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1301 Gervais tower renamed


Staff Report
Published March 9, 2012

Today, the Tower at 1301 Gervais, a landmark in the Columbia skyline, becomes IT-oLogy @ Innovista.

The installation of the IT-oLogy @ Innovista signage exemplifies the partnership between IT-oLogy and Innovista to foster the development, growth and relocation of information technology companies, small and large, the partners said in a statement.

"This marks the fruition of one of our original visions: a district with the strategic clustering of IT companies in one locality," said Don Herriott, director of Innovista Partnerships. "More companies are seeing the advantages of co-location, and IT-oLogy @ Innovista now houses nine IT companies, and counting."

IT-oLogy’s mission is to promote, teach and grow the IT talent pipeline and profession, officials said.

With Innovista’s mission of creating, attracting and growing knowledge-based companies in the Midlands, the two constitute a perfect partnership for recruiting to the new IT-oLogy @ Innovista building, they said. Clustering IT companies in a single location, such as the Tower at 1301 Gervais, can open the door for new opportunities for partnership and business development, stimulate new ideas and industry innovation and help in the recruitment of new companies to the region, they said.

“Our goal is to bring the IT community together in a collaborative environment to develop the IT pipeline through programs at all levels,” said Lonnie Emard, executive director of IT-oLogy. “The partnership with Innovista is a perfect example of this collaborative effort because we are bringing together people and companies that are dedicated to both of our missions.”

IT-oLogy offers K-12 programs where students explore numerous IT career options, internships for undergraduate students and continuing education opportunities that keep professionals constantly learning and up-to-date, Emard said. When all this happens, the result is a vibrant economic picture, which is the goal of Innovista, he said.

“At the University of South Carolina, our responsibility to students and alumni extends beyond education. It includes a commitment to helping them find jobs, good jobs, when they graduate,” said Harris Pastides, president of the University of South Carolina. “The pairing of IT-oLogy and Innovista is perfect because of their complementary missions, each focused on growing our innovation economy in this region and across South Carolina.”

“From the outset, the vision of IT-oLogy has been to have business and academic partners collaborate to advance IT talent,” Emard said. “The lack of IT talent is a national epidemic that is solved in a local manner. The establishment of IT-oLogy @ Innovista is a visible representation of bringing companies together to collaborate and partner, fostering new ideas and technologies.”

Recently, IT-oLogy announced the establishment of the branch IT-oLogy @ University Center of Greenville. IT-oLogy will continue to open branches across the nation as a way to advance IT talent in a grassroots manner, Emard said.

For more information about Innovista, contact Lauren Edwards at 803-777-8786 or Laurene@mailbox.sc.edu.

For more information about IT-oLogy, contact Powers Strickland at 803-354-5735 or email powers.strickland@it-ology.org.

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