Community Welcomes IBM
If George Godas has something on his mind, he's not afraid to share.
"We don't need no more parks, we don't need no more sidewalks, we don't need bike trails, we need more industrial, more industry in Columbia," Godas said.
Godas owns George's Pizza and Steakhouse in Columbia, and says he supports anything that moves the community forward. So with a possibility of 800 more jobs, he likes that.
The new project will bring new tax revenue for Columbia. Projections expect the Columbia Public Schools to receive more than $4 million.
"The assessed evaluation of homes start to rise as a result of new businesses and growth in the housing markets, that impacts our budget tremendously," Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Chris Belcher said.
Clyde Theroff's lived in Columbia since 1970, and he too is supportive of the project.
"Jobs is very good for any community," Theroff said. "These are going to be good jobs, very high paying jobs and these people will be living here, consuming merchandise from here."
As Godas sees it, the idea is simple.
"The more people you bring in town, the more motivated people are going to get, the more houses you're going to build, the more money you're going to spend in town," Godas said.
All the individuals KOMU spoke with supported the project, though some on Twitter said they were concerned with offering $24 million dollars in tax incentives to the company.