Paul Livingston has been a member of Richland County Council for more than 20 years and has been extremely instrumental in guiding county policy. He represents Richland County Council District 4.
As a lifelong resident of Richland County, Mr. Livingston has made significant and long-lasting contributions in the areas of economic development and education.Well versed and trained in the area of economic development, he has played an integral role in attracting major industry to South Carolina, Richland County and the Midlands. He is personally committed to the economic future of the Palmetto State and has taken additional steps to receive training, such as graduating from the South Carolina Economic Developer’s School. Moreover, he serves on several major regional economic development boards.
Prior to serving on County Council, Mr. Livingston served as a commissioner on the Richland School District One School Board. He has a passion for education and holds both graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of South Carolina.
He is married and is the parent of two adult children. It is his hope that his career in public service not only be a legacy that helped the community thrive economically but one which stressed the importance of both education and the arts.
A synopsis of Mr. Livingston’s service:
- Chairman, Richland County Council (2009-2011)
- Former member and chair, Board of Commissioners of Richland School District One (1988-1990)
- Former member, Columbia Museum of Art Board of Directors
- Vice chair, Central Carolina Economic Development Alliance
- Former member, State Advisory Council for Vocational and Technical Education
- Member, City Center Partnership
- Executive board member, Engenuity SC
- President, 100 Black Men of Greater Columbia
- Recipient of National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development Award, 1996
- Recipient of the outstanding USC Alumnus for Professional Excellence and Community Volunteer Service Award, 1989
- Outstanding Young Men of American Recipient, 1987
- Midlands Technical College Teacher of the Year, 1980-1981
- United Way Volunteer of the Year Runner-up award for the Midlands, 1980
- Nominee to Who’s Who among American Black Professors
- Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce’s Business Diversity Advocate Award Nominee, 2005