The Downtown Community Improvement District of Columbia, Missouri


Business in the District

“I like the dining options and the vibe of downtown. I enjoy how it feels very urban but also has a hometown feel.”

District Resident

The District is a live/work/play neighborhood with a diverse mix of activities and a true 24/7 vibe. It’s a constantly adapting community of people, with tradition blending harmoniously with high tech and the latest trends in fashion, food and the arts.

We want to encourage the local and eclectic, whether it’s a young entrepreneur with a great idea or a couple of guys who want to start a festival. We also want to help our downtown grow in a way that fuses tradition with high tech, the historic with the innovative.

Creative and innovative. Local and eclectic. Urban and diverse. We think there’s a place here in The District for all these, just as we think there’s a place for you.

Here’s just a sampling of what The District can offer you:

  • Vibrant retail and restaurant scene.
  • Thriving arts district with galleries, artist studios, museums and performance venues.
  • Growing center for creative companies in the fields of media, entertainment, advertising, architecture and film.
  • Highly talented workforce with nearly 41% of those age 25 and older holding a college degree and 8% holding an advanced degree.
  • Over one million square feet of commercial space and nearly 900,000 square feet of office space.
  • More than 23,000 employees traveling into the central city on a daily basis.
  • Over 38,000 students and over 13,000 faculty and staff within walking distance of our shops, restaurants and theaters.
  • Six public parking garages and free parking on evenings and weekends.
  • Ranked best place in Missouri to open restaurant, the best place in Missouri to start a business, and the best small city in the nation for startups.