The mission of the Midlands Authority for Conventions Sports and Tourism includes: directing and managing the activities and mission of the Columbia Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau; Overseeing the development and operation of the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center under a long-term management agreement for the benefit of the Governmental Entities: City of Columbia, Lexington County and Richland County; Directing and managing the activities and mission of the Columbia Regional Sports Council; and Directing and managing the operation of the Columbia Regional Visitors Center.


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The City of Columbia appoints 5 members while Richland and Lexington Counties appoint two (2). Of those appointees one of each entity’s appointments must be from a hospitality industry.
 Term of office is three (3) years with one (1) reappointment.  
All applicants must reside in the corporate limits of the city.


 Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month.

Committee Members:

Term Ends
John Katz
August 2020
Sam Johnson
August 2020
Kendall Clay1
June 2018
John Hardee3
June 2018
Janice Marshall2
August 2020
(#) denotes number of term

Contact Info:

Mr. Bill Ellen
President/ CEO
1101 Lincoln Street
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 545-0000
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