36 Blocks - 13 Ambassadors - Serving since 2002
Provide Clean Team Ambassadors and Safety Guides to the downtown area, which is a 36 square block area. Assist the Columbia Police Department by "observing and reporting" criminal activity. Provide specialized outdoor cleaning, both manual and mechanical. Provide customer service to all visitors, residents and business workers and owners in specified area. Ambassadors are also responsible for maintaining the streetscape of hanging baskets and planters throughout downtown.
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Heard on the Street in Columbia
"I was downtown tonight picking up my daughters from dance class, and my truck wouldn't start. An ambassador offered to go to the garage and get the jump start kit. It was a huge help. It kept me on schedule and kept us feeling very safe downtown.
Thanks to the Columbia City Center Partnership for all your help!"
"I was in Columbia for work this week. We have our Corporate offices on Parklane Ave and I was hungry for steak one night. I went online and found the Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse on Main St and decided to check it out. After driving down Main and finding the restaurant I decided to intentionally park a couple of blocks away and walk. I parked on Taylor St. near the Hospital, and as I turning the corner from Taylor onto Main (now walking), I noticed a young man wearing a yellow shirt looking very professional, with his bike not far away, stopped and putting on latex gloves. I watched from across the street and observed the young man pick up not one but two individual pieces of trash from the street. I was amazed at what I saw. The young man then walked over to the closest trash can and placed the waste inside. My jaw was hanging half-open. Once I got over my shock, I shouted across the street that "I am impressed." We stopped and had a short conversation during which I learned his name, and I mentioned to him how impressed I was with not only his passion but the cleanliness of the entire Main Street area.
My dinner was great and my walk back to the car was nice (the rain storm had not yet started). I stopped about half-way back and sat at a small (closed) eatery’s outdoor table and called my wife. At about this time, the Ambassador rode past me again and we had another nice interaction.
My impressions of Columbia were good before this; but after observing this young man, and others like him throughout the night, is even higher. I felt safe and secure thanks to this team of fine young people and the city shows well because of them. Thank you all!"
"I want to give some praise to one of your employees. Last Wednesday night, I needed to walk from an office in the 1900 block of Main to the Capital Center where my car was in the garage. It was after 9:00 and although it was turning dark, I felt pretty safe. I spotted one of your employees parked in the 1700 block and considered asking for a ride. I live and work in town but had never thought about doing so.
[Ambassador] Tessa was very welcoming and we had a nice conversation while traveling the few blocks. She makes a very good impression for the city, and I just wanted to give her the credit she should receive. I know that visitors to our downtown area will be greatly impressed by her as well."
"This letter of appreciation should go into the files of Shelena, Herman, and Dewayne; all of whom helped me out while on a recent visit to downtown Columbia Main Street near the Court House.
After being in court with my son, I came out to find out my battery was dead. This was about 1200 hrs. I had Traffic Court at 1300 hrs on Hugee Street. Your employees tried to help me jump my vehicle and waited with me through several attempts.
I was going to be late to traffic court and tried to find contact to let the officer know my predicament to no avail. She secured both the number for the court house and Highway Patrol, and I was able to get word to them. Furthermore, they stayed with me until the car started by a jump from a large truck.
If not for the professionalism of those employees my day would have been a complete disaster. Their positive, can-do attitude and patience should not go unnoticed.
Please give them my sincerest thanks for a job well done. Those employees exemplified your office as one that stands out amongst the many city offices."
"A huge thank you to the team for the help yesterday evening!! I am employed at the US Bankruptcy Court at the corner of Laurel and Assembly. Last night we came out to leave, and I noticed my coworker had a flat tire. We were at a loss as to what to do when she remembered you! I cannot begin to tell you what a Godsend [Ambassador] Keith was. He was so helpful! He put air in the tire and, before long, my coworker and I were on our way!
I wanted to take an opportunity to thank Keith and this service for being there for us. I plan to remind everyone of this important service at out next staff meeting! Thanks again!"
"An official thank you to you and your team for helping us successfully execute a crazy Saturday night. Youíre man was invaluable to my team and we could not have done it without your help. Thank you for being an awesome partner! Yes, we owe you one."
"I cannot thank you enough for sending the yellow shirts to help at our event on Saturday! There was an individual that had some mental health issues that was harassing one of our female volunteers stationed on the corner of Assembly and Calhoun. The yellow shirts saw this and immediately removed the individual and took him a few blocks down to distract him until the walk was completed. They were very polite and respectful even to the individual that was making trouble. Everyone was so grateful that they were here to help."