Columbia City Council began the new year by reviewing the county delegation's legislative agenda for the 112th General Assembly, including the possible expansion of Columbia State Community College, infrastructure improvements, and development of the new agricultural center.
Senator Joey Hensley and Representative Scott Cepicky delivered a presentation on their top areas of focus at the council's Thursday work session.
Cepicky addressed significant growth in Columbia and Maury County since he first took office as a former Maury County Commissioner in 2010.
Education remains a top priority, the legislators said, addressing ways the city can improve its existing institutions for future growth.
Cepicky said he plans to push funding for a new Health Sciences building at Columbia State Community College, which he described as "a real deal changer." He said it's vital to have more educational opportunities for health workers.
The project would not only expand the college's programming but serve as another asset in putting Columbia State's flagship campus on the national map, he said.