Imagine Columbia’s Future represents an exciting opportunity for the citizens of Columbia to create a community vision. The formulation of the vision – along with the goals, objectives, and strategies to promote its implementation – will be based on both intuitive input and factual information. The hundreds of ideas gathered from the public at the BIG Meetings and through surveys in the fall of 2006 represent the intuitive component of the vision. This Fact Book provides a broad overview of the factual information that can inform the vision.
A community’s existing conditions provide an important foundation for making policy recommendations. This Fact Book outlines key data and indicators that describe the Columbia community, and that can help to inform the Imagine Columbia’s Future visioning process. It examines historical data and current trends, as well as projections for the future when available. The information has largely been compiled from existing community resources, with additional input from state and national sources, such as the US Census.
The Fact Book is divided into six chapters: