When planning an event in Columbus, you’ll notice things run a bit smoother than your typical big city. Where you might expect to find red tape, in Columbus you’ll find connections. From the offices at City Hall to the aisles of North Market to the smiling servers at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, there is a palpable sense of community. Harvard Business School calls this phenomenon “The Columbus Way.” Columbus just calls it business as usual.
You don’t have to look hard to see what such a collaborative environment can inspire. Innovation is everywhere in this burgeoning metropolis, which surpassed San Francisco to become America’s 14th largest city. This is where a joint team of researchers from Battelle and Ohio State University worked together to create a brain chip that allows a person to move a paralyzed limb with the power of thought. And thanks to a collaborative effort between the city’s public and private sectors, it’s also the winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart Cities grant. As one of many initiatives, the grant is currently being used to transform mobility in the city and improve quality of life for individuals in an under-privileged area through deployment of autonomous shuttles and other transportation modes that provide first-mile/last-mile solutions.
With this much brainpower in one place, you’ll have your pick of keynote speakers and panelists ready to connect your attendees with the cutting-edge ideas taking shape outside the boardroom walls. According to Forbes, Columbus is also the number one city for startups, and the recent influx of young, talented professionals makes it a city where new ideas come to take flight. Hosting both industry-specific and industry-spanning conventions here makes sense. And your attendees will relish in the opportunities for after-hours networking at the unique restaurants, bars and galleries that surround the convention center.
From the planning to the promotion to the execution, Columbus goes all in. When a whole city works with you, it’s not only easy to bring your vision to life—it’s inspiring. But don’t just take our word for it. Come experience it for yourself when you attend PCMA Convening Leaders in Columbus in 2023.