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U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (foreground) with University President Harris Pastides (left) and David Ogden, deputy attorney general of the United States
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (foreground) with University President Harris Pastides (left) and David Ogden, deputy attorney general of the United States.

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“Having the internationally recognized Darla Moore School in Innovista will be transformative,” Pastides said. “We are thrilled to announce our intent to construct a new building. But, ultimately, Innovista is about the people and what goes on inside the buildings. The teaching, learning and research, along with the Darla Moore School’s vast array of seminars and conferences, will help attract knowledge-based enterprises to Innovista and potentially to our state and build the intellectual foundation of Innovista.”

Pastides also praised Graham for helping turn the idea into reality.

“Senator Graham’s help in shepherding this proposal through the federal approvals process, including the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Justice and Congress, was invaluable,” Pastides said. “Thanks to his dedication to our state and all our citizens, the University of South Carolina and the Midlands will experience the sweeping economic and intellectual benefits of this announcement today.”

Graham called the agreement a visionary collaboration that will save taxpayer dollars.

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  • U.S. Department of Justice to lease Close-Hipp Building
  • More than 250 high-paying jobs coming to Columbia
  • Darla Moore School of Business to move to Innovista

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