Stoney Creek Sessions

After breakfast at The Broadway Hotel, attendees gathered at Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center for an intense day of sessions.  We began the morning with an update from City Manager John Glascock on the city budget, priorities and recovery planning updates.  Many job cuts from the city’s budget did not necessarily result in a … Continued


Why Columbia?

Continuing our morning at Stephens College, our higher education session was followed by a spotlight session on NextGen with Dr. Richard Barohn, Scientific Director, NextGenPrecisionHealth. Dr. Barohn shared the promising demographics of incoming Mizzou doctors and a general update on the progress on the NextGen project.  Afterward, we spent the rest of the morning, focusing … Continued


What is it going to take for Columbia to be a thriving community?

During Leadership Visit, the topics we cover will explore many of the challenges that have to be addressed in our community. In contrast, others will highlight some significant opportunities ahead of us. The Chamber selected each session’s topic because of how critical they are to Columbia being a great place to live, learn, work, and … Continued


Welcome to Leadership Visit

Leadership Visit is happening! As with everything in 2020, our annual program is not exactly how we imagined it back in 2019. However, we are glad to provide the opportunity to our community to safely gather while working towards bettering our community. The Leadership Visit is an annual fall experience coordinated by the Columbia Chamber … Continued


February Newsletter Stories

Stories from our February Columbia Chamber of Commerce newsletter. Workforce Development Division of the Chamber Approved In January, the Chamber Board approved a recommendation from the Workforce Development Action Committee to develop a new division of the Columbia Chamber: the Workforce Development Division.  The recommendation follows several months of study by an action committee comprised … Continued


What Was Discussed on the Leadership Visit to Tuscaloosa?

The annual Leadership Visits are a wonderful opportunity for Chamber members and community leaders to discuss ideas to improve our community.  We have seen exciting results from past trips, such as the High School 2.0 collaboration that Columbia Public Schools and Moberly Area Community College announced earlier this month for participating students to earn an … Continued


Columbia Leaders Return with Ideas from Tuscaloosa

Last month, 70 representatives of Columbia-area businesses, public entities, higher education and more joined the Chamber for a Leadership Visit to Tuscaloosa, AL. A breadth of topics were covered over the three day trip, but a few of the exchanges that rose to the top among participants included a presentation from Mayor Walt Maddox, a tour … Continued


It’s a Wrap!

Chamber leaders share takeaways from Tuscaloosa leadership visit.


To Mercedes and Beyond

Chamber delegation visits the Mercedes-Benz assembly plant, Bryant-Denny Stadium, and the President’s Mansion.


Elevating the Future

Tuscaloosa implements plan to move from retail to experienced-based economy.