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Spaces for Local Makers

A team of experts from Smart Growth America, Recast City, and the Economic Development Administration just spent three days here in Columbia touring small manufacturing sites, holding roundtables with makers, and hosting a Makers Town Hall that had more than 150 Columbians in attendance. They loved our city and were amazed at the level of […]
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Join us for a Town Hall

You're invited to participate in a special community town hall on the evening of March 12 at Parkade Plaza, 601 Business Loop 70 West, Rm. 241. The Loop CID is partnering with REDI on a new initiative to strengthen the Business Loop, reinvest in our spaces, and support more small-scale manufacturing in Columbia. This project […]
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A Federal Grant Assists the Loop in Developing a “Maker Economy”

By Jennifer Truesdale for the Columbia Business Times While Columbia boasts a healthy startup economy for local coffee roasters, breweries, and the like, it lacks a concentrated sector devoted to the small-scale artisan manufacturing that generates middle-skills jobs — those that require training but not a college degree. Carrie Gartner, executive director of The Loop, says that’s […]
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Shared Kitchens and Food Incubators

It was a foodie heaven. A large commercial kitchen full of chefs bottling sauces and packaging meals. Across the way was a row of small restaurant spaces with local offerings ranging from vegetarian to Asian fusion to Mexican. People were eating lunch at shared tables or grabbing a cup of coffee at the adjacent coffee […]
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Project Steering Committee Selected

The following individuals have volunteered to serve on the Steering Committee for this Small-Scale Manufacturing Grant. These individuals represent a wide range of interests, all of which are invaluable to this project. As we progress, we'll also be bringing in groups of makers, educators, bankers, and others who can offer insights to the committee. Craig […]
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The Loop Awarded National Grant

The Business Loop Community Improvement District (CID) is one of six organizations in the nation selected to receive technical assistance tailored to help Columbia identify and support local, small-scale manufacturing along the Business Loop Corridor. This type of manufacturing is locally-based and focused on the production of tangible, artisan goods. This includes value-added agricultural products, […]
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