Diverse Economic Growth
The business community includes a core group of construction-related industries complemented by several smaller businesses. Many employers in the community have been in existence more than 25 years: Luhr Brothers, Columbia Quarry, Philip Environmental, Budnick Converting, Mozel, Inc. and Crown Linen are the major employers. The Columbia Community Unit School District and the city are also major employers.
The city’s diverse job base keeps the unemployment rate low. The City Council supported by a professional economic development department and an active Chamber of Commerce encourages business growth through a variety of incentives. The Economic Development Department works to bring growth to the area that will complement and improve the city and provides assistance to existing businesses.