The Tulsa Regional Chamber’s 2018 Intercity Visit, the ninth in an annual series of visits to peer cities to learn best practices, will take attendees to Columbus, Ohio, from October 9-11. 2019 Chamber Chair David Stratton will serve as host for the trip.
A key focus for this year’s trip will be education and workforce, so attendees can expect to hear from representatives of both The Ohio State University and Columbus State Community College regarding relationships their institutions have built with major local employers like Amazon and Honda. Additional focus areas for the trip will include diversity and inclusion, arena districts and entrepreneurship. The trip hotel will be the Westin Great Southern Columbus, conveniently located downtown.
Intercity Visits are an opportunity for Chamber members and staff, elected officials, business leaders, educational administrators, young professionals and regional partners to gather ideas and insights from cities overcoming challenges similar to our own.
Each spring, the Chamber assembles a volunteer task force to examine different peer cities and what they offer in areas relevant to our region. Past trips have included in-depth looks at topics ranging from river development, healthy living initiatives and tourism to regional branding, workforce and the arts.
This year’s task force considered five different destinations before ultimately selecting Columbus based on a number of factors, including its strong, diverse economy and success in talent attraction. Columbus is home to a handful of Fortune 500 corporations – including American Electric Power, parent company to Public Service Company of Oklahoma. The Columbus economic base includes education, insurance, banking, aviation, logistics, energy, health care and technology. The city has also done a lot to foster entrepreneurial activities like microbrewing.
Past Intercity Visits have gone to Fort Worth (2017); Cincinnati (2016); Nashville (2015); Portland (2014); Pittsburgh (2013); Charlotte (2012); Indianapolis (2011); and Louisville (2010). Click here to learn more about the key takeaways from past trips.
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