COLUMBIA— City Manager Bill Watkins emphasized job creation as part of the "quest for excellence" outlined in his State of the City address on Wednesday. Columbia is trying to add a second Missouri-certified shovel-ready site to encourage economic development.
Missouri-certified sites have water, sewer and electric services along with proper zoning for industrial or commercial uses, Watkins said. He expects that within a month the city will close on property at Waco Road and Route B, known as the Sutter site.
"Realistically within a year, we would have the
second certified site in Columbia," Watkins said. The 100-acre
Sutter site is suited for advanced manufacturing, he said.
Watkins also said a third possible development site at Route Z and Interstate 70 is a couple years away from being certified. Sewer lines that are planned to serve the new high school could also be extended to the area.