Small-Scale Manufacturing Report

The Business Loop CID was one of six organizations in the nation to receive a Smart Growth America grant designed to encourage local, small-scale manufacturing as a way to revitalize an underperforming area of the city and create new economic opportunities. A critical part of this plan was to find […]

Spaces for Local Makers

A team of experts from Smart Growth America, Recast City, and the Economic Development Administration just spent three days here in Columbia touring small manufacturing sites, holding roundtables with makers, and hosting a Makers Town Hall that had more than 150 Columbians in attendance. They loved our city and were […]

Join us for a Makers Town Hall

You’re invited to participate in a special community town hall on the evening of March 12 at Parkade Plaza, 601 Business Loop 70 West, Rm. 241. The Loop CID is partnering with REDI on a new initiative to strengthen the Business Loop, reinvest in our spaces, and support more small-scale […]

Good Food, Good Business

The University of Missouri Extension presents the Growing Local Food Economies: Good Food, Good Business conference which will show how food system initiatives and strengthened rural-urban linkages impact producers, communities and regional economies. Keynote speaker Dr. Becca Jablonski from Colorado State University will lead the morning discussion highlighting relevant data and […]

Shared Kitchens and Food Incubators

It was a foodie heaven. A large commercial kitchen full of chefs bottling sauces and packaging meals. Across the way was a row of small restaurant spaces with local offerings ranging from vegetarian to Asian fusion to Mexican. People were eating lunch at shared tables or grabbing a cup of […]

Calling all Makers and Manufacturers

  Columbia is home to makers, creators, and fabricators. People brew beer in their basements, roast coffee in their kitchens, or build furniture in their garages. Others work in textiles or garment construction. School kids board the STEAM Bus to learn coding and engineering skills with a Raspberry Pi. Small-scale manufacturing […]

2018 Annual Report

The Business Loop Community Improvement District is pleased to present our 2018 Annual Report. We’ve been working on strengthening the economic vitality of the street and have recently completed a ten-year, corridor-wide improvement plan focusing on beautification, traffic management, and public space. Property Values The steady increase in property values […]

Welcoming Artisan Industries

Under the city’s new development code, activities on mixed-use corridors such as ours have been expanded to include uses previously prohibited but now recognized as creative ways to spark vitality and economic development. One category that caught our eye was something called “artisan industries.” Artisan industries are defined as small-scale […]