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Study: Columbus is #1 Visitor Destination in Midwest

Walker Evans Walker Evans Study: Columbus is #1 Visitor Destination in Midwest

A new study from J.D. Power ranked the Top 50 U.S. cities based on customer experience during business and leisure trips, and found that Columbus was the top-scored city in the Midwest Region. “This is a great example of how cities that are able to exceed travelers’ expectations can leave a positive impression that has […]

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Commission Encouraged by Changes to Main Street Hotel Proposal

Brent Warren Brent Warren Commission Encouraged by Changes to Main Street Hotel Proposal

Representatives of Northstar Realty and Alliance Hospitality were back in front of the Downtown Commission this week to submit a new design for their proposed Home2 Suites extended-stay hotel at 382-404 East Main Street. The commission was not impressed with the initial design of the 100-suite hotel, saying that the windows were too small and […]

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New Hotel Could Jumpstart Downtown’s Southeast Gateway Area

Brent Warren Brent Warren New Hotel Could Jumpstart Downtown’s Southeast Gateway Area

When the Discovery District Special Improvement District commissioned a plan for the southeast quadrant of Downtown over two years ago, it was with the expectation that changes in traffic patterns due to the Interstate 70/71 split project could spur development in an area that has been dominated by surface parking lots and other car-oriented land […]

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Proposal for 12-Story Hotel Downtown Met with Concerns from Commission

Brent Warren Brent Warren Proposal for 12-Story Hotel Downtown Met with Concerns from Commission

A proposal to build a 12-story, 170-room Hilton Garden Hotel at 77 East Nationwide Boulevard has run into resistance from the Downtown Commission. Indus Hotels brought plans to the commission’s May 26th meeting, having made changes to the design they first presented in January. The latest proposal calls for reconstructing the brick facade of the existing […]

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The Big Give: Improving Columbus Through Amplified Giving

Walker Evans Walker Evans The Big Give: Improving Columbus Through Amplified Giving

You may know Mike Brown from his work at Experience Columbus, helping to develop Columbus as a national visitor destination. You may know Mike Brown from his work on the Independents’ Day festival, which he has helped grow into a pride point for the creative community. You may even know Mike Brown from his preview […]

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Tourism Contributes $8.7 Billion to Columbus Economy

Walker Evans Walker Evans Tourism Contributes $8.7 Billion to Columbus Economy

Columbus doesn’t have mountains, oceans or internationally known landmarks, but that doesn’t mean that tourists are non-existent in our city. In fact, Experience Columbus released a report yesterday that highlights the fact that economic impact from visitor spending is up 11% in the past two years to a grand total of $8.7 billion, generated by […]

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200Columbus Wrap-up: The Bicentennial Celebration

Walker Evans Walker Evans 200Columbus Wrap-up: The Bicentennial Celebration

On January 1st, the 200Columbus bicentennial celebration officially ended, but the spirit of the program was designed to live on. We caught up with bicentennial organizers Jamie Green, Mike Brown and Sarah Bongiorno to find out their thoughts on how well the various 200Columbus events were attended, how the message of collaboration was received and […]

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