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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 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.
City of Columbia moves forward with “Business in Motion”
The City of Columbia’s Office of Economic Development has announced the kickoff of their “Business in Motion” program, an extension of their ongoing partnership with the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce focused on the retention and expansion of existing local businesses.
Eau Claire Development Corporation Held Ribbon Cutting for New Homes
On Tuesday, August 12, at a ribbon cutting, the Eau Claire Development Corporation (ECDC) previewed three new homes in the Burton Heights neighborhood. Currently, ECDC is developing Burton Heights III, located off of Farrow Road on Burton Heights Circle. The subdivision will accommodate 26 single family residential homes. There have been 20 newly constructed homes sold and 6 more are being developed this year. The homes will range from 1,300-1,600 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, all major appliances and a one car garage.
Let’s Move! Columbia GameDay - September 20th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Let’s Move! Columbia GameDay is back to offer a fun day of activities for the entire family. There will be a 3K race, field games, scavenger hunt, musical chairs, local dance and step teams, exhibitors and more! Attendees also have the chance to learn more about ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle. GameDay also includes a celebrity flag football game.
SC Midlands First Responders & Military Service Members Memorial
The evening will recognize the families of first responders and military service members who lost their lives in the line of duty and will include a roll call for fallen heroes, various musical performances, a flyover, and a memorial wreath presentation. Major General Gill Beck, 81st Regional Support Command, Fort Jackson, will deliver the keynote address.
 
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