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Join Us: State of Downtown


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State of DowntownOn any given day, scroll through your newsfeed and you could see Columbus in the news. Developments like Scioto Mile and 250High changed the face of our city. And what about this Downtown transit pass program that has also received international attention? Progress shows no signs of slowing, which means great things for our Downtown. So, how do you to keep up on what just happened and what’s on tap? Well, join us for the State of Downtown on Wednesday, February 21. Last year, the event sold out so you’ll want to book your seat soon. Here’s a little preview.

Every year, Capital Crossroads & Discovery Special Improvement Districts (SIDs) release the State of Downtown report. The report provides spotlights and data about major investments, housing, employment and office markets, hospitality, transportation and land use. Whether you’re a real estate mogul or just someone interested in what’s happening, the State of Downtown is a must read.

But it gets better. If you come to the Columbus Metropolitan Club luncheon on February 21, you get the inside scoop before the report goes live. Capital Crossroads and Discovery Special Improvement Districts Executive Director Cleve Ricksecker will moderate an expert panel.

“The growth of downtown is thrilling, but is it sustainable?” says Cleve Ricksecker. “The CMC luncheon will bring together three experts from very different areas to discuss how lifestyle choices will affect the State of Downtown.”

State of Downtown Panelists

  • Michael Tomko, president of Tomko Company, reimagines office space for forward-thinking Columbus businesses. Don’t miss what Michael has to say about his latest project. The Hayden is an exciting redevelopment of two historic buildings on Capitol Square.
  • Laura Koprowski, vice president of government affairs and strategic external affairs for COTA, will give you the latest on recent hi-tech innovations to COTA and how transit initiatives can help downtown development.
  • Branden Givens, owner of the Flying Gent, will provide perspective from an independent retailer’s viewpoint on what’s needed to build a thriving Downtown retail corridor.

But this is a live show, folks. So, you never know what kinds of things will come out during the conversation. What we do know is this was one of CMC’s most popular events last year, and we expect the same on February 21. Lastly, we want to give you the nuts and bolts. The CMC luncheon takes place at The Boathouse at Confluence Park. (Psst… you’ll get to take in the Downtown skyline while you’re there.) So, what are you waiting for? Before it’s too late, grab your tickets.