Partner News | February 20

YMCA of Columbia Announces New Downtown YMCA Location

YMCA ColumbiaThe YMCA of Columbia announces that its new Downtown Columbia YMCA location will be at the corner of Bull Street and Hampton Street and will open in spring of 2016.

“Our new Downtown YMCA will enable us to better support the people and neighborhoods that need it most by addressing many of our community’s most critical issues with a state-of-the-art facility to deliver programs like LIVESTRONG at the YMCA and the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program,” said Bryan Madden, Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of Columbia. “Now that the location selection process is complete, we look forward to the next phases of design and construction.”

The Downtown YMCA was one of the first 50 Ys in the United States and has been a support system for thousands of Columbia residents.

Into the 21st century, the YMCA of Columbia continues to adapt to make a major impact on the many challenges facing our community, our state and the nation. From the tens of thousands of children who have been impacted by quality childcare, camps and sports programs, to the countless adults whose lives have been strengthened through healthier lifestyles, the Downtown YMCA’s contribution to the Columbia community continues.

Over the past century and a half, the YMCA of Columbia has been a community-transforming institution, not only in the Midlands, but also in the entire United States. The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Regardless of age, income or background – the Y works to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. The Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Please visit for more information.


EDTS Named to CRN’s 2015 Managed Service Provider 500 List

edts_logoEDTS, a regional IT services company specializing in managed IT services, network security, and advanced infrastructure for Southeastern businesses, has been named to the 2015 CRN Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list as a member of the MSP Pioneer 250.

The list recognizes the top technology providers and consultants in North America whose leading-edge approach to managed services enables customers to improve operational efficiencies, elicit greater value from their IT investment, accelerate time to market, sand fully leverage technology to achieve greater competitive advantage.

Honorees on the MSP Pioneer 250 have a business model heavily weighted toward managed services focused on the small- and midsize-business market, according to CRN, a division of The Channel Company and a leading media resource of IT vendors and solutions which selects the top MSPs.

“The allure of Everything-as-a-Service to organizations is rooted in the appeal of predictable operational expenses, cost-cutting, resource allocation and access to pay-as-you-go technology,” said Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company.  “We congratulate these managed service providers who have engineered their businesses to deliver the services customers rely on for future growth and ongoing success.”

EDTS has also been ranked 121st among managed service providers worldwide on the 2014 MSPmentor 501 Global Edition list, and has been named to the Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America for five consecutive years.  The firm ranks among the fastest-growing companies in South Carolina on multiple lists.

“The managed services landscape continues to evolve rapidly as organizations are discovering they can impact both bottom-line and top-line growth,” said Charles Johnson, CEO of EDTS.  “Being recognized in this top tier of managed service providers is a testament to the commitment to excellence of our employees and the confidence and support of our growing client base, and we look forward to sharing insights and best practices from this group with our customers.”

Founded in 1999, EDTS has over 50 professionals serving clients 24/7/365 across the Southeast from offices in Augusta, GA and Columbia and Greenville, SC.  A full service technology consulting firm, EDTS specializes in networking, security and managed IT services for business.  The firm helps customers increase productivity and reduce cost associated with information technology.  EDTS has been named to the Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America for five consecutive years, and honored among the fastest-growing companies in South Carolina on multiple lists.  Learn more at


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