Partner News | November 28

Edventure Children’s Museum Names New President and CEO

imagesAfter a national search, EdVenture Children’s Museum is pleased to announce that Karen Coltrane has been named EdVenture’s new President and CEO.

Coltrane comes to EdVenture from the Children’s Museum of Richmond where she has served as President and CEO for 10 years.

“Karen’s background and history with the Children’s Museum of Richmond give her a unique set of skills which are ideally suited for the future growth of EdVenture,” said Chip Amaker, Chairman of EdVenture’s Board of Directors. “We have a wonderful and dynamic staff, and with Karen’s leadership, we anticipate continued growth and success in the years to come.”

Coltrane brings a great deal of expertise to EdVenture, especially in the areas of fundraising and new business development. At Children’s Museum of Richmond, Coltrane led the efforts to successfully open multiple satellite locations of that museum, significantly increasing museum attendance and revenue.

“The search committee was extremely thoughtful and thorough in our search for a candidate that could take EdVenture to the next level,” said James Becker, Chairman of EdVenture’s Search Committee. “We are confident that Karen will extend EdVenture’s national reputation for excellence.”

Catherine Wilson Horne, longtime director of EdVenture, accepted the CEO position at Discovery Place last November. K. Wayne Thornley, EdVenture’s Vice President of Marketing and Museum Experiences has served as interim CEO since that time.

Coltrane will relocate to Columbia and assume her new position in early 2015.

The mission of EdVenture is to inspire children to experience the joy of learning. EdVenture is a locally-managed, not-for-profit informal educational institution dedicated to lifelong learning through its 92,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor interactive exhibit space and in its educational outreach programs and after school programs. The museum has welcomed visitors from all 50 states and 18 foreign countries, creating shared experiences and memories for families learning together. For more information about EdVenture, visit or call (803) 779-3100.


Richland County Transportation Penny Program Launches Logo, Brand and Website

penniesThe Transportation Penny program, today officially launched its website and brand identity, symbolized by a logo that highlights the significance of the penny to County residents. The launch of the logo, brand and website was developed in collaboration with County staff and the Transportation Penny program development team.

The logo features a 2012 penny, marking the year in which residents of Richland County passed the Special Sales and Use Tax. The program’s brand, Richland Penny, is wrapped around the penny within a silver lining, which is synonymous with the County’s seal. The slogan for the Richland Penny program is Pennies Impacting People.  The penny will positively impact the community through job creation, economic development, quality of life, and connectivity to green spaces for County residents and visitors.

Richland Penny’s website, at, is designed to educate, inform and involve residents. Features include publicizing public meetings, updating project phases, as well as highlighting the benefits of the program and procurement opportunities. As part of its mission to provide transparency and accountability, the Richland Penny team will post project costs and progress reports to the site.

The Richland Penny team will work closely with the County’s Transportation Department staff to ensure timely delivery of projects with seamless transitions through each phase.

“This is another step in the right direction in building this program from the ground up.  We look forward to utilizing this website throughout the life of the transportation program to provide accurate project information, small business opportunities, and program transparency to our citizens,” said Rob Perry, transportation director for Richland County.

ICA Engineering, Brownstone and M.B. Kahn are the engineering and construction management firms spearheading the Richland Penny program team. They will be responsible for ranking projects, managing the program budget and overseeing every phase of each project until completion. Richland County Council approved a five-year contract with the program development team Oct. 28.

The Richland Penny program office is located at 201 Arbor Lake Drive, Columbia, SC 29223.  Citizens can also find Richland Penny on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.


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