Town Council hires MPA Strategies to market, brand Blythewood

BLYTHEWOOD – After months of contentious wrangling over who should receive 30 percent of the Town’s SAT (state accommodation tax) funds to market and brand the Town of Blythewood, town council voted 3-2 in favor of a Columbia firm, MPA Strategies. The Greater Blythewood Chamber of Commerce and MPA were the two finalists out of […]

BW okays July 3 fireworks, awaiting Commerce approval

BLYTHEWOOD – Council voted Monday night to go forward with the July 3rd Fireworks in Doko Park. Due to COVID restrictions, the popular event, which draws as many as 5,000 to the park every July 3, was not held last year. Because it was cancelled after it was scheduled, the Town was obligated per contract […]

Road to FY 21-22 budget outlined

BLYTHEWOOD – Town Hall staff has given notice of the 2021 budget calendar  that began Monday with staff going over budget items with the town administrator. The budget discussions that lead to the final budget approval on June 28, are as follows: March 17 – meet with mayor, administrator and finance to review first draft […]

Blythewood town council bickers over marketing choices

BLYTHEWOOD – With an estimated $35,000 or so in annual state accommodation tax (SAT) revenue to work with, town council, on Monday night, took aim at choosing a marketing firm that will draw crowds of tourists to Blythewood. While that didn’t happen, the meeting produced considerable bickering among board members. At one point Councilman Sloan […]

Council to kick off planning on Saturday

Mayor is Looking for Four or Five Big Projects, 10-12 Smaller Ones BLYTHEWOOD – A strategic planning session for Blythewood is set for Saturday, Jan. 23 at the Doko Manor. The meeting will last from 9 a.m. until 12 noon. The public is invited. It was during the Nov. 25 council meeting that Mayor Bryan […]

BW Council tightens rules on A-Tax, H-Tax use

Receipts Now Required for Final Report BLYTHEWOOD – As the Feb. 3 deadline approaches for non-profits to submit applications to Blythewood Town Hall for state and local A-Tax (accommodation tax) and H-Tax (hospitality tax) revenue to fund events in fiscal year 2021 and 2022, those applicants are going to be held to a higher accountability […]

Council issues RFP for marketing Blythewood

BLYTHEWOOD – In its latest effort to decide how to best promote and brand the Town of Blythewood, town council has posted an RFP (Request for Proposal) on the Town’s website ( intended to attract the professional services of a qualified full-service marketing, advertising and/or grant writing services agency. “The Town desires to grow its […]

Council hires new town admin

BLYTHEWOOD – Mayor Bryan Franklin has announced the hiring of a new town administrator. Carroll S. Williamson, who has served as the Planning and Development Director for the City of Cayce since 2017, accepted the position early last week, according to Franklin. Council voted unanimously at a special called meeting on Dec. 16 to extend […]

Franklin issues strategic plan suggestions

BLYTHEWOOD – In an effort to initiate a strategic plan for the Town, Mayor Bryan Franklin said he plans to pull together available folks together in January, prior to town council’s monthly meeting on Jan. 25, to develop and publish a town mission, vision and values. Franklin said he wants to develop near-term, short-term and […]

Council defers vote for marketing path

BLYTHEWOOD – In a special called meeting Wed., Dec. 16, Blythewood town council continued to wrangle over how to spend 30 percent of state accommodations tax revenue that is required by state law to be allocated to a non-profit entity for promotion and publicity for the Town. After an executive session discussion about whether to […]