Community Development

Need help planning a project in your community?

From land zoning to business licenses, an upcoming free workshop will provide information for residents looking to plan community projects in Richland County. “Roadmap to Success: Where to Begin Project Planning in Richland County?” is offered by Richland County Community Development as a free resource for developers, nonprofits and any resident preparing to begin a land or property project. “It can be…

Week-long celebration touts neighborhood development in Columbia

City leaders today kicked off a week-long celebration of what they consider to be the “lifeblood” of community life and development in Columbia. Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin discusses efforts of the city’s community development department. (Photo by Kelly Petty) National Community Development Week celebrates the more than 40 years Columbia’s community development department has worked to support the city’s neighborhoods….

City officials want to empower residents financially with Bank On Columbia

Officials with the city of Columbia are making it their mission to pull thousands of residents out of the cycle of bad money management. Community Development officials unveiled their new Bank On Columbia program to build financial literacy. “This program has the ability to end generational poverty. I really believe that,” said Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine. TD Bank joins South…

Homes in low-income neighborhoods get makeovers through $700,000 federal program

The city of Columbia’s Community Development department has taken the lead on improving the appearance of low-income homes since April through its Maintenance Assistance Program. More than $700,000 in federal funds has been distributed to low-income homeowners to complete cosmetic repairs on homes. The forgivable loan grant program is funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community…