chairman's award went to Mast General Store for the company's transformational investment in downtown Columbia, restoration of the Efrid's Building, and devoted involvement in Columbia since the day the store opened. This is the first award in CCP history to go to a company instead of an individual. Fred Martin of Mast General Store accepted the award.

The former executive business editor and business columnist for The State newspaper, Jackson joined the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce in 2008 following a 40-year career as a journalist.

Jackson is a member of the team implementing "Navigating from good to Great," the chamber's community development and prosperity initiative.
Jackson serves on the executive committee and the board of the City Center Partnership, is an active member of the Midlands chapter of the Urban Land Institute and a graduate of the Center for Sustainable Leadership of the Urban Land Institute South Carolina, He is also on the executive board of the Indian Waters Council Boy Scouts of America.

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About the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of 1,500 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals in Calhoun, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry and Richland counties.The Columbia Chamber serves as the voice of its members and the business community at large on matters of economic, educational, social, cultural and political concern, as well as supports and promotes the success of its members through networking, professional development, advocacy and leadership. The organization has represented the interests of the local business community since 1902.
To become a member or to learn more about the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, as well as its events, programs and initiatives, visit

About City Center Partnership
City Center Partnership, Inc. (CCP) is a non-profit organization that manages South Carolina's only managed Business Improvement District in the 36-block area bounded by Gervais, Elmwood, Assembly, and Marion Streets in downtown Columbia and is funded by the property owners within the district boundaries.

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