2014 Columbia Choice Awards Call For Entries
The Columbia Tree and Appearance Commission and Columbia Green present the 13th Annual Columbia Choice Awards for Landscaping and Beautification. These prestigious awards recognize individuals, businesses, neighborhoods and organizations whose work has significantly enhanced the appearance and quality of life of Columbia’s environment.
City Manager’s Spotlight on August 2014
The City Manager’s Spotlight provides details about what is happening in the City in an effort to stay connected with the community. The City Manager’s Spotlight on August 2014 reflects information about the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, Burton Heights’ Ribbon Cutting, National Night Out, The Gallery at City Hall, “Main Street Capital” Loan Program and more.
City Receives Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
The City of Columbia has received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).
“This is the first time that the City has been awarded the certificate since 2005,” said Jeff Palen, Chief Financial Officer. “The return of the City to receiving this award is the culmination of the work and effort of many individuals over the past five years.”
City Receives Major Transportation Grant
Congressman James E. Clyburn announced on September 9th that the City of Columbia will receive will be receiving a highly sought after Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The grant, worth $10,000,000, will provide funding to the city’s Seamless City Revitalization Project to revitalize a 1.27-mile project on North Main Street between Anthony and Fuller avenues in support of the City of Columbia’s extensive downtown streetscaping initiative.
City of Columbia Reveals “Main Street Capital” Loan Program
At a press conference, held on Tuesday, August 26 at Bourbon Columbia, the City of Columbia Office of Business Opportunities revealed their new business loan program called “Main Street Capital…Creating More Feet on Main Street”. The Main Street Capital program will offer loans up to $50,000 for new businesses locating to Main Street or existing businesses expanding on Main Street. To be eligible, businesses must be located on Main Street between Gervais Street and Elmwood Avenue. There will be special consideration given to businesses locating in the 1300-1600 blocks of Main Street.