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Building Inclusive Partnerships in Columbia, MO

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Building Inclusive Partnerships in Columbia, MO

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As part of the Strategic Plan economy focus, the City is working on efforts to help advance women- and minority-owned businesses in the community. The City Supplier Diversity Program and Shelter Insurance teamed up to...

New MKT Trail Mural to be Unveiled Aug. 1

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New MKT Trail Mural to be Unveiled Aug. 1

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The Stewart Road Underpass along the MKT Trail just got a little brighter. Join us on Tuesday, August 1, at 5 p.m. for the public unveiling of the Stewart Road Mural, "Make a Brighter Future," painted by young and eme...

City Manager’s 2017 State of the City Address

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City Manager’s 2017 State of the City Address

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Columbia, Missouri City Manager Mike Matthes presents his State of the City report, describing municipal priorities and detailing progress made. The official document can be read at /city-manager/annual-programs-prior...

Strategic Plan Leaders: Social Equity

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Strategic Plan Leaders: Social Equity

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Toni Messina and the Social Equity team continue to improve the odds for success in Columbia. The team works with community partners to strengthen the community so all individuals can thrive.

2017 Fair Housing and Lending Seminar

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2017 Fair Housing and Lending Seminar

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The seminar is a free public event that includes presentations by fair housing and lending experts. This year's event was held Friday, April 7, 2016 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at City Hall, 701 East Broadway, Columbia, ...

Housing the Homeless: When Housing Comes First

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Housing the Homeless: When Housing Comes First

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"Homelessness is a complex problem, but homelessness is a fixable problem," says Steve Hollis, Columbia’s Manager of Human Services. "The first step is putting someone into a home." Homelessness is a reality that tho...

24th Annual Columbia Values Diversity Celebration

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24th Annual Columbia Values Diversity Celebration

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The 24th annual Columbia Values Diversity Celebration was held Thursday, January 12, 2017, from 7 a.m.–8:45 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Expo Center. Each year, the Celebration brings people together from throughout our co...

City of Columbia, Missouri, Year in Review 2016

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City of Columbia, Missouri, Year in Review 2016

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There are many reasons to be proud of Columbia, Missouri, the community we call home. This video reel highlights only a few of our city's achievements from 2016.

Columbia Values Diversity Student Writings

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Columbia Values Diversity Student Writings

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This video was included as part of the 24th Annual Columbia Values Diversity Celebration. Students in grades 4–12 were invited to submit original essays or poetry for possible publication in the 2017 Columbia Values ...

Overcoming Police Bias

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Overcoming Police Bias

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All people, even well-intentioned people, have bias. To reduce police bias in our community, the Columbia Police Department is adopting a new way of policing called fair and impartial policing. Sgt. Michael Hestir re...