Columbia’s mayor is a huge fan of the Business Loop, which continues to see more investment like MACC’s state-of-the-art lab at Parkade Center. The road itself will receive a complete overhaul in 2023.
“I think it has the potential to be a second downtown, certainly a commercial strip of innovators and makers and manufacturers,” Mayor Brian Treece says.
The mayor notes the Business Loop is located on a bus route, and the infrastructure is already there.
He attended the recent ribbon-cutting for the new MACC lab. He points to progress up and down the Business Loop.
“You’ve got Waves Cider here that adds a cool vibe. You’ve got some great anchor-tenants like MACC (Moberly Area Community College), like Parkade (Center), like Boone Electric Cooperative,” says Treece.
Boone Electric is building its massive new headquarters near the Business Loop and I-70. That project is expected to be done by late summer or early fall. Moberly Area Community College has built the lab at Parkade. The city council will vote Monday night on Treece’s proposal to provide about $500,000 in community memberships to MACC’s new lab.