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Awarded grant to provide consulting on Business Loop 70 overhaul

Mayor Brian Treece and other business leaders announced a federal grant will provide consultants to help the city bring entrepreneurs to the Business Loop. (The Loop)

Columbia city leaders have brought to light another attempt at revitalizing Columbia's Business Loop 70.

Mayor Brian Treece and other business leaders announced a federal grant will provide consultants to help the city bring entrepreneurs to that section of the city.

"When small business owners come knocking at our door, all too often we're quick to say, 'the license office is on the fifth floor,'" Treece said.

The Columbia mayor said the new grant will mean more than a facelift of landscaping or sidewalks. It would bring in technical assistance professionals, those with expertise on how to support coffee roasters, woodworkers, 3-D printers and 'make-it' centers.

"The solutions are as varied as the communities who have received the grant," said Carrie Gartner, "The Loop" Development Director.

Columbia was among six cities in 32 states to receive the federal grant. A dollar amount on its value was not given.


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