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Updated: 5:40 4/2/2013  

Voters went to the polls today, which close at 7pm.  You still have time!  Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren says that turnout is a little low this spring, mostly due to the fact that we don't have a school board race to draw out the CPS stakeholders. 

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The Missouri Department of Economic Development announced Monday the approval of Enhanced Enterprise Zone, or EEZ, designation to the city of Centralia, Mo.

In the program, businesses could receive tax incentives as encouragement to open up shop in a certain area of the city. Zone designation is based on certain demographic criteria, the potential to create sustainable jobs in a targeted industry and a demonstrated impact on local cluster development, the department says.

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Columbia’s economic development leaders are officially asking the Columbia City Council to effectively drop the effort to create an enhanced enterprise zone, or EEZ, in the city.

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Columbia's very public discussion about a proposed Enhanced Enterprise Zone in the city made an appearance at Monday night's School Board meeting, where residents said the policy could negatively impact education funding by reducing tax revenue to schools. The EEZ policy has been supported by some economic development groups to encourage new-business development in the city.

Five Columbia residents spoke out against the EEZ policy in the Columbia School Board's public comment session Monday night.

Columbia group aims to recall first ward councilman

May 31, 2012
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The group Keep Columbia Free has started a campaign to recall First Ward Representative Fred Schmidt.

Columbia City Council creates new EEZ Board

May 22, 2012
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The Columbia City Council approved a measure Monday creating a board that reviews the economic potential of underdeveloped city neighborhoods.

Newscast for May 22, 2012

May 22, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

More changes to columbia's blight zone

Mar 16, 2012

The Enhanced Enterprise Zone Advising Board considered two options for reducing the size of the zone in Columbia at its meeting Friday.

Opponents of blight designation voice concerns

Mar 8, 2012
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In Columbia, civic leaders and residents continue to voice concerns about plans to classify nearly half of the city as an "enhanced enterprise zone," designed to attract business.