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Mayor Steve Benjamin Issues Statement Regarding Additional Disaster Recovery Funding
Mayor Steve Benjamin shared his reaction to an announcement today that South Carolina will receive additional disaster recovery funding. “We are grateful for Congressman Clyburn’s leadership in securing this investment. The direct allocation of CDBG funds to cities is one of the most effective ways the federal government can develop our nation’s urban cores. In Columbia, we will use this grant to improve some of our infrastructure affected by the floods of 2015 and 2016,” Mayor Steve Benjamin stated. Please see a detailed release below that was sent out earlier today regarding this major announcement.
City of Columbia Honored as 2017 Playful City USA Community
National non-profit KaBOOM! is honoring the City of Columbia with a 2017 Playful City USA designation for the fourth consecutive year. Playful City USA honors cities and towns across the country for putting the needs of families first so kids can learn, grow and develop important life skills. These communities are transforming ordinary places into playful spaces and using play as a solution to the challenges facing their residents. “We are so thrilled to be named a Playful City for the fourth consecutive year,” said Mayor Steve Benjamin. “Our incredible staff at Parks & Recreation has truly set the bar high and made play possible for all of Columbia’s families and our children.”
City and CEZ Announce Plans for Busby Street Community Resource and Training Complex
The Busby Street Community Resource & Training Complex is an 8+ acre site and will provide a perfect venue for business, training/educational and community residents to gather for meetings and activities. The City prides itself on providing opportunities that empower, educate and train our residents, and connect our communities. This building will provide a place for countless engagement opportunities by residents, entrepreneurs, workforce agencies, educational entities, the police and the public. It will be a place where our entire community can connect inside the facility or outside in open space or on the walking trail.
City Community Development to Host Homebuyer Workshop
The City of Columbia Community Development Department will host a Homebuyer Workshop on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at Earlewood Park, located at 1111 Parkside Dr., from 9 AM – 1 PM. The Homebuyer Workshop is a 4 hour session. During the workshop participants will gain knowledge about the home buying process, and how to develop the skills needed to tackle money management, barriers to credit, and getting a mortgage loan. This workshop is free and open to the public. Registration is required. To register please visit http://gate.columbiasc.gov/hbw2017/ or contact Community Development at 803-545-3373.
City of Columbia designated as a Bicycle Friendly Community
The City of Columbia has been designated as a Bicycle Friendly Community at the Bronze level by the League of American Bicyclists. The Bicycle Friendly Community program is a national recognition program administered by the League of American Bicyclists; there are currently 416 Bicycle Friendly Communities in the United States. Receiving a designation as a "Bicycle Friendly Community" is a designation with real meaning; it is difficult to earn and important to renew. The Bicycle Friendly Community program provides a roadmap to improving conditions for bicycling and guidance to help make your community's vision for a better, bikeable community a reality. .
City Celebrates National Preservation Month in May
National Historic Preservation Month was started in the 1970s by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a way to promote historic places and it has been going strong ever since! Throughout this month, events and activities are scheduled across the country to celebrate the history and architecture of communities big and small. In the spirit of Preservation Month we encourage you to get out and enjoy the history that Columbia has to offer! Here are a few (free) ways to celebrate National
 
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