As you probably know, here at CityBright we’re really interested in how millennials and Gen Z in South Carolina think — especially when it comes to politics and the issues. In the midst of one of the “most consequential elections of our lifetime,” we wanted to see where young people stood on the issues, for both research purposes and historical context. We conducted this survey among young people in South Carolina throughout the month of October. For the purposes of this survey, we considered Gen Z and Millennial people those ages 15–40.

We surveyed 193 folks with ages ranging from…


The process ain’t always pretty, but it sure has beauty.

My team, Amelia & Lyric, encouraged me to write a post about the past approximately 18 months of my life. And while that may sound strange, I realized decisions made and life events of the past 18 months have put me on a path I never imagined possible, or even thought I wanted.

18 (well 19 to be exact) months ago, I started my firm CityBright, LLC — a political and public affairs consulting firm. …


Engaged 2020

Not a ring (side eye), but ringing in the new year with plans to be more politically engaged in a major election year is something to be excited about.

Happy New Year, folks! It’s that time of year again: we’re diving into how we can collectively become more civically and politically engaged in the new year. (Read part one from last year).

If you hadn’t already guessed, this year is ~pretty important~ in the political world.

Aside from the obvious presidential election (more to come on that soon), here in South Carolina, we’ve got every state senate seat up, every


Getting involved in your local government is simpler than you think — and more impactful than you probably realize.

2019 is here, and with every new year come opportunities and even incentives to form new habits and do new things.

And while most of us have “get your butt to the gym” on our list of goals for the year, there also exist opportunities to exercise our rights as American citizens and get more involved in governmental processes.

For some, last year’s midterm elections brought about not only major changes in leadership but also a realization of how deeply individual…


The Office of the Mayor has partnered with PalmettoChain, a project for the development of an enterprise level blockchain platform for South Carolinians, in the development of the Columbia Youth Commission.

As an aside, I am counted as one of the founding contributors to the PalmettoChain project (you can find it at https://palmettochain.io/). Eeek! How cool is that?!

Stay tuned for more information regarding the Columbia Youth Commission and its blockchain technology-powered election.

Screen shot from the PalmettoChain website


I recently wrote a post for start-up Tradeversity (check them out!) called “5 tips for growing and leveraging your network.” I’ve had numerous people ask me if I had advice for them (disclaimer: ya girl is no expert) when it comes to networking and attending networking events.

See a few tips I’ve found helpful as well as my other post below. Happy handshaking!

  • Always have a FIRM handshake. You’d be surprised the number of people who will remember your name for simply having a good shake, especially (sadly) if you’re a woman. Ladies, don’t do that crappy offering of your…

Lauren Harper

CEO of CityBright, LLC. | South Carolinian Politico + Public Servant

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