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Have a Splashin’ Good Time at Riverfront Park | August 27
The City of Columbia, Richland County and Lexington County will host the 7th annual Summer Celebration of Water. This free family-friendly festival will be held at Riverfront Park in Columbia from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The festival will feature free kayaking and paddle-boarding on the Columbia Canal. Guests can also learn about the history of the Columbia Canal or the local wild life on one of the walking tours. And kids can cool off on the waterslides and get their faces painted. For details, visit www.SummerCelebrationOfWater.com.
​City of Columbia Announces #LoveColumbia 2016 Photo Challenge Winners
The #LoveColumbia Photo Challenge is a City initiative that encouraged citizens of Columbia to submit photos via social media of the images they love in the City. Through the photo challenge, citizens were invited to explore our picturesque city. The following winners unveiled their images on Tuesday, August 16, 2015, during the City Council meeting: Facebook – Bryan Hall, Twitter – Katia Lee and Instagram – Melanie Matthews. The winning photos and biography for each winner will be featured in the Gallery at City Hall, the city’s website and in the Public and Media Relations Department’s publications.
City Manager's Spotlight | July 2016
The City Manager’s Spotlight provides details about what is happening in the City of Columbia in an effort to keep citizens informed about City operations. The City Manager’s Spotlight on July 2016 reflects on the City's Wastewater National Water Heroes Award, Riverfront Park's Outdoor Fitness Center, National Night Out Kick Off, NeighborhoodLIFT program and more.
City Receives Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to City of Columbia by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.
Disaster Relief Community Input Meeting
The City of Columbia needs YOUR input! The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has allocated $19.98 million to help the City and its residents recover from the October 2015 flood. The funds can be used to help resolve unmet needs in the following areas: housing, economic development and infrastructure.
Councilwoman Devine Selected to Participate in Women in Government Leadership Program
Governing Institute’s Women in Government Leadership Program brings together outstanding elected women leaders from across the nation to acknowledge their contributions, provide leadership development, and to mentor the next generation of women leaders to run for office. The first two classes completed their yearlong curriculums in 2015 and 2016, respectively. The 50 alumnae of the program are now “paying it forward” recruiting women candidates around the U.S.
Do Business the Smart Way with OBO’s Newest #SmartBusiness Small Business Series
During August, small business owners will have the opportunity to enhance their businesses and do #SmartBusiness by attending the many workshops that OBO has to offer. OBO recognizes that small businesses drive the U.S. economy by providing jobs for over half of the nation's private workforce. To encourage further growth and development, these workshops will provide insight on business concepts such as access to capital, effective marketing strategies, adequate accounting systems, and comprehensive business plans to name a few.
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