The Downtown Community Improvement District of Columbia, Missouri

The District named recipient of a 2014 Downtown Merit Award by the International Downtown Association

(Ottawa, ON Canada) – During its 60th Anniversary Conference and Tradeshow, the International Downtown Association will recognize The District with a Downtown Merit Award for their work and initiatives related to their Partners in Education program.

This program—a true partnership between The District and Douglass High School—was one of 58 awards submissions and is receiving an award in the category of Downtown Leadership and Management. This category features comprehensive and unique organizational approaches, projects, or programs that improved the effectiveness of downtown management organizations.

In May of 2012, The District teamed up with Douglass High School through Columbia Public Schools Partners in Education program, instituting a paid internship program where students were offered a position on The District Clean Team. Interns sweep sidewalks, remove posters from light poles, and help pass out information to merchants. Douglass High staff teaches the students how to fill out a resume and District staff handles on-the-job training.

“So many key people in the community stepped up to help us with this program but more than anything else, I’m so proud our students and what they’ve accomplished,” said Carrie Gartner, Director of The District.

“The District’s project received the IDA Merit Award for delivering excellence in downtown management”, said David Downey, IDA President and CEO. “Each year the IDA Awards Jury recognizes organizations that utilize best practices in our industry. The Partners in Education program is a shining example of excellent downtown management delivering real value to the city.”

The Washington, D.C. based International Downtown Association (IDA) is a champion for vital and livable urban centers and strives to inform, influence, and inspire downtown leaders and advocates. With 500 members and thousands of friends, IDA is a guiding force in creating healthy and dynamic centers that anchor the well-being of towns, cities, and regions.

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:

  • Encourage a centrally located, live/work/play neighborhood
  • Create an authentic, dense and sustainable urban space
  • Cultivate a creative and innovative culture of diverse enterprises
  • Maintain the local and eclectic flavor of the area

The Downtown Community Improvement District is also a proud member of the International Downtown Association.