In 2001, City Center Partnership was formed to manage the downtown Business Improvement District in the 36-block area bounded by Gervais, Elmwood, Assembly and Marion streets in Columbia, SC. The organization provides public space management, economic development, place management, marketing services, and public advocacy for the Main Street District. The Board of Directors oversee the organization’s mission — to focus on filling vacancies in commercial properties, retaining existing downtown businesses and recruiting new ones, expanding the downtown residential base, and creating a safe, clean, and friendly downtown environment.
Matt Kennell, President and CEOmatt@citycentercolumbia.sc
Matt is a native of Virginia and has worked in urban development and management for over 30 years in Florida, Virginia, and South Carolina. He loves spending time with his family and his two crazy Jack Russell Terriers. If you’re looking for him, chances are you will either find him somewhere in the Main Street District or navigating his boat on Lake Murray!
Karel Givens, Vice President, Administration & Developmentkarel@citycentercolumbia.sc
Karel is a native New Yorker, avid runner, and travel buff with a special affection for Italy and its culture. She is a huge fan of the New York Giants and Yankees.
Lorri-Ann Carter, Director of Marketingla@cartertodd.com
Lorri-Ann is a native of Georgia and has worked in the public relations and marketing industry for nearly 25 years. Her favorite time of the year is football season, when she is pulling for the University of Georgia Bulldogs and the University of South Carolina Gamecocks. And no, that is not a typo!
Jenna Bridgers, Vice President, Recruitmentjenna@citycentercolumbia.sc
Jenna is a native of South Carolina and a 2001 graduate of Wofford College. She is married to Allen and a mother of three precious children. What little spare time she has is spent reading or visiting with family and friends. Jenna is dedicated to helping bring a quality retail mix to the Main Street District.
Hazel Stokes, Administrative Assistanthazel@citycentercolumbia.sc
Hazel is a native of South Carolina and a very competitive athlete. She played basketball, volleyball and track in high school and played on a community softball team. Be warned…don’t challenge her to a ping pong match! She loves spending time with her family and singing in her church choir.
Allen Franklin, Director of Operationsallen@citycentercolumbia.sc
Allen is a native of North Carolina and a 1989 graduate of the University of South Carolina. He has over 20 years in retail at a district manager level. Allen’s seven children are the apples of his eye, even though they drive him crazy daily. His greatest pleasures are spending time with his family out on their farm and serving the Main Street District.
October 18, 2016
Aleka Selig, a native of Columbia, just opened her 2nd location of Ally and Eloise today at 1556 Main Street, Suite 100. “Pop” in and see what yummy treats she has as you stroll Main Street at lunch or between meetings! She’s next to Something Special Florist and the newly opened Main… Read More
September 18, 2016
“It’s just a fantastic time to be in Columbia.” That’s how Columbia Chamber President and CEO Carl Blackstone sums up the state of the capital city. Click here to read the full article. Read More