Columbia is changing.

What is changing? How is it changing? Why does it matter?

Evolution is a natural and necessary part of any community. CA is a resource to help you understand those changes and engage in the processes that make an impact.

The Change in Columbia Speaker Series will explore a variety of topics that matter to you and strategies we can all use to adapt to change and stay involved. These events will feature experts from CA and other entities/organizations. You will also experience interactive sessions and feedback opportunities.

Latest Events

Our first Change in Columbia Speaker Series event (July 26, 2022) covered topics around how Columbia’s built environment has evolved, how we balance preservation and development and how to get involved in the decision-making process. A recording of the panel discussion can be accessed by clicking the image or button to the right.

If you attended the event and were not able to provide your feedback after the session, please take a moment to let us know what you thought. Click here to access that brief survey. 

The CA team is in the process of reviewing the questions submitted to our panel and determining the best ways to provide you with content on the relevant themes that emerge. Check back here for updates!

A Legacy of Speaker Series

While the Change in Columbia Speaker Series is a new concept, we continue to be inspired by the work of the late Jane Dembner. Dembner served as CA’s director of Planning & Community Affairs and launched the Community Building Speaker Series program in 2010. We are excited to honor her legacy and passion for building a sense of community in this way.

Click the icons below to watch the past speaker series sessions or click here to access the YouTube playlist of all past Community Building Speaker Series events.

Jane Dembner