Press Release – CoMo200 and Downtown CID Launch One Word Project

Columbia, MO – October 15, 2019 – The District, Downtown CID, and CoMo200, the Mayor’s Task Force on Bicentennial Celebration Planning, are launching their One Word project this week and the community is invited to participate.

As part of ongoing initiatives for the expansion of Flat Branch Park, the Gateway Plaza Project at the southeast corner of Providence and Broadway will feature a signature sculpture that spells out Columbia. The “O” in Columbia will be a sphere 10 feet in diameter covered in words inspired by community input. This project will be paid for with funds from the downtown CID.

CoMo200 and the downtown CID encourage Columbia residents past and present to submit their words that best describe Columbia or their hopes for the community in the future. 

The local community will have multiple ways to submit their words to the project:

  • Volunteers will be collecting words at multiple community events, including: 

    • Holiday Shop Hop and Tree Lighting (November 2) 

    • The Living Windows Festival (December 6)

  • One Word cards and submission boxes will be available in the following locations:

    • The District Office at 11 South 10th Street

    • Columbia City Hall – New Lobby at 701 East Broadway

    • The Walton Building – 300 South Providence

  • Online at or via email to opens in a new windowinfo@CoMo200.comcreate new email

CoMo200 is dedicated to planning, building and celebrating 200 years of Columbia through education and events that honor the city’s rich history. Interested members of the community can attend one of CoMo200’s monthly meetings on the fourth Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Walton Building (300 S. Providence Road). 

For additional information, contact Deb Sheals, co-chair of CoMo200, at opens in a new windowdebsheals@gmail.comcreate new email