Economic & Business Development Program

The City of Columbia provides services for prospective, new and existing businesses to promote Economic and Business development within Columbia for the purpose of improving quality of life for Columbia citizens and businesses.

The City of Columbia is committed to working with existing and new businesses to ensure that private sector firms and owners enjoy a seamless experience working with the city and ultimately conduct business in Columbia, TN.

Economic & Business Development services include:

  • The Department of Development Services and is made up of Building and Codes, Planning and Zoning, and City Engineering.  Development Services was reorganized to provide existing and prospective businesses and one-stop shop to make doing businesses less cumbersome to business owners. The department is responsible for all City issued building permits, administration of the City's zoning regulations, and the inspection of residential and commercial building in Columbia.

  • The Maury Alliance & Chamber of Commerce provides membership benefits to member businesses and assists the City of Columbia with economic development services specializing in industrial recruitment, location and retention.

  • The City Manager’s Office works with prospective new businesses – most notably, retail industry businesses – expressing an interest in relocating in Columbia. The City Manager’s Office works with all city departments, Maury Alliance, TVA and other local, state and federal agencies to coordinate with multiple agencies and assist new businesses as well as address issues raised by Columbia businesses.

Workforce Development in Columbia 

State of Tennessee Business Tax Incentives
-State Tax Incentives
-Fasttrack Program
-Film Incentives 
-Emails/Updates from TN Economic & Community  Development   

Industrial Development Board of the City of Columbia, TN 

The purpose of the Industrial Development Board (IDB), which has powers of an IDC/EAC is to promote commercial business development in Columbia. 

Established in 2014, the city’s IDB serves as a citizen advisory capacity to the City Council and to execute Industrial Development Corporation functions and special powers as specified by under state law or the Tennessee Code Annotated (T.C.A.). 

As a municipal Industrial Development Board, the IDB is as prescribed by the Industrial Development Corporation Act of Tennessee as set forth in the State statute (T.C.A. 7-53-1), hereafter referred to as “the Act”. These powers enable the IDB to acquire, own, lease and dispose of properties to promote industry and to develop trade by attracting manufacturing, industrial, and commercial enterprises to the City of East Ridge. 

The Act allows the IDB to issue bonds as well as offer economic development incentives that include tax abatement programs.  Programs include Payment In Lieu of Tax (PILOT) agreements for industrial and commercial projects within prescribed guidelines and Tax Increment Financing (TIF) for redevelopment, infrastructure, and other community-improvement projects for projects within a designated improvement district within prescribed guidelines.