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January: Briefly in the News

The latest news featuring Christian Fellowship Church, Coil Construction, Boone County Family Resources, Columbia College, Roo Storage, and more.

Coil Breaks Ground on New Christian Fellowship Church Facility
Coil Construction broke ground at the new Christian Fellowship Church located at the corner of Chapel Hill Road and Louisville Drive. The new single-story, contemporary design facility will be 38,615 square feet, with a large, open auditorium seating more than 800. The new building will also include multi-purpose rooms and a children’s classroom wing. The building will have space for a future commercial kitchen and is designed with the possibility for future additions to the site. Construction is scheduled to begin in February 2020, with completion anticipated by June 2021.

Pictured above: Christian Fellowship pastors Scott Williams, Donnie Berry, Marc Galaske, Clay Spencer, Nene Peter, Jean Claude Ntimpa, Michael Acock, and Phil Schaefer.

CCUA Renames Farm to Honor Veterans
The Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture and the Harry S. Truman VA Hospital recently entered into a three-year agreement to use the Urban Farm for the new Veterans Urban Farm program. Renamed to the Mark and Carol Stevenson Veterans Farm, the farm will be used as a tool to help veterans improve their health and lives. Patients at the VA will have the opportunity to serve as paid apprentices, working to maintain this site over the course of the growing season. Fruits and vegetables grown on site will be sold to the public, donated to local veterans, and used in health-focused programming at the VA.

Boone County Family Resources New Headquarters
Boone County Family Resources broke ground on their new headquarters located at 2700 W. Ash St. The projected timeline for completion is fall 2020. BCFR has grown to serve nearly 2,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities in Boone County. The new building will provide space enabling the expansion of growing staff and individuals served by the agency. Enhanced accessibility features include a meeting room specifically designed for those with sensory needs and an expandable, multipurpose space that seats up to 108 people. Little Dixie Construction is the construction manager for the project, which was designed by Simon Associates, Inc.

NAR Partners with Columbia College
The National Association of Realtors announced a new, exclusive partnership with Columbia College to offer expanded access to academic programs to association members. With the agreement, Columbia College will become the exclusive higher education partner for more than 1.3 million NAR members, providing opportunities for them to complete a variety of associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, including real estate-specific offerings anticipated in late spring 2020. Columbia College also plans to develop and offer a Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in real estate, based on the award-winning Master of Real Estate degree curriculum developed by the association for its members through REALTOR® University.

WINDGO Granted Secure Smart Sticker Patent
WINDGO, Inc., a research and development company specializing in smart material and vibrational transfer technologies, has been granted U.S. Patent No. 10,460,222 for an invention that will provide Smart sticker and labeling technology for the Internet of Things, or IoT, movement in information technology. This new patent will provide security technology advancements in human-readable and machine-readable dynamic and secure labeling. Static portions of the label utilize traditional ink printing, while the new intrinsically dynamic portions of the label can change content magically before your eyes. Networked information from data aggregate collection engines (i.e. smart phones, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc.) will create secure links that form Graphical Encoded Icon machine-readable image updates that are tamper evident and contain secure encrypted information.

Arch Grants Awards Funding to Roo Storage
Roo Storage, a local Airbnb for storage, was awarded a $50,000 equity-free grant from Arch Grants in November. One condition of the grant is that Roo will operate from St. Louis for a period of at least one year. The goal behind the grant is to attract startups and new talent to the St. Louis area.

Mediacom Surpasses Customer Milestone
Announced in November, Mediacom Communications now has more than 50,000 combined residential and business customers subscribing to its 1-Gig internet service offerings. In 2017, Mediacom began systematically launching gigabit internet services as part of an aggressive three-year, $1 billion capital investment strategy. By the end of that same year, Mediacom had become the first major U.S. cable company to launch 1-Gig internet across its national network.

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