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REDI issues enterprise zone report to address concerns raised by City Council, residents

A report intended to address the consequences of rescinding the blight decree necessary to establish an enhanced enterprise zone will be up for discussion at Monday night's meeting of the Columbia City Council.

5 reasons the US job market might be weakening

While jobs numbers usually bounce around from month to month, experts argue there are several reasons to worry about the current job market.

Boone County reports biggest employment jump among Missouri's large counties

Employment increased in Boone County from September 2010 to September 2011 by 2.4 percent. Average weekly wages in the county also increased during that period, by 5.2 percent.

Rising gas prices have not slowed Midwest economy

A Creighton University economist said it would take a significantly higher increase in oil prices or a world catastrophe to seriously harm growth in the region.

Missouri River Bluffs Association helps small-business owners connect

The Missouri River Bluffs Association promotes small businesses in five Missouri counties — small businesses such as Walk-About Acres in Boone County.

Q&A: Why are gasoline prices so high?

Last year, the average price of gasoline was higher than ever, and it hasn't gotten any better this year. The average price nationwide is $3.88 per gallon, the highest ever for March. Why?

ANALYSIS: Job market increase could last this time

With more economic and political stability this year, the recent increase in jobs should be longer-lasting than similar trend last year.

Enhanced Enterprise Zone Board clarifies proposals

The Enhanced Enterprise Zone Board addressed weeks of public disgruntlement at its Friday meeting, which resulted in a map six census blocks smaller and a resolution to disassociate eminent domain and blight.

City leaders, legislators look to alter definition of blight

In an effort to address public scrutiny regarding the definition of blight, city leaders and area legislators want to alter the enhanced enterprise zone's state statute so that a local government's declaration of blight cannot be used for other laws that also necessitate a blight requirement.

Brown Shoe posts $8.2 million fourth quarter loss

The St. Louis-based company's shares tumbled $1.28, or 9.7 percent, Wednesday morning. About 155 employees will lose their jobs.

Public voices concerns about Enhanced Enterprise Zone, "blight" at meeting

Much of the public comment echoed questions that remained unanswered at last week's meeting between the Downtown Leadership Council and Regional Economic Development Inc.

Questions about enhanced enterprise zone linger from public, Downtown Leadership Council

Following a presentation by Regional Economic Development Inc., members of the Downtown Leadership Council as well as community members posed questions regarding the proposed enhanced enterprise zone in Columbia.

Resolution to create enhanced enterprise zone deems large portion of Columbia 'blighted'

The Regional Economic Development Inc. is pushing for an enhanced enterprise zone to create jobs and foster economic growth in Columbia. But others worry the term "blighted," featured in the state statute that creates these zones, is not truly reflective of the large parts of the city it might be applied to.

From relief to despair: Varying views of new jobs data

Employers added 243,000 jobs in January, a sign of progress to some people but a possible illusion to others.

Organizations team up against payday loans, insufficient minimum wage

Two state organizations, Missourians for Responsible Lending and Missourians for a Raise, have teamed up to gain support for their causes against payday loans and a low state minimum wage.

Legal Services Corporation announces budget cuts despite increase in caseload

Nonprofit legal advice programs nationwide experienced a $72 million cut in funding from Congress since 2010, which resulted in cutting 833 staff members across 135 programs nationwide. 

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Economic indicators for Columbia, Boone County and Missouri

Economic indicators for Columbia, Boone County and Missouri, including unemployment rates, weekly and yearly wage rates, cost of living and population comparisons.

 

Missouri's unemployment rate down to 8 percent

Missouri's unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a point between November and December 2011.

Missouri Gov. Nixon to deliver State of the State address

The Missouri governor is expected to focus on jobs and other economic issues.

Families adjust holiday shopping because of down economy

With the down economy, families across the U.S. are adjusting their holiday shopping plans to help save money.

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