The Columbia Borough Community Development Committee is actively considering a new plan to invest in Columbia, which it is calling the "Columbia 1st Project." The stated aims are "To promote economic opportunity, growth, development & jobs" and "To invest in the citizens of Columbia Borough."
The plan is seen as a way to reach out to local businesses to discuss issues and promote business growth within the borough. One goal is to create a directory of Columbia businesses of goods and services to encourage people to buy local. Also under the plan, the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority and the Lancaster County Economic Development Company would assist new and growing businesses in locating in Columbia. To that end, tax breaks would be given to such businesses during the first 10 years.
The plan also includes formation of a Community Revitalization Commission to benefit individual borough property owners through housing programs and low-interest loans for repairs and upgrades. The commission would be funded by interest from the recent sale of the sewer system to LASA and grants.
The Columbia 1st Project would also be promoted through the licensing of "Columbia 1st" merchandise, including hats, shirts, and mugs bearing the tagline "Columbia, PA. Simply the best. It's a Columbia Thing."
The project is due to be discussed at Thursday night's Community Development Committee meeting at 6 p.m. at the borough hall, 308 Locust Street. The meeting is open to the public.
Columbia 1st Project outline