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Benjamin: Cities and counties must cooperate on issues

Jul 13, 2010 2:27:00 PM - thestate.com
The Columbia Metropolitan Airport and air quality were the topics of conversation Tuesday as 11 Midlands-area mayors and county council chairmen met to discuss regional issues.

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin called the meeting as part of his efforts to promote regionalism and collaboration on common issues.

"This is meant to be an ongoing discussion," Benjamin said at the start of the luncheon.

The elected officials heard about regional efforts to control the area's air quality in order to comply with an upcoming federal mandate to lower air pollution.

And, they discussed efforts to keep the Columbia Metropolitan Airport competitive after losing a bidding war to recruit Southwest Airlines. Southwest announced earlier this year that it would begin offering services in Charleston and at the Greenville-Spartanburg Regional Airport.

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