Letter From Our Chair
Greater Columbus is committed to the long-term success of our region. This commitment requires us to work collaboratively and comprehensively to ensure we address fully the challenges and opportunities we face. Columbus 2025 represents our best efforts to do so.
This strategic plan builds on the work done through the Regional Prosperity Initiative to better understand the competitive landscape for talent and economic development. We learned that we have accomplished much in our efforts to transform Greater Columbus into a community ready for the 21st Century. We also learned that we have a long way to go to achieve the Columbus 2025 goals of reducing poverty, increasing prosperity and improving the quality of life for everyone who lives here.
There is much to be done; however, I am confident that with the foundation we have laid and the plans we have in place, we will realize the vision of a Greater Columbus.
Mr. Billy Blanchard
Partner and Member of the Board,
Ms. Audrey Tillman, Esq.
Executive Vice President, General Counsel:
In 2014, a group of public, private, and nonprofit leaders from across Greater Columbus came together to create a comprehensive Community and Economic Development Strategic Plan. This 10-month process culminated into the Regional Prosperity Initiative, which addressed a full range of issues impacting the region’s competitiveness– its talent, education and training systems, business climate, infrastructure, quality of life, and quality of place, just to name a few.
See the diverse group of representatives from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors that guided this process uniting as the Regional Prosperity Initiative Steering Committee.
Columbus 2025 builds on the work of the Regional Prosperity Initiative to align the region’s collective community and economic development efforts in a comprehensive and holistic plan of action for the next decade and beyond. The Plan’s Implementation Strategy lays out a 5-year program of work to address the challenges and opportunities learned in the Competitive Assessment phase of the project.
See the diverse group of public, private, and nonprofit leaders dedicated to ensuring that all of the hard work and input that went into developing Columbus 2025 translates into meaningful positive changes for Greater Columbus in the months and years to come. They serve as the Columbus 2025 Implementation Committee
Read each Phase of the RPI below: