Columbus, OH
Bicentennial Vision and 200Columbus Implementation Management

The year 2012 marked the 200th anniversary for Columbus, the 15th largest city in the nation, Ohio’s capital and home for The Ohio State University and businesses such as Limited Inc. and Nationwide Insurance. In celebrating Columbus’ history, the City launched an ambitious process to envision the it’s future, including establishment of goals and specific priority projects and programs. The planning NEXT team was selected to facilitate a transformational vision project that challenged the 700,000+ residents to think big and think creatively about the future of the 225-square-mile city and its neighborhoods. The initiative, called Dream it. Do it., aimed to reach consensus on projects that can be built or initiated by 2012 (based on 13 topical areas) and develop a list of neighborhood-based capital improvements.

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.

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Project Type: Citywide Vision
Community Type: large city
Client: City of Columbus
Services: visioning, facilitation, public involvement