Columbia’s future hangs on real jobs

Returning expert says economic performance slowed since 1994.
Thursday, May 3, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 11:28 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

When William Fruth came to town in November to give a presentation on the economic future of Columbia and Boone County, he perplexed the audience with his research findings and insight. Carol Van Gorp, CEO for the Columbia Board of Realtors, said his first appearance created so much buzz the board decided he should give a second presentation.