Columbia, MO


Columbia, MO

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City Description

Columbia is the center for culture and education in Missouri. Home to the University of Missouri and two other colleges, Columbia provides a high quality of life. Almost all utilities services are provided by the City of Columbia along with a robust parks and trails system. The City's population experienced a 27% growth from 2000 to 2013 this includes a rapid growth in enrollment at the University of Missouri. With 64 square miles of land in the City, Columbia is starting to fill in. The City is interested in creating denser mixed use development close to the City’s center. Growth has certainly brought challenges and we encourage any incoming developer to familiarize themselves with Columbia’s plans and the neighborhoods they hope to build in. More people come to Columbia each year in search of an education, economic opportunity, a higher quality of life, and a place to retire. The City, Council, and residents welcome outside developers looking to bring quality projects to a growing community.

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Key Reasons for Investment

Columbia is consistently listed among the top cities in the United States by national magazines and organizations. Its excellent public school system, access to quality health care and central location consistently earn Columbia’s position as one of the top places to live and do business. Milken Institute ranked Columbia as the Number 1 Best Performing Small City in 2013, up from number 10 in 2012, 2013 Report by the US Bureau of Economic Analysis ranks Columbia as having the fastest growing economy in the State, 2014 Forbes ranks Columbia at the 6th Best Small Places for Business and Careers, 2013 Forbes ranks Columbia as the 20th Best Small Places for Business and Careers, Southern Business & Development – 2013 – Top Ten Shining Examples of Economic Development That’s Working, Parade ranked Columbia Missouri for Number 1 in their list of “2013 America’s Hardest-Working Towns, Newgeography has ranked Columbia MSA as the 41st Best Small City in the Best Cities for Job Growth in 2013, Under30CEO ranks Columbia as the 2nd Best Cities for Young Entrepreneurs 2013 in the Small Cities Population (100,000 to 250,000), 2012-13 College Destinations Index, published by the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) ranked Columbia the 10th Best College Town (population under 250,000) in the U.S,

Current and Future Development

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