Imagine the Grads Staying
According to the Imagine Columbia's Future's survey, Columbians want to keep them here by developing the necessary infrastructure to support emerging technology industries like high tech business parks and to expand the public transit system.
Residents want to create a regional science and technology network.
These strategies are based on responses from questionnaires handed out to Columbians more than a year ago.
The results showed five strategies that got more than one hundred votes each.
Participants voted to preserve critical areas like open space and farmland.
This would decide which industries to attract to columbia and how to attract them.
Promoting positive attitudes toward economic develpment was also an important strategy.
"What it means for columbia i think is more jobs. It's going to be more white collar jobs," Bob Bailey said.
Baily, from the Economic Development Group, believes that moving in this direction will keep graduating college students in Columbia.
"It's going to allow people who come here and are in engineering programs and are in journalism programs and are in history programs to stay in Columbia because there will be jobs that they can afford to stay here because of the pay," he said.
Officials say none of the proposed strategies have been eliminated. They just wanted to find out what areas residents are most concerned about .