Local Government

Columbia's blight debate: Timeline of enhanced enterprise zone effort

Regional Economic Development Inc. began to look into the possibility of an enhanced enterprise zone in early 2011. It first came before the City Council in January, and the council will consider re-establishing an EEZ board at its meeting on Monday.

Keep Columbia Free seeks volunteers for potential recall petition

Columbia group would seek removal of City Council members who vote to reform enhanced enterprise zone board

Columbia's blight debate: A question of jobs vs. neighborhood values

Columbia residents worry about property values and eminent domain in neighborhoods designated as blighted. Proponents of an enhanced enterprise zone insist the worries are unfounded and that the city needs to offer incentives to attract manufacturing jobs.

Columbia's blight debate: How an EEZ benefits businesses

Business that locate or expand within an enhanced enterprise zone are eligible for a number of economic incentives. To date, there are 199 such zones in Missouri.

City of Columbia to honor volunteers Friday

The event will recognize the contributions that volunteers have made to the city. Former Mayor Robert C. Smith will be presented with the 2012 Howard B. Lang Jr. Award for outstanding volunteer service to the city of Columbia.

Office of Cultural Affairs seeks public input on artwork for Daniel Boone City Building addition

The Office of Cultural Affairs is seeking input on artwork for the fifth floor of the addition to the Daniel Boone City Building. Artist Joel Sager has proposed a series of three architectural paintings for the space.

Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission recommends denying downtown rezoning request

Despite the recommendation for denial, developers Jon and Nathan Odle will construct another apartment complex on the south side of Walnut Street, their lawyer said.

Ordinance to establish EEZ Board in Columbia receives first reading

At a short special session Wednesday, the City Council heard the first reading of an ordinance that would establish an Enhanced Enterprise Zone Advisory Board.

Columbia moving forward with tax-increment financing plans

City staff are developing a tax-increment financing district map that would target areas of the city for infrastructure improvements. Members of the City Council and public have urged public involvement in this process.

Columbia City Council rescinds blight resolution

The City Council voted unanimously Monday evening to rescind a blight decree that was needed to establish an enhanced enterprise zone.

Columbia City Council approves Crosscreek apartment complex

The apartment complex at the Crosscreek Center, which will be called The Domain, will have 228 units within eight buildings on 23 acres.

Columbia City Council discusses change to trash collection method

The City Council discussed a potential move from plastic trash bags to roll carts during Monday's pre-council meeting. The recycling program would not be changed.

DoubleTree construction starts in June; developer says financing not a concern

Dave Parmley, who still needs $15 million to cover the project's cost, says he will have funding for the hotel within the month. 

Columbia City Council to amend blight resolution

The Columbia City Council will vote to rescind a portion of a resolution that certified that portions of Columbia and Boone County contain "inadequacies that lead to blight."

Chamber of Commerce committee hears enhanced enterprise zone presentations

A citizens group against the enterprise zone program declined to present its views to the chamber's Government Affairs Committee.

City Manager Mike Matthes reflects on his first year

Mike Matthes reflects on his first year in office and reviews key initiatives involving the Columbia Regional Airport, managing the city budget and improving the Columbia Police Department.

Development Strategies updates findings on the economic impact of historic preservation

Development Strategies, a consulting firm, reported its recent findings from an economic study it started in February. The study evaluates the economic impact of historic preservation.

Columbia's Fourth of July fireworks will move downtown this year

Fireworks will be shot from the top of the parking garage at Sixth and Cherry streets, and streets around the garage will close from 8:30 p.m. until the end of the display.

Columbia ponders increased use of popular public financing method

Although Columbia has two ongoing tax-increment financing projects downtown, city officials have expressed a desire to increase its use in the First Ward. Statewide data suggest many considerations need to be made before branching out.

Across Missouri, cities use tax-increment financing for a variety of purposes

City and county officials are pondering a more expansive use of tax-increment financing to address a variety of public projects. Here's a look at how the method is being used by other cities across Missouri.