Mayor Stephen Benjamin’s administration has been characterized by his firm belief in Columbia’s potential and intense focus on job creation. In his first term, his leadership helped cut unemployment in the metro by roughly half and secured billions of dollars in new regional capital investment in the midst of a national recession. He serves on numerous boards for nonprofit organizations including: Columbia Urban League, Benedict College, Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, and Eau Claire Promise Zone. He also served as a founding member of Choose Children First and chief legal counsel for Midlands Crimestoppers.
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