Extensive public involvement
Extensive public involvement, including a Youth Meeting, College Symposium, Focus Groups, Citizen Summit and Neighborhood Meetings added to over 11,000 “Think Tank” ideas already gathered from citizens throughout the Summer of 2007. The Summit, which utilized TurningPoint keypad response technology, brought a broad cross-section of the public together to think big and think creatively about the city’s future. Over 1,700 participants registered for the Columbus Bicentennial Citizen Summit in advance and 250 people registered on-site the night of the event, marking the largest community meeting ever to take place in the City of Columbus.
Priorities of Dream it. Do It. were documented in the city’s Blueprint for the Bicentennial and ultimately supported with a bond package and significant private investment. In the short two-and-a-half years since the Blueprint was prepared, many of the community goals developed through the vision have already become a reality, including a new hotel across from the convention center, the redevelopment of the City Center Mall into Columbus Commons Park, the Art Museum renovation, and completion of the “Scioto Mile” on the riverfront.
Between 2011 and 2013, the planning NEXT team supported implementation of the vision as the project manager for 200Columbus, the bicentennial celebration and initiatives.
- Design Week Columbus
- Exhibit honors Ohio Stadium and its architect
- idUS to celebrate innovation and design
- Jamie Greene Inspires at TEDxColumbus
Project Type: Citywide Vision
Community Type: large city
Client: City of Columbus
Services: visioning, facilitation, public involvement