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[flag of Columbia, Missouri] image by Jens Pattke, 17 August 2016

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From Columbia Daily Tribune

Voters select blue and green Columbia flag design
By Caitlin Campbell, 29 April 2016

Residents who voted during a three-month period last fall recommended the city adopt a blue and green flag emblazoned with the Columbia logo for the next official flag. The Columbia City Council is scheduled to review the design at its Monday meeting.

Local artists submitted 84 entries last year during a design competition. After reviewing the submissions, the Commission on Cultural Affairs and the city council whittled the entries down to three finalists for a public vote, which took place between October and January at City Hall. Voters preferred artist Jon Sheltmire’s design, according to a city report.

The flag is blue and green, with the city logo in the middle. A white cross separates the blue and green elements. The cross pattern represents how Columbia is at a crossroads in the center of the state, Sheltmire has said. The logo represents a diverse but close-knit community.

The blue color in the pattern represents the city’s distinctive rivers, creeks and lakes; the green represents the city’s rich parks, woodlands, trails and nature areas, Sheltmire has said.
Jens Pattke, 17 August 2016

Previous flag

[flag of Columbia, Missouri] image by Eugene Ipavec, 27 March 2009

The municipal flag of Columbia, Missouri is white with a square blue design resembling a view of four seated figures with outstretched arms as seen from above. In addition to being the seat of Columbia College of Missouri, the city of Columbia is also the home and main campus of the very much larger University of Missouri.
Ron Lahav, 8 May 2008

The City of Columbia has no official flag, but the City flies unofficial flag based on its logo. Here is what I received from the City:
"The City of Columbia, Missouri does not have an official flag. We do have a symbol or logo that we use on various printed materials. The logo has been used as a flag, but it is not something that has an "adoption date, official description and designer, etc." I am including information about the logo itself which is based on original artwork.

About the artwork:
City employees and citizens exist in an interwoven relationship. As a representation of this cooperative working bond, the distinctive City of Columbia logo depicts people joined together in an unending circle of community service. A solid version of the logo appears on city-owned vehicles, uniforms and correspondence as a reminder of this cooperative goal.

At this time, I do not have the name of the original artist and any official "adoption" date. We have used it so long, it will take search of our archives to find that information.
Renee Graham
Public Communications Officer
City of Columbia"
Valentin Poposki, 25 March 2009

The City of Columbia's flag was created in 1988 for a flag exchange with a sister city, Matto, Japan. The flag was made by Alberta Smith, wife of former Columbia mayor Rodney Smith, in 1988.
Dave Martucci, 5 December 2014

Voting is now under way on designs for a new Columbia flag. The city's Office of Cultural Affairs held a contest to solicit designs for a new flag and received 84 entries that met the requirements. Many came from schoolchildren; others from artists and professional designers. "It's time to have a new design that is representative of the city and the community," Sarah Dresser, program specialist for the Office of Cultural Affairs, said. One of the suggestions by the Office of Cultural Affairs for those who wanted to enter the contest was that it include reference to the original logo in the previous flag.
The deadline for entering the contest was Nov. 14.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 7 April 2015

Original logo design

[logo of Columbia, Missouri] image by Eugene Ipavec, 27 March 2009

Provided by Public Communications Officer, Columbia, Missouri.
Valentin Poposki, 25 March 2009