Voters React To Columbia's Vision
Citizens took part in the Community Choices open house, which is part of the city's visioning process. This is the final step that invites everyone and anyone to participate in "Imagine Columbia's Future."
"I just want to speak my voice about its future," said registered voter Kim Stanley.
The future was the focus for the hundreds who showed up for one last chance to show their support. Citizens showed support for initiatives that were developed during last year's visioning process.
They also showed their support by placing blue dots under initiatives they felt were important. Economic development was high on the priority list.
"Technology development and attracting high quality jobs to this area is going to be absolutely key to the growth," Stanley said.
"Every time we have economic development and economic growth, everybody benefits, all the way down the line," Julia Ames, a voter, said.
But some citizens say - easier said than done.
"There's a lot of good things mentioned here but it takes money," Jay Lindner said.
Economic development wasn't the only issue addressed. Bruce Watts was interested in addressing renewable energy and affordable housing.
"The city would have good wisdom in paying attention to everything and not just focusing on the high votes," Watts said