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Columbus Partnership Continuing to Rain on Parade

Walker Evans Walker Evans
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2008 was a big year for the arts in Columbus. The “Indie Arts Capital of the World” concept stirred up a lot of discussion, several new major artistic events such as Independents Day and the Highball Halloween made their debut, and hundreds of other local artists, groups and collaboratives made a lot of progress in furthering the establishment that Columbus is an arts destination. But back in April, The Columbus Partnership conducted a study about video rentals and barber schools and proclaimed that the arts in Columbus actually suck a lot more than you might have thought.

Fast forward a year to 2009 and Columbus is now abuzz with technology initiatives. Multiple coworking spaces are coming online downtown, new events such as Startup Weekend, Wordcamp, and IT Martini are helping to grow our technology scene, and most impressively, Columbus recently topped a national study about the best up-and-coming “Tech Cities” in the US.

So once again, leave it to The Columbus Partnership to roll out the bad news. They just wrapped up a presentation this afternoon at the Columbus Metropolitan Club that the Dispatch summarizes with a headline of “Area lags in high-tech jobs“. It’s going to take a bit of time to read through their new study and figure out what metrics were used to come to this conclusion. But for now, our question is this: How can the technology sector in Columbus be ranked so highly on a national level, but ranked so poorly when it comes to the research initiatives of our local leaders at the Columbus Partnership?

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