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Join us for the Meriwether Lewis 45th Annual Arts and Crafts Show at Riverfront Park, Friday, October 8 and Saturday, October 9 from 9 AM to 5 PM.

After 44 years, the Center for the Arts with sponsor the Tennessee Arts Commission has brought the renowned arts and craft show back to Columbia where the first-ever Meriwether Lewis Arts and Crafts Show show was held 45 years ago.

See flyer below for more details.
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Hometown Jumbo House in Columbia, TN has made it to the statewide final round, competing for "Tennessee's Best Burger" title against someplace in Brownsville.

Vote now and share with your friends as Columbia competes in the Best Burger playoffs! Help us push Jumbo House and #Muletown all the way!

We need your help to let everyone know where to come to enjoy "Tennessee's Best Burger"!

Voting will commence through Monday, August 8 at 5pm Central Time.

Vote now at the link below and please remember to share and encourage your friends to vote!!!

http://woobox.com/4m3oc5
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The Columbia City Council recently established the City of Columbia Arts District.

The post below discusses the history and status of this transformative move to bring more arts and culture, creative enterprises and new economic and community development opportunities to Columbia, TN.

Read more at http://thadjablonski.blogspot.com/2016/07/columbia-city-council-establishes-city.html.

#ColumbiaArtsDistrict #Arts4Columbia #VisitColumbiaTN #Muletown #ColumbiaTN
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City of Columbia Honors Pat Summitt, Long-Time Vols Coach and Tennessee Star

The City of Columbia expresses the city's profound admiration, utmost respect and strong sense of loss with the passing of Patricia “Pat” Sue Summitt. The city's prayers are with Pat Summitt’s family.

A past Mule Day Parade Grand Marshall in 1998, Pat Summitt was always a friend to Columbia. The City of Columbia in partnership with Columbia Power & Water Systems and Maury County Government has installed lighting at the Maury County Courthouse in Downtown Columbia to light up the courthouse and brighten downtown with Volunteer Orange lighting in remembrance of one of Tennessee’s most adored modern heroes.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has ordered flags at the State Capitol and state office buildings to be flown at half-staff, which the City Manager’s Office immediately announced to City departments and offices directing flags to remain at half-staff until sunset Thursday.

County maintenance staff will complete the installation of Vols Orange lighting at the Courthouse to begin Thursday night and run through the weekend.

According to Columbia Mayor Dean Dickey, “Pat Summitt was a great leader and coach, not only to the University of Tennessee but to the State of Tennessee and nationally. Our hearts go out to Pat’s loved ones.”

Summitt served as the head coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team from 1974 to 2012, a notable leader in college basketball and head coach with 1,098 career wins, the most in NCAA basketball history. In 38 years as a coach, Summitt never had a losing season. She won eight NCAA championships, an NCAA women's record when she retired.

Summitt won two Olympic medals: a gold as head coach of the 1984 U.S. women's basketball team and a silver as a player on the 1976 team. She was named the Naismith Basketball Coach of the Century in 2000. In 2009, the Sporting News placed her at number 11 on its list of the 50 Greatest Coaches of All Time (all sports). Summitt was also the only woman on the “all-time” list, as always standing at the top of her field and making Tennesseans proud.

Pat Summitt will forever be remembered as a friend to Columbia, one of college basketball’s most important people, a role model, a hero, a mentor and, most of all, a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, which Summitt considered her family her highest calling and greatest gift.
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As FY 2016 budget year ends, the stage is set for Columbia to anticipate continued high-quality growth, new development and redevelopment.

For the last 12 months, the city enjoyed a robust and growing local economy, revenue growth for the city, and job growth as unemployment has reached 4% in the City of Columbia.

For more, see http://thadjablonski.blogspot.com/2016/06/the-stage-is-set-for-columbia-to.html

#GrowColumbia #ColumbiaTNDevelopment #Muletown #ColumbiaTN
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Columbia Launches a City Nextdoor.com Page and Encourages Citizens to Join or Start/Found a Neighborhood Group

The City of columbia launches Nextdoor, the private social network for neighborhoods, as Nextdoor enables online communication in private, secure group websites to build stronger communities

For more information and access links to Nextdoor, go to http://thadjablonski.blogspot.com/2016/06/columbia-launches-city-nextdoorcom.html.
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See the City of Columbia's new website today!

Read more in the Columbia Daily Herald story below about the new features, design overhaul and other improvements that allow the city to help provide citizens, businesses, and visitors key city information, news and updates.

Along with the city's social media and communications program, the City of Columbia works to continually ensure that everyone knows why Columbia is the state and regions best place to enjoy small town charm and live, work and play!

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New Tennessee Civil War Trails program marker located at the President James K. Polk Home & Museum! Read below for more info.


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March Figures Show Impressive Columbia and Maury County Employment Gains

COLUMBIA, Tennessee - Columbia and Maury County continue to enjoy declining jobless rates with the release of April’s figures which show employment data through March 2016, among the most impressive declines statewide.

The most recent labor report from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development includes a number of promising statistics showing continued improvements to unemployment and increased job growth in Maury County and Columbia, TN.

Maury County's employment rate fell to a noteworthy 3.6% in March 2016. March’s 3.6% unemployment rate is down 0.3% from February. The recently announced 3.6% unemployment rate dropped 1.5% from March 2015 when unemployment was at 5.1%. Per the report, Maury County has 42,860 people in the labor pool with 41,320 employed.

The March 2016 3.6% low is a boon to economic development in the Greater Columbia Area, as city staff and partners at Maury Alliance use the notable data to show incoming and prospective industries look to the city and region to consider expansion and relocation.

Economists generally consider 5% "full employment" - 5% the rate indicating normal unemployment levels in a typical, healthy economy.

For Columbia, the report revealed a similar drop, a higher decline comparing 2015 and 2016, albeit slightly, than for the county. The drop is most likely attributable to continued growth and expansion of new and existing businesses as the city enjoys new business openings and expansions almost weekly.

The City of Columbia unemployment rate for February, 4.3%, dropped 0.2% from February to March 2016. The unemployment rate also dropped an impressive 1.6% compared to March 2015, the rate one year ago at 5.9%.

Columbia has 16,690 people in the labor pool with 15,970 employed according to the most recent March 2016 data.

The City is encouraged by continued economic growth trends in business and workforce development within Columbia and the Greater Columbia Area.

Go Muletown!
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The Columbia City Council gave final approval at the April 14th meeting for the City to host the 45th Annual Meriwether Lewis Arts & Crafts Festival on October 8-9, 2016. Read more here:
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