April 2019 Member News


  • The City of Columbia has been awarded the Greenest City Award for the state of Missouri by Insurify. This honor goes out to the city with the most environmentally-conscious living and driving practices in each state. They analyzed driver behavior, vehicle features, urban sprawl, park space, air quality, and renewable electricity programs to determine the highest scoring community in each state.
  • The Boone County Bicentennial Committee is asking for community input to help make one of these experiences inclusive of all aspects and all communities of Boone County. Local artist/educator Stacy Self (Wildy World) will be creating a large mural in the shape of Boone County that depicts 200 years of Boone County history. The Hallsville community input session will be held in the Mercantile Building on April, 4 at 6 p.m.
  • The Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau announced that Columbia will be the site on April 1-2 for hundreds of Missourians attending “Power Up 2019” to explore assistive technology devices that can help persons with disabilities and seniors improve their independence and abilities. Showcasing assistive technology with sessions, exhibits and demonstrations for persons of all ages and disabilities, the conference will include presentations by state and national leaders and will host the state’s largest assistive technology expo.
  • Services for Independent Living announced that they’re hosting their spring Kitchens in Bloom event. This is a self-guided tour of some new construction and newly renovated homes in the Columbia area, featuring fun prizes and baskets that can be won at each location. If you would like more information, please contact Rose Vomund, rvomund@silcolumbia.org or (573)-874-1646 x224.
  • The Networks of Mid-Missouri has announced they have developed Viewer’s Choice 2019. It’s a new ballot contest for TV viewers across Mid-Missouri. They will be invited them to nominate, vote and spread the word about the businesses they think are Mid-Missouri’s best. To learn more, contact Les Borgmeyer at les.borgmeyer@kmiz.com or call (573) 777-9554.
  • The Loop Community Improvement District is asking for landscaping/watering vendors to put in a quote for a project. The Loop is transforming a vacant lot on the east side of the Business Loop into a community pop-up park and is installing a bike repair station and seating area on the west side. Both projects will include potted plants. Please email estimates to: Carrie Gartner at carrie@theloopcomo.com She is also available for questions via email or at (573) 443-5667.
  • JobFinders Employment Services opened three new branches across Missouri: Springfield, Fulton and Moberly.
  • Hawthorn Bank announced that they’re hosting a Hawthorn College Event on April 17. Bill Turpin, CEO of the Missouri Innovation Center and Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Economic Development at the University of Missouri, shares information about the St. Louis-Kansas City Hyperloop and the impact this could have on the future of Columbia. Then hear from Carrie Gartner, Executive Director of The Loop CID, about how the Hyperloop could interact with the Business Loop, and other plans to revitalize this area of town. You can find more information or get your tickets here.
  • Central Bank of Boone County announced it’s opening a 50 year time capsule on April 18 from 1-5 p.m. at the Downtown Bank at 8th and Broadway. It was 1969 and Boone County National Bank had just finished a major remodeling that included the brand new Fountain Lobby. As it happened, the United States was anxiously anticipating the moon landing later that year. To celebrate both events, a 50-year time capsule shaped like a rocket was placed in the wall outside the Fountain Lobby on April 18, 1969. Now it’s time to reveal the contents.
  • The Engineering Division of Boone County will host an informational meeting on 2019 Road Projects on Thursday, April 4, 2019. The meeting will be open house style and is open to the public from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the Commission Chambers on the first floor of the Boone County Government Center, located at 801 E. Walnut in Columbia.
  • The Loop Community Improvement District announced that it hosted a team of experts from Smart Growth America, Recast City, and the Economic Development Administration as part of our small-scale manufacturing grant. It was a chance to show off Columbia and you didn’t disappoint!
  • The District is now taking applications for its 2019 Liquid Grease Storage Tank Grant Program. This grant program is offered to District restaurants due to the recent City Council decision (Council Bill Number 257-18) to remove all liquid grease storage tanks on public right of ways within The District. Enforcement of the new ordinance will begin on July 1, 2019. Grant applications must be turned in to The District office, 11 S. 10th Street Columbia Mo. 65201 or emailed to info@discoverthedistrict.com no later than April 30, 2019. 
  • The annual Advancing Renewables in the Midwest Conference is being held at the University of Missouri April 2 – 3. Speakers from across the nation will address issues surrounding programs, policies and projects that are at the forefront of renewable energy. The conference is hosted by City of Columbia Water & Light, the University of Missouri School of Natural Resources and the Missouri Division of Energy. For more information and to register, please visit: www.AdvancingRenewables.org.
  • CMSE Giving Gardens is hosting a Ribbon Cutting/Open house on Friday, April 26 from noon – 1 p.m. There will be refreshments and hors d’oeuvres along with drawings for gift certificates.
  • The Convention and Visitors Bureau Annual Report for City Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) is now available online. The report presents results in the CVB’s key year-end measurement areas, summarizes projects from the year and describes upcoming projects for 2019. The Annual Report can be view in its entirety at http://www.visitcolumbiamo.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/CVB-Annual-Report-2018.pdf
  • Brittany McDonald Null, a pastoral resident at First Baptist Church in Columbia, was ordained into the ministry as a pastor Sunday, Feb. 17, while going through a unique two-year teaching program at the nearly 200-year-old church.
  • McDonalds®, at 415 Stadium Blvd., is undergoing a remodel and will temporarily close its lobby and dining room March 4 for four to five weeks. Their drive-thru will remain open to serve customers their full-menu options.
  • SuretyBonds.com is offering a $3,000 Small Business Scholarship for full-time, higher education students who are enrolled for the Fall 2019 semester. To apply, students must submit a video about how small business has influenced their life and how that experience has shaped their personal, academic, and/or professional goals. You can see more details here.


  • McClure Engineering Company is pleased to announce the addition of Cody Dailey, PE, SE, of Columbia, Missouri, to its Board of Directors. The new board members, including Dailey and three others, were approved on Wednesday, February 13th.
  • Central Bank of Boone County has named Hannah Vore manager of the Rock Bridge Bank.  In this role, Vore is responsible for sales management, customer service, and day to day operations of the branch.
  • Moresource, Inc. is proud to welcome new team member, Lexi Stiles, who was previously employed by a Moresource valued partner, Gallaher Insurance. Lexi joins the Moresource family with more than four years of insurance experience and is a licensed property and casualty producer.
  • Simon Oswald Architecture is pleased to announce the promotion of two long-time project managers/architects to Associate Principal: Nick Borgmeyer and Brad Stegemann. Both have been integral team members since 2004 and 2005, respectively.
  • Job Point announced its 2019 Award Recipients during its Annual Banquet. Individuals were honored for outstanding employment and personal triumph with an Award of Excellence.  James White, Super 8 in Boonville and Teron Wings with Chester Bross Construction Company received the award. Don Moore, Director of Information Technologies, was honored as the Employee of the Year for his dedication and service. C & R Market was selected as the Employer of the Year for supporting the talents of individuals seeking employment. Atkins was honored as Partner of the Year for their outstanding support. Dr. Roger L. Morrison was acknowledged posthumously as Volunteer of the Year for his invaluable contributions.



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