Columbia business leaders and elected officials will be making their tenth leadership visit this fall to another college town.
Columbia Chamber of Commerce president Matt McCormick tells 939 the Eagle that he’s excited to visit Madison, Wisconsin, which is a state capital and the home to the University of Wisconsin.
“They’re doing some great things around the unhoused and homelessness, some things around medical and a number of other topics. So, we’re meeting here in about a week to sit down and make that agenda and be putting that agenda out here in a couple of weeks. But it’s going to be an exciting trip. It’s going to be a fun trip,” McCormick says.
Columbia’s city council voted in February to approve a permit that allows for the construction and operation of a proposed homeless shelter near the Business Loop.
Madison is larger than Columbia: Madison has about 270,000 residents. Columbia has about 127,000 residents. Mr. McCormick hopes to have anywhere from 70 to 100 people on the September trip.
“It’s one of those things to when we are able to bring community leaders and business leaders along to have those conversations, they can bring that information back to their community to Columbia and say how can we be a part of this, how can we make something like this happen in Columbia,” says McCormick.
Anyone interested in going on the trip is encouraged to contact Mr. McCormick at the chamber.