The District is a live/work/play neighborhood that sparks the creative, the eclectic, and the local. We’re a constantly adapting community of people, with tradition blending harmoniously with high tech and the latest trends in fashion, food and the arts.
The District is bounded by three colleges and encompasses 50 square blocks, more than 300 individual properties, over 300 residences, and over 600 businesses, non-profits and government entities.
The Downtown Community Improvement District (CID) is an independent organization dedicated to keeping Columbia’s downtown—The District—vital.
The CID strives to do the following:
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.
For over 30 years, the Columbia Special Business District and the Central Columbia Association worked together to promote The District and increase its economic vitality. These organizations recruited new businesses, hosted events, and marketed The District to investors. They also worked to replace aging sidewalk amenities, created a wayfinding systems for visitors, organized the removal of the Broadway canopies, and encouraged historic preservation projects.
In 2011, these two entities merged to create a single organization, the Downtown Community Improvement District (CID). By 2012, voters had approved of both a property assessment and a sales tax that would be reinvested into downtown projects. As before, we continue our focus on beautification, streetscape enhancements, economic development, clean and safe programs, marketing, and communications.