KATIE ESSING is the Executive Director for the Downtown Community Improvement District. The Downtown CID is an independent organization dedicated to keeping Columbia's downtown - The District, vital. In this role, she provides direction and implements the organization's strategic plan. The Downtown CID strives to encourage a centrally located, live/work/play neighborhood; create and authentic, dense and sustainable urban space; cultivate a creative and innovative culture of diverse enterprises; and maintain the local and eclectic flavor of the area. A 15-member board governs the Downtown CID, representing property owners, business owners and residents throughout The District. The Downtown CID is funded through assessments on properties within The District and through a half-cent sales tax.
Katie has over 20 years of experience in retail and commercial real estate. Previously, Katie was the Senior General Manager for The Mall in Columbia, Maryland, owned and managed by General Growth Properties. Katie also served as the Senior General Manager for Columbia and Capital Malls in Columbia, Missouri. In addition, she was the Group Vice President of Marketing for a group of Midwest shopping malls.
Katie is an active member of the Columbia Metro Rotary Club. She also is an adjunct instructor and a member of the University of Missouri Marketing Advisory Board. Essing has actively volunteered in the community, including the True/False Film Fest, Chamber of Commerce and the International Council of Shopping Centers.
She received her B.S.B.A. degree from the University of Missouri in 1996.