Public Alert: Residents Urged to be on Alert for City of Columbia Impersonator
Columbia residents are being urged to be on alert for someone impersonating a City of Columbia Water Maintenance employee.
COC has received questions concerning whether city staff goes door to door requesting to test customer’s water. City staff would only do this if requested by the customer. The City does collect samples every day in the water system but this does not require the city to go inside a residence. All city staff would also have proper identification, uniform and or drive a City marked vehicle.
As a reminder, all utility field workers can be identified by uniform which consist of a white polo shirt and blue pants. The polo shirt will reflect a city logo and the employee’s last name. In addition, city workers have proper photo I.D. and drive vehicles with the City logo.
City Council’s Vision for Columbia | #EnvisionColumbia
Hundreds gathered on Tuesday, January 31 for Mayor Steve Benjamin’s State of the City Address at the Darla Moore School of Business. At the address, Mayor Benjamin highlighted the city’s many successes in 2016. He also unveiled City Council’s Vision Statement and mentioned that citizens should look forward to plans for 2017. Attendees were thrilled to see everything that the City has planned to help spur future growth and sustainability.
Over the course of 2016, City Council members worked diligently to come up with a strategic plan to improve the overall quality of life in the city. That strategic plan, known as City Council’s Vision Statement, describes what their ideal state for citizens, businesses, students and tourists will be in the future.
New Online Program available for City of Columbia Hospitality Tax Grant Applicants
The City of Columbia is offering a new online program to make the Hospitality Grant Application process much easier and user friendly. The electronic application process will be through ZoomGrants, an online application management system. This replaces the traditional paper process system used in the past fiscal years.
The new process has many positive aspects for both staff and grant applicants and is very user-friendly. Just a few of the positive aspects are: replacing the many paper copies used in the past, streamlining the process making the process more efficient, saving time for both applicants and staff, and saving taxpayer dollars.
The City of Columbia is accepting applications for Hospitality and Accommodations Tax
Accommodations Tax Grants (Due March 17, 2017 by 12:00 pm) provide financial support to non-profit organizations and their projects/events whose mission is to attract tourists by promoting overnight accommodations in the City of Columbia. To be eligible, your organization must be a nonprofit with documentation from the South Carolina Secretary of State’s Office, with activities in the City of Columbia. It is the intent of this committee to fund the Columbia Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau and Capital City Lake Murray for fiscal year 2017-2018.