inside the eez

Inside the EEZ
6:30 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Inside the EEZ Part 3: A closer look at the program

One of the neighborhoods included in the original Columbia EEZ proposal
Sarah Redohl KBIA

In February, Regional Economic Development, Inc. proposed an Enhanced Enterprise Zone in Columbia. Facing a public backlash, city council has thrown out the original proposal, and will possibly start the process over, this time with more community input.  In part three of her three part series, KBIA’s Sarah Redohl tells us some of the EEZ statute is tough to explain.

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Inside the eez
5:30 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Inside the EEZ Part 2: Where is blight? And where isn't it?

Regional Economic Development Inc., or REDI, proposed an Enhanced Enterprise Zone in Columbia in February. The state program offers tax incentives to businesses investing in economically depressed areas. On Monday, Columbia City Council voted to throw out the original proposal, and possibly start the process over. It’s not yet clear whether the same area would be proposed for an EEZ, but KBIA’s Sarah Redohl analyzed the old data to see how it measured up to the blight designation. She explains the original proposal didn’t include some of Columbia’s poorest neighborhoods.

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Inside the EEZ
9:30 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Inside the EEZ Part 1: A fit for Columbia?

A proposed enhanced enterprise zone in Columbia has generated a lot of discussion for the last few months. Concerns about the designation of blight required for the EEZ have been widely discussed in the news and at city council meetings. On Monday, Columbia City Council voted to throw out the original proposal and possibly start the process over.  In part 1 of her 3 part series on the EEZ program, KBIA’s Sarah Redohl explores whether Columbia is different from other EEZs.

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