Community Development Center


Mallory Smith, CDC Director

The Columbus Junction Development Center works with local businesses, government, service groups and individuals to grow and develop the economy and community of Columbus Junction. Projects overseen by the Community Development Center include Keep Columbus Beautiful, the farmers market, rental housing inspection and United Fund. The CDC also helps with communication including this website, a weekly e-newsletter, local access cable, YouTube and facebook. The Community Development Center office is located in the ground floor of the Civic Center and is staffed part time.

Columbus Junction Summer Community Development Internship Program

This program offers interns the opportunity learn about community and economic development, the nonprofit sector, working with volunteers and leadership principles while providing them with a valuable work experience in a progressive and active community. Mallory Smith, Community Development Director for Columbus Junction directs the interns. Former interns are shown above.

College students with two years of coursework completed are eligible to apply. Candidates must have at least a 2.25 cumulative grade point average, good communication skills, and reliable transportation. Preference is given to Louisa County residents/children of Louisa County residents.

Internships are tailored to the interests and talents of each student. Assignments will be made from the list of projects below keeping in mind that projects are likely to be added and new ideas are always welcome!

Interns work 30 hours per week including some evenings and weekends for eight to ten weeks as their schedule allows. A work plan is developed on the first week and updated weekly during the internship period. A bi-weekly stipend of $200 per week is provided.

Applications are being accepted now through March 31, 2015. Email to get an application form.

Farmers Market


Weekly supervision

Special events

Farm visits

Customer survey


Keep Columbus Beautiful

Community appearance survey

Crosswalks project

Community gardens

Quilt garden


Communication & Marketing

Local access cable


Business profiles

Bulletin board

Social media


Press releases


Public art promotion

Picture Yourself in Columbus Junction campaign


Wellness challenge

Soccer field development

Summer recreation