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Read our Small-Scale Manufacturing Plan

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 […]

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The Community Pop Up Park is Open

Our new park at 807 Business Loop 70 East is now open to the public! The lot will be open daily from 9 am to 7 pm so people can come for lunch or to meet friends after work. The park also has a full complete of amenities for events […]

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We built a park!

Remember this vacant lot?   Neither do we because this is what it looks like now! Over 100 volunteers gathered on the Business Loop this past Saturday to help build a park on a vacant lot owned by Boone Electric Cooperative. Volunteers built tables, painted shipping containers, laid astroturf, strung […]

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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 […]

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Pop Up Park Use Application

Our new Community Pop Up Park is open daily but we also encourage groups to host events at the park. We have amenities specifically for these events including moveable tables and chairs, portable restrooms, electricity, lights, a hand washing station, trash cans, and various lawn games. If you would like […]

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Loop Board Meeting

The Loop Community Improvement District Board of Directors Meeting 601 Business Loop 70 W #128 Thursday, April 18, 2019 8:00 am Approval of Minutes Approval of Financials Committee Reports Executive Committee Old Business Small-Scale Manufacturing Report – Next Steps New Business Pop Up Park Guidelines Preliminary Budget Discussions Director’s Report […]

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We’re Building a Bike Station!

We’re building a bike station on the west side of the Business Loop! Thanks to grant funding from the Columbia Board of Realtors, volunteer help from ForColumbia, and support from the folks at Parkade Plaza, we’re building a second public space at Parkade Plaza near the MKT-Parkade Bike Boulevard. This space will have […]

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We’re Building a Park!

On Saturday, April 27 get ready for an old-fashioned barn raising as we build a park in a day! Boone Electric Cooperative is letting us transform a vacant lot into a pop-up park with the help of ForColumbia, a group of volunteers from 66 local churches, and donations from all over town. […]

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Arbor Day Tree Give Away

Join the City of Columbia TreeKeeper volunteers and Parks & Recreation Forestry staff for their annual Arbor Day Tree Give Away! Trees will be given away starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 6 at the Columbia Farmer’s Market, Parkade Plaza location. The trees are bare root seedlings. The trees […]

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Building Inclusive Communities Workshop

PedNet is hosting a Building Inclusive Communities (BIC) workshop, presented by the University of Missouri Center for Health Policy. BIC is an introductory inclusion workshop that builds awareness through short presentations, experiential activities, reflection, and dialogue. Friday, April 5, 2019 11am – 4pm Columbia/Boone County Health Department, 1005 W Worley […]

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The Loop and the Hyperloop

If you’ve been hearing the hype about the Columbia Loops and want to know more, make plans to attend the next Hawthorn College Event! Bill Turpin, CEO of the Missouri Innovation Center and Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Economic Development at the University of Missouri, shares information about the St. […]

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