New executive director to head CID, downtown development

4 years 1 month 3 weeks ago Wednesday, October 22 2014 Oct 22, 2014 Wednesday, October 22, 2014 2:30:00 PM CDT October 22, 2014 in News
By: Drew Whiteman, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - City officials announced Wednesday they have named a new executive director for the Downtown Community Improvement District of Columbia (CID).

They said Katie Essing, a graduate from the University of Missouri, will begin her new role Nov. 3.

Christina Kelley, Chair of the CID Board, said, "The District is integral to the Columbia community, and we are confident that Katie has the background and experience to continue our exciting work and drive further success for the CID." Kelley added, "Katie is skilled at developing strong partnerships, which is imperative to the role."

The release said Essing has more than 18 years of experience in retail and commercial real estate and is very active in the community. 

The CID, also known as The District, includes 50 square blocks with more than 300 properties, more than 300 residences, and more than 600 businesses, non-profits and government entities

According to the release, "The CID strives to encourage a centrally located, live/work/play neighborhood; create an authentic, dense and sustainable urban space; cultivate a creative and innovative culture of diverse enterprises and maintain the local and eclectic flavor of the area. A 15-member board of directors governs the CID, representing property owners, business owners and residents throughout The District."

The CID is funded through assessments on properties in The District and through a half-cent sales tax.

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