Columbia University Civic Programs and Initiatives

Columbia University’s Office of Government and Community Affairs maintains relationships with community-based organizations, government officials, corporations, minority entrepreneurs, developers, and related departments within the University.  The office works to maintain and expand  knowledge of existing businesses in the local marketplace, and to support area enterprise development in neighboring communities.  Currently, the Office of Government and Community Affair’s economic development work is largely focused on activities related to the University’s expansion into Manhattanville.

GCA also works in tangent with, and in support of, the Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center, a program of the U.S. Small Business Administration that provides technical assistance to small businesses and non- profits, as well as workforce development for youth and veterans.  The real world experience of the Columbia Harlem SBDC provides Columbia’s student body and faculty members’ opportunities to assist the thousands of small businesses and non-profit organizations within the upper Manhattan community, in addition to providing the Harlem community the benefit of the resources and brain power of a top ranked university. 

For more information on the Office of Government and Community Affairs at Columbia University, please visit

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