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Mayor Steve Benjamin to Hold Resilient Columbia Economic Recovery Task Force Meeting on Thursday, May 28 at 11:00 am

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COLUMBIA S.C. – Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin will hold a Zoom conference meeting with the Resilient Columbia Economic Recovery Task Force, which is comprised of Midlands area local business owners as well as city and county officials, on Thursday, May 28 at 11:00 am to further discuss the most effective methods to successfully reopen business while keeping public safety first responders, front line employees and all people of Columbia safe.   Members of the media…

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City of Columbia Releases Second Survey Results Aimed to Reopen Local Businesses

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The City’s Economic Development Department conducted a survey to better understand the implementation of safety measures and how protocols help increase both the reality and perception of a safe local shopping environment. With crucial feedback from local business owners, City staff were able to make informed decisions as Columbia businesses continue to reopen. Economic Development received almost 300 responses from business owners and leaders who took the time to fill out the survey. The thoughts…

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City of Columbia Awards $1.4 million to 323 Locally Owned Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 Closures as Part of a Resilient Columbia: Economic Sustainability Plan

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Recognizing the enormous financial impact on local businesses resulting from drastic operational changes and closures due to the COVID-19 containment and social isolation measures, on March 20 Columbia City Council unanimously passed A Resilient Columbia: Economic Sustainability Plan. The plan provides forgivable loans offering short-term financial relief to small businesses, located within the corporate limits of Columbia, impacted by a loss of revenue because of COVID-19 containment and safety efforts. “The foundation of Columbia’s economic…

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