Engage Richland is a year-round series of public events that engage residents in direct conversation with County staff through community meetings, hands-on demonstrations, workshops, facility tours, special events and more. Engage Richland seeks to encourage public input and dialogue and to improve communications between the public and the County.
Visit this page regularly to learn about upcoming Engage Richland events. Also, follow Richland County on Facebook and Twitter (@RichlandSC) for updates about Engage Richland and other important community information. Join in the conversation and attend an upcoming event! For more information, email the Public Information Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 803-576-2050.
Past Engage Richland Events
Shop Road Widening Public Meeting
5 p.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, May 17
Olympia Learning Center
621 Bluff Road, Columbia
Residents can review plans for the proposed Shop Road Widening Project funded by the Richland County Transportation Program. Staff and contractors will answer questions and receive verbal and written comments. For more information about the project, visit richlandpenny.com or call 1-844-RCPENNY.
Richland Recycles Day: Student Education Event
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, May 11
S.C State Fairgrounds, Columbia
Richland Recycles Day is an annual two-day event that includes a student education session, followed the next day by a huge recycling event at which Richland County residents can drop off household items, for free, to be disposed of responsibly. During the student education event, hundreds of local students will take part in interactive learning sessions with various groups and organizations that teach the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling. Students make solar-powered s'mores, participate in hands-on crafts, receive informative handtous and more. Teachers interested in having their class participate should contact Solid Waste & Recycling at 803-576-2246 more information; there is a registration deadline.
Storm Drain Marking Throughout April
Richland County Stormwater Management is seeking volunteers to help mark storm drains with round medallions that read "No Dumping/Drains to River" throughout April, which is Storm Drain Marking Month. Water that enters storm drains is untreated and flows into nearby waterways, meaning pollutants that enter storm drains – like motor oil, cigarette butts, pet waste and pesticides – can negatively affect the water quality of creeks and streams and harm aquatic plants and animals. Volunteers will be provided with everything they need to mark storm drains in their community. For more information, contact Chenille Williams in Stormwater Management at email@example.com or 803-576-2491.
Fair Housing Month: Achieve the American Dream for Latino Families
8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 28
Centro Cristiano, 2632 Decker Blvd., Columbia
Talk with staff from Richland County Community Development at this Fair Housing Month event that, this year, focuses on the Latino community. Receive information about how to find safe, quality and affordable housing in Richland and Lexington counties. Know your rights, know the law! This free event includes a continental breakfast and lunch, door prizes, music and family assistance. Registration is required. Call 803-576-2230 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Clemson/Sparkleberry Intersection Improvement Meeting
5 p.m.-7 p.m. Monday, April 30
Spring Valley High School Cafeteria
120 Sparkleberry Lane, Columbia
Residents can review plans for the proposed Clemson/Sparkleberry Intersection Improvement Project funded by the Richland County Transportation Program. Staff and contractors will answer questions and receive verbal and written comments. For more information about the project, visit richlandpenny.com or call 1-844-RCPENNY.
Richland Renaissance Community Meeting
6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12
Former Havertys store, 1430 W. Colonial Life Blvd., Columbia
The public is invited to attend this community meeting to hear the latest details about Richland Renaissance and learn more about the Start Center in the Dutch Square area and the role it will serve in fueling the economy for the entire County. Click here to learn more about Richland Renaissance.
Emergency Preparedness Session with Local Seniors
11 a.m. Tuesday, March 27
Emergency Operations Center, Richland County Emergency Services Department
2020 Hampton St., Columbia
Through a partnership with local senior citizens groups, a group of senior residents will visit the County's Emergency Operations Center and learn emergency preparedness tips from County staff, including Emergency Management Divisions Manager Mike Kalec, Chief Meteorologist and Emgergency Planner Ken Aucoin and Emergency Planner Sharon Long. Interested in having your community group take part in an Emergency Planning Session? Please contact the Public Information Office at email@example.com or 803-576-2050.
Tour of the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center
6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15
201 John Mark Dial Drive, Columbia
Residents are invited to register for a tour of the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center to learn more about the facility and meet some of the jail's dedicated corrections officers. Participants will receive a brief overview of the detention center from jail employees, then take a 45-minute walking tour of the detention center. Registration is capped at 30; children must be at least 13 years old. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot for the tour and receive additional details.
District 11 Richland Renaissance Town Hall
6 p.m. Thursday, March 8
Lower Richland Sheriff's Department Substation, 2615 Lower Richland Blvd., Columbia
District 11 residents are invited to attend to this community meeting to hear Councilman Norman Jackson provide information and answer questions about Richland Renaissance and what it means for the Lower Richland area, specifically District 11.
Richland Renaissance Community Meeting at Columbia Place Mall
5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13
Columbia Place Mall, 2nd floor of the former Dillard's store
7201 Two Notch Road, Columbia
This meeting will be live-streamed to richlandcountysc.gov for viewing online.
Residents are invited to attend this community meeting to learn more about Richland Renaissance, the County's progressive, service-based initiative to enhance the livability of local communities, spur economic development, rejuvenate neighborhoods and transit corridors and better provide essential resources to the growing population of residents and businesses.
The meeting is at Columbia Place Mall, which will become the site of several Richland County Government offices and operations as part of the Richland Renaissance project. Residents are encouraged to attend to submit questions and offer feedback. Learn more.
Land Development Code Rewrite Meetings
6 p.m.-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5
Council Chambers, 2020 Hampton St., Columbia
This meeting will be live-streamed to richlandcountysc.gov for viewing online.
It will also be live-streamed and broadcast at Hopkins Park, the Lower Richland High School auditorium,
Richland School District Two’s Institute of Innovation (R2i2), and these Richland Library locations:
Eastover, St. Andrews, Blythewood.
2 p.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7
Community Room at the Decker Center
“Everyone who lives, works or enjoys recreation in unincorporated Richland County will be affected and, therefore, should be invested in the success of this process,” says Ashley Powell, Richland County Planning Services Division Manager. Join in the conversation about where and how land should be developed in Richland County. Provide input at one of these meetings, talk with staff, get an understanding of the latest thinking about how Richland County will regulate growth and development, and learn how rewriting the land development code will help build a better, stronger County. Learn more.