It's been over 3 years since I started a Meetup Group for Drupal Developers in Columbia, SC. The groups started out meeting at Richland County Public Libary (which is a Drupal site btw) and since has moved to the IT-Ology building at the corner of Sumter and Gervais in downtown Columbia.
We have met over 36 times since February 2010 and this past week we had our best turn-out so far with 12 Drupal Website builders attending. We discussed Drupal Commerce as well as responsive themes such as Omega. We had several serious newcomers who wanted a better understanding blocks and views and some other more basic concepts.
I spent some time showing people how to evaluate a Drupal module using the information on the Drupal module's project page and how to find the number of downloads for a particular version of the module.
We've had over 60 people attend these meetings representing dozens of companies, government organizations, non-profits, and educational institutions. There is a continued growth Drupal Development in South Carolina, and I am thrilled to be a part of it.
If you're interested in learning more about Drupal, please attent our Meetups at IT-Ology the 2nd Monday of Every Month. Also, I teach a Drupal 101 & 102 class every few months-- check the IT-Ology Calendar or signup for their newsletter for more information.