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COMO Cooks

You may have heard that we have completed another step in our path to a shared commercial kitchen on The Loop. We still have plenty of work to do but we’ll be updating everyone as we get further into the project, on this website and our COMO MAKES site. In […]

Spaces for Local Makers

A team of experts from Smart Growth America, Recast City, and the Economic Development Administration 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 amazed […]

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 […]

Now Accepting Board Applications

Interested in helping us make some improvements on The Loop? Apply for the board! Applicants must be at least 18 years old and either an owner of real property OR owner/representative of a business operating within the district OR a registered voter residing within the district. Board members will be responsible […]

Nominate a Climate Champion

The City of Columbia is no accepting nominations for the 2020 Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement Awards. The City of Columbia passed the Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement (MCPA) awards (R 75-14) in 2014. The program was created to recognize the efforts of local business and organizations who take action in their […]

Neighborhood Leadership Academy

The City of Columbia Community Development Department and University of Missouri Extension are pleased to announce the 2020 Neighborhood Leadership Academy. The Academy aims to give you the tools and strategies for better engaging in your neighborhoods by providing education on advocacy, mobilizing resources, building social capital, and much more. […]

Annual Report 2019

The Business Loop Community Improvement District is pleased to present our 2019 Annual Report. Our mission is to improve the environment and the economy of The Loop and we’ve made significant progress in both of those areas with our Loop Corridor Plan and our Small-Scale Manufacturing Plan. Property Values Property […]

Designing The Loop

In urban development circles, it’s common to talk about public art as a way to create a strong identity for an area. For hundreds of years, cites have placed works of art in their public squares and that tradition continues today. We are certainly considering the role of public art as we […]

Meet the New Deputy City Manager

The public is invited to a meet and greet with the City’s new Deputy City Manager De’Carlon Seewood and new Finance Director Matthew Lue on Monday, Dec. 2. There will be two times for members of the community to meet and visit with Seewood and Lue on Monday, a morning […]

Holiday Maker Faire!

Calling all makers and Loop Business–we’re hosting a Holiday Maker Market on Sunday, December 8 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and we’d love to have you there showcasing your wares. You can sell your goods, host a makers demonstration, or simply display your products and take orders. For details, please […]

We’re an Etsy Maker City!

Jabberwocky Studios and the Loop Community Improvement District (CID) are proud to announce their selection as one of five Etsy Maker Cities in the nation. Each Maker City grantee is receiving $40,000 in direct program support along with customized training and a year-long learning community provided by ​Recast City​, along […]

Hickman High Native Garden

Help Hickman students plant a Native Wildflower garden as part of our Loop beautification plan! The students have planned a native garden–purple and gold of course–on the corner of Business Loop and Providence which will serve as a test project for landscaping other areas of The Loop. They need your help! […]