UPDATE: Columbia Hosts Ninth EEZ Board Meeting

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COLUMBIA - The ninth Enhanced Enterprise Zone Advisory Board meeting took place Wednesday evening at Columbia City Hall. The meeting agenda consisted of a data report, and a discussion of the south and north zone maps.

The north zone map has not changed since the advisory board meeting on June 1, but the south zone map has gotten smaller. The maps and data were discussed, but not voted on.

The EEZ program is designed to create jobs, particularly in areas with high unemployment and low income. But there has been a large amount of backlash about the program. Organizations around Columbia and residents have voiced their concerns during meetings and with demonstrations outside the meetings.

Columbia residents who live within the proposed zone, especially the north zone, said they oppose the plan because their neighborhood would be considered a blighted neighborhood.

Other citizens were concerned about the effect tax exemptions given to companies who build in the zone will have on the city.

The Enhanced Enterprise Zone Advisory Board is tentatively scheduled to meet again on Nov. 14. The board will discuss the maps and answer questions about the south zone at that meeting.

The board encouraged Columbia citizens to email them with questions they would like answered before Nov. 2. To contact the board, click here.

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