The Visitors Bureau Approves a $50,000 Grant for Farmers' Market Building
COLUMBIA - Members of the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau Advisory Board approved a request for $50,000 to build the Columbia Pavilion and Education Center.
The center will be the permanent home of the Columbia Farmers' Market.
The request for the money was made by Sustainable Farms and Communities, which runs the Farmers' Market.
The estimated cost of the center is $2.5 million.
Lorah Steiner, executive director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, thinks the center will increase the number of people that visit Columbia.
"If this is completed as conceptualized I think we will see more uses that will bring people in outside of the market," Steiner said.
The Executive Director of Sustainable Farms and Communities Casey Corbin says be thinks the center will increase the number of people staying overnight in Columbia.
"By adding the education center and the other activities that will be going on at the center, it will be a reason for people to have overnight stays on a Friday because we may have a cooking demonstration Saturday morning in addition to the market," Corbin said.