EEZ Advisory Board Holds First Meeting, Worries about Poverty Data

7 years 2 months 3 weeks ago Friday, June 01 2012 Jun 1, 2012 Friday, June 01, 2012 12:17:00 PM CDT June 01, 2012 in News
By: Danny Spewak
loading

COLUMBIA - Members of an advisory board designed to recommend boundaries for an economic development plan expressed concern Monday about old and inaccurate census data, sparking discussion about the correct way to assess which zones of Columbia need job growth.

The Enhanced Enterprise Zone (EEZ) advisory board, created again after the city council rescinded the previous group just last month, met for the first time Monday and reviewed three maps for potential zones in Columbia. The group's task is to make a recommendation to the city council as soon as possible.

The maps target zones within a certain range of poverty: 60 percent of households in the zone must fall within 90 percent of the county's median income. However, because the state has not updated census numbers from 2010 for this specific purpose, the group must rely on numbers from 2000.

According to Bernie Andrews, the vice president at Regional Economic Development Inc. and a staff member tabbed to advise the committee, the old data may not allow EEZs to cover neighborhoods with changing poverty levels over the last decade.

That left one group member to ignite a lengthy discussion. Vice chair Anthony Stanton said it would be irresponsible for the advisory group to make recommendations based on inaccurate data from 2000, as opposed to updated data from 2010.

"I just want to see where the data falls," Stanton said. "I don't have any preconceived notions of what's going to happen. But I do think it will change. So let's see how the new information changes how we're looking at this problem."

Andrews said he would try to find updated 2010 data to present at the next meeting. 

Chairman John Strotbeck, the CEO of Kraft Foods, also stressed at the end of the meeting that the board has no control over the "blight" controversy in the city-- some residents fear the economic development plan could lead to an abuse of eminent domain and the destruction of homes in some communities. Instead, Strotbeck said the advisory board can only make EEZ recommendations to the council. 

The group had previously scheduled another meeting for next week, but members could not agree on a specific time at the end of Monday's discussion.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Four years after student protesters denouncing a racist campus culture and demanding a more diverse faculty... More >>
49 minutes ago Saturday, August 24 2019 Aug 24, 2019 Saturday, August 24, 2019 10:26:48 AM CDT August 24, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police say an 8-year-old girl has been killed and three others injured in a shooting near... More >>
1 hour ago Saturday, August 24 2019 Aug 24, 2019 Saturday, August 24, 2019 10:12:00 AM CDT August 24, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP)— Two former state lawmakers have been appointed to the Missouri commission that regulates casinos, fantasy sports... More >>
6 hours ago Saturday, August 24 2019 Aug 24, 2019 Saturday, August 24, 2019 4:35:00 AM CDT August 24, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police and the U.S. Marshals Service have found and taken into custody two people... More >>
15 hours ago Friday, August 23 2019 Aug 23, 2019 Friday, August 23, 2019 7:22:00 PM CDT August 23, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A scare over a recent Facebook threat has a neighborhood rethinking the safety of their children. ... More >>
19 hours ago Friday, August 23 2019 Aug 23, 2019 Friday, August 23, 2019 3:43:00 PM CDT August 23, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Forty-five cats, two birds, and three dogs are currently being housed at the Central Humane Society after a... More >>
19 hours ago Friday, August 23 2019 Aug 23, 2019 Friday, August 23, 2019 3:36:00 PM CDT August 23, 2019 in News
FULTON – Students at Westminster College are getting some high tech help from the school: free iPads and Apple Pencils.... More >>
20 hours ago Friday, August 23 2019 Aug 23, 2019 Friday, August 23, 2019 2:48:00 PM CDT August 23, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA- People in Boone and Callaway Counties have been receiving calls from people saying they need to pay money for... More >>
20 hours ago Friday, August 23 2019 Aug 23, 2019 Friday, August 23, 2019 2:31:00 PM CDT August 23, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A tweet with video showing what appears to someone throwing something at a downtown church prompted police to... More >>
20 hours ago Friday, August 23 2019 Aug 23, 2019 Friday, August 23, 2019 2:18:00 PM CDT August 23, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- Gov. Mike Parson tweeted about a big campaign announcement on his personal Twitter account Friday. ... More >>
21 hours ago Friday, August 23 2019 Aug 23, 2019 Friday, August 23, 2019 1:19:00 PM CDT August 23, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri’s top election official is firing back after abortion-rights advocates sued him for allegedly impeding... More >>
1 day ago Friday, August 23 2019 Aug 23, 2019 Friday, August 23, 2019 10:47:00 AM CDT August 23, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Cole County Prosecutor's Office added new charges to the case of a man accused of stabbing... More >>
1 day ago Friday, August 23 2019 Aug 23, 2019 Friday, August 23, 2019 7:49:00 AM CDT August 23, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Animal control officers, helped by Columbia police, removed dozens of animals from a home on August 21. ... More >>
1 day ago Friday, August 23 2019 Aug 23, 2019 Friday, August 23, 2019 7:06:00 AM CDT August 23, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Pride is coming to Rose Music Hall Saturday. The free event kicks off at 1 p.m. with... More >>
1 day ago Friday, August 23 2019 Aug 23, 2019 Friday, August 23, 2019 4:30:00 AM CDT August 23, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is encouraging at-risk people to get vaccinated for hepatitis A... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, August 22 2019 Aug 22, 2019 Thursday, August 22, 2019 9:20:00 PM CDT August 22, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Three months ago today, Jefferson City was hit by a tornado that ran from 54 Highway and... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, August 22 2019 Aug 22, 2019 Thursday, August 22, 2019 6:46:00 PM CDT August 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - An incident at a Columbia Walmart Thursday afternoon that left shoppers fearing an active threat turned out to... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, August 22 2019 Aug 22, 2019 Thursday, August 22, 2019 6:05:00 PM CDT August 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA (AP) — Abortion-rights advocates on Thursday sued Missouri's top election official, alleging his actions and state laws denied them... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, August 22 2019 Aug 22, 2019 Thursday, August 22, 2019 4:02:00 PM CDT August 22, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 74°
12pm 76°
1pm 78°
2pm 79°
3pm 80°