Closing Discussion and Prize Drawing
Oct
11
11:00 AM11:00

Closing Discussion and Prize Drawing

Following our final session, we will have a facilitated discussion on what you heard and saw during this year’s trip. You’ll be asked to share which ideas you are most excited to take back to the Tulsa region. We will also have a prize drawing, but you must be present to win.

Columbus Convention Center, South Building, rooms B & C.

Note: A follow-up discussion and luncheon will be held on TBA from 11:30 to 1:00 p.m. in the Saint Francis Health System Room at the Chamber offices in Tulsa.

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Power of Mobility Panel
Oct
11
9:30 AM09:30

Power of Mobility Panel

Columbus received a total of $50 million in the form of two grants, $40 million from USDOT and $10 million from Vulcan, Inc., a Paul G. Allen philanthropy. These dollars provided the seed funding for Smart Columbus, a region-wide Smart City initiative co-led by the City of Columbus and Columbus Partnership. The City of Columbus, under the leadership of Mayor Ginther, is the lead recipient of the $50 million and is administering the deployment of these funds for the duration of the grant period, which concludes at the end of 2020.

The Columbus Partnership, representing the Columbus Region’s private sector, is the lead implementation partner for the grant program and is responsible for the initiative’s Acceleration Fund, which is credited as a significant factor in Columbus’ winning of USDOT’s Smart City Challenge. The Acceleration Fund is made up of coordinated and aligned investments by the private and public sectors that will complement, scale and sustain Smart Columbus projects and programs into the future.

Columbus Convention Center, South Building, rooms B & C.

Moderator:
Kian Kamas
Chief of Economic Development, City of Tulsa

Panelists:
Brandi Braun
Deputy Innovation Officer, City of Columbus

Michael Carroll
CIO, Central Ohio Transit Authority

Mark Patton
VP Smart Cities, Columbus Partnership

William Murdock
Executive Director, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC)

Maryn Weimer
Senior Associate Director for the Center for Automotive Research, Ohio State University

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Power of Diversity Panel
Oct
11
8:15 AM08:15

Power of Diversity Panel

Increasingly, communities across the country are realizing the importance – both economically and culturally – of attracting and retaining a diverse population. In this panel discussion, we will explore some of the efforts underway in Columbus to promote diversity and equity across the region. We will examine how they were activated, who maintains them, and what the future may hold. YWCA of Tulsa CEO Julie Davis will moderate the panel.

Columbus Convention Center, South Building, rooms B & C.

Moderator:
Julie Davis
CEO, YWCA of Tulsa

Panelists:
Christie Angel
CEO, YWCA of Columbus

Shelly Beiting
Executive Director, Columbus Women’s Commission

Shannon Ginther
Chair, Columbus Women’s Commission

Holly Gross
Vice President of Government Relations, Columbus Chamber of Commerce

Jeff Lyttle
Executive Director, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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Cocktails and Group Dinner at Center of Science and Industry
Oct
10
6:30 PM18:30

Cocktails and Group Dinner at Center of Science and Industry

Originally opened in March 1964, the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) moved to its current location in November 1999. Internationally renowned architect Arata Isozaki designed the 320,000 square foot building to showcase the future of COSI. Since 1964, COSI has welcomed more than 33 million visitors from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries. Two of COSI’s most popular exhibits – “Ocean” and “Progress” – will be free and open to trip attendees from 6:oo to 9:00 p.m.

Dinner is sponsored by Omni Air International

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Big Ideas in Action: Education, Economic Development and Branding
Oct
10
4:15 PM16:15

Big Ideas in Action: Education, Economic Development and Branding

Columbus abounds with examples of big ideas in action, and in this panel we will hear from a variety of experts on how embracing big ideas has been instrumental to the success of their organizations.

Moderator:
Gordy Guest
Senior Principal & President, Cyntergy

Panelists:
Wayne Embree
Executive Vice President, Rev1 Ventures

Donna Gloss
Director of Development, City of Dublin, OH

Kenny McDonald
President & Chief Economic Officer, Columbus 2020

Eddie Pauline
Director of Business Development, OSU Corporate Engagement Office

Brian Ross
President & CEO, Experience Columbus

Note: Following this session, attendees will have free time until pre-dinner drinks are served beginning at 6:30 pm at the Center of Science and Industry (COSI). For attendees who wish to go back to the hotel, the buses will depart at 5:30 pm. Attendees who return to the hotel will need to make their own way back to COSI, as the buses will not be returning. For those not returning to the hotel, two COSI exhibits – “Ocean” and “Progress” – will be open beginning at 6:00 pm.

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Power of Big Ideas Discussion and Tour
Oct
10
3:00 PM15:00

Power of Big Ideas Discussion and Tour

Sometimes it takes embracing big ideas to propel a city forward, and the Columbus Idea Foundry is a great example. It provides a place where anyone can explore their urge to make things. Working together, Foundry-ites marry ideas and talents, tools and resources, experience and opportunity into a shared community of making. It is a place where furniture and sculpture and jewelry and drones and motorcycles and 3D printers and chessboards and video games come to life in the hands of artists, artisans, techies and entrepreneurs. The Idea Foundry is both a physical place – 60,000 square feet of workshops and offices; working nooks, classrooms and communal spaces – and a state of mind: the belief that everyone has the potential to bring ideas to life if given the space, the equipment and the support to empower the inner maker.

Alex Bander
Founder & CEO of the
Idea Foundry

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Guided Tour of Riversouth Neighborhood and Scioto Mile
Oct
10
1:30 PM13:30

Guided Tour of Riversouth Neighborhood and Scioto Mile

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of some of the most dynamic redevelopment projects in Columbus history courtesy of tour guide Guy Worley. Since January 2007, Mr. Worley has served as president and CEO of the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) and Capitol South Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation. In this role, he is focused on the redevelopment and revitalization of downtown Columbus.  Some of his city-changing projects include the renovation of the Lazarus Building into 700,000 square feet of office space; the redevelopment of the former City Center Mall site now known as Columbus Commons; creation of the Scioto Mile, the city’s riverfront park; and the restoration of the Scioto River and creation of a new greenways along the downtown waterway corridor. Mr. Worley is currently focusing on the development of a new National Veterans Memorial & Museum, as well as creation of a new park and parking garage on the Scioto Peninsula.

Note: Following the tour, please board the buses, which will depart at 2:40 pm for our next stop, the Columbus Idea Foundry.

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Lunch at North Market
Oct
10
12:15 PM12:15

Lunch at North Market

Following our tour of the Arena District, you will be able to choose your own lunch at central Ohio’s authentic public market. Opened in 1876, North Market provides an authentic Columbus experience that highlights the diversity and vibrancy of the community, both economically and culturally, by promoting “best in class” local independent businesses. You’ll choose from the wares of dozens of unique merchants and farmers who deliver personal and personable service to a million visitors each year.

Lunch is sponsored by Cyntergy and Nabholz

Note: Following lunch, please board the buses, which will depart at 1:15 pm for our next stop, Columbus Commons.

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Tour of the Arena District
Oct
10
11:00 AM11:00

Tour of the Arena District

A once vacant brownfield is now a thriving regional sports and entertainment district, and it would not have happened with MKSK, which served as the master planner and designer for the Arena District. Designed around the Nationwide NHL Arena, the district features nightlife corridor Ludlow Alley, a variety of restaurants and residential living options, year-round indoor and seasonal outdoor concert venues, and Huntington Park minor league AAA ballpark. Chris Hermann, MKSK principal planner, and colleagues will conduct a guided tour of the district, departing from the Convention Center and ending at North Market.

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Collaboration in Action: Education & Workforce panel
Oct
10
9:30 AM09:30

Collaboration in Action: Education & Workforce panel

One of the best examples of collaboration Columbus has to offer is the work being done to align the offerings at Columbus State Community College with local business and industry needs. Manufacturing and logistics make up a significant portion of the labor force in and around Columbus. Columbus State has partnered with businesses such as Honda to better understand their needs and train students to meet them. In this panel, we will hear from leaders at both CSCC and Honda about how collaboration has resulted in a stronger workforce pipeline. Tulsa Community College President and CEO Dr. Leigh Goodson will moderate the panel.

Columbus Convention Center, South Building, rooms B & C.

Moderator:
Dr. Leigh Goodson
President & CEO, Tulsa Community College

Panelists:
Dr. David Harrison
President, Columbus State Community College

Scot McLemore
Technical Workforce Development Manager, Honda North America, Inc.

Sherry Minton
Director of Career Articulation, Columbus State Community College

Todd Warner
Executive-in-Residence (Office of Workforce Innovation), Columbus State Community College

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Power of Collaboration Panel
Oct
10
8:15 AM08:15

Power of Collaboration Panel

Perhaps the defining characteristic of Columbus is its collaborative spirit. Across the city, public and private organizations of all kinds find ways to work together to move the city forward. In this panel, we will hear from several of the key leaders who have pushed for – and maintained – collaboration in Columbus. Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum will moderate the panel.

Columbus Convention Center, South Building, rooms B & C

Moderator:
G.T. Bynum
Mayor, City of Tulsa

Panelists:
Michael Coleman
Former Mayor, City of Columbus

Alex Fischer
President & CEO, Columbus Partnership

Andrew J. Ginther
Mayor, City of Columbus

Dr. David Harrison
President, Columbus State Community College

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Welcome Reception and Tour at Ohio Stadium - University Suite
Oct
9
5:30 PM17:30

Welcome Reception and Tour at Ohio Stadium - University Suite

Our Intercity Visit to Columbus begins with a short bus ride from the Hyatt Regency to the famous Ohio Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University. With a capacity of nearly 105,000, the home field of the Ohio State Buckeyes is the third largest stadium in the country. We will mingle in the University Suite overlooking the stadium before taking a guided tour of the stadium and pausing for a group photo on the field. Our buses will then return everyone downtown for dinners on your own.

David Stratton
2019 Chair, Tulsa Regional Chamber

Nick Akins
Chairman, President & CEO, AEP

Dick Crawford
Former Mayor, City of Tulsa

Don DePerro
President & CEO, Columbus Chamber of Commerce

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