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How do you travel on a Bike Boulevard?

You may have noticed construction on the west end of the Business Loop, near the intersection of Madison and Parkade. What you’re seeing is the final stage of the new MKT-Parkade Bike Boulevard. What is a bike boulevard? Good question! According to the National Association of City Transportation Officials, Bicycle […]

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Attack of the Birds

A few weeks ago, I was walking through the streets of Ann Arbor, Michigan with a group of other professionals from the Columbia Chamber of Commerce’s yearly Leadership Visit when Jonathan looked up from his phone and said, “There’s a nest nearby.” We dashed across the street and snagged the last two […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Loop CID Meetings

The Loop Community Improvement District Board of Directors Meeting 601 Business Loop 70 W #128 Thursday, November 15, 2018 8:00 am – 9:00 am Approval of Minutes Approval of Financials/Year End Overview Executive Committee Report Personnel Recommendations Director’s Report New Reporting Guidelines Small Business Saturday Small Manufacturing Grant Public Comment […]

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Small Business Saturday is Nov. 24

You’ve heard about Black Friday but what about Small Business Saturday? Held the first Saturday after Thanksgiving, the goal is to create a small business counterpoint to Black Friday by encouraging people across the country to support small, locally owned and operated businesses. By 2017 an estimated 108 million consumers […]

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Lane closures scheduled on Bus Loop 70 East

Beginning Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 8:30 a.m., McClure Engineering Company plans to perform an inspection of the Colt Railroad bridge over E. Business Loop 70 for City of Columbia Railroad Administration. This will result in a lane closure of the eastbound lane of E. Business Loop 70 between North Old […]

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Neighborhood Park Fun Day

Join us on October 10 at Downtown Optimist Park for a Neighborhood Park Fun Day! Set aside an evening for fun and get to know your neighbors. Variety of activities and games provided, bring a picnic, blanket and lawn chairs! Block parties will feature additional entertainment and a job fair. […]

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Mayor’s Climate Protection Awards

Nominate a local climate advocate! Each year, the City of Columbia hosts the Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement (MCPA) awards to recognize local businesses and organizations for taking action in their own operations to reduce environmental impacts, champion sustainable practices and promote a culture of environmental responsibility. With categories including Environmental […]

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Final Family Fun Fest of 2018

“Creative Kids” will be the theme of the last Family Fun Fest of 2018. Columbia Parks and Recreation is partnering with the City’s Office of Cultural Affairs to hold the free event from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at Cosmo Park, 1615 Business Loop 70 W. Don’t […]

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The Loop Awarded Federal Grant to Support Local Manufacturing

The Business Loop Community Improvement District (CID) is one of six organizations in the nation selected to receive technical assistance tailored to help Columbia identify and support local, small-scale manufacturing along the Business Loop Corridor. This type of manufacturing is locally-based and focused on the production of tangible, artisan goods. […]

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