Today the Columbus Chamber took an exciting look into the future, unveiling an unprecedented initiative called Columbus2020! at our annual meeting.
The Columbus2020! strategy is designed to take our region to the next level, using the basic elements of economic development – attraction of new companies; expansion of existing companies; creation of new companies; and the enhancement of workforce, infrastructure, and quality of life. The new organization – Columbus2020! – will be the quarterback for our economic development efforts. Led by Alex Fischer, president and CEO of the Columbus Partnership, Columbus2020! will coordinate our region’s efforts toward growth and prosperity, which include a focus on business attraction and national marketing.
The Chamber is pleased to be an integral part of the Columbus2020! strategy. Our focus will be on serving the existing businesses of our region. This focus is especially important given that 60-90 percent of all new jobs are created by the companies that are already doing business here. While this is not a new concept, it will be enhanced greatly under the Chamber’s new mission. In fact, we’re currently working on a dynamic strategy to support businesses throughout the region. Watch our Web site, this blog, and our publications for updates as we progress with the plan.
Keep in mind, this is a collaborative, community effort. For it to be successful, we need you to be successful. We need you to prosper. And we need you to participate with us. So, talk with us. Share your challenges and observations. Let the Chamber help. And in turn, you’ll help the entire region.
Our best days are still ahead. And Columbus2020! will fuel our engine. I invite you to join in the journey to 2020 with us.