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Downtown Mike Brown: Urban Ventures Coordinator

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The Alive wrote Downtown Mike Brown

By John Ross

June 5, 2008

Since Jan. 1, 2000, the mayor’s first day in City Hall, Mike Brown has been his communication director. And as a mouthpiece, a last line of defense, Brown was good. He’s knowledgeable about Columbus and savvy enough to offer just enough opinion — accompanied by a few hearty laughs — to keep his sound bites honest.

Brown, like Coleman, has a vision of what Columbus should be, and he wants to see it through. That’s the main reason the 33-year-old was promoted this week to urban ventures coordinator, a unique position created to handle Downtown improvements that have remained a focus of Coleman’s third term.

“Columbus has to keep moving forward,” Brown said. “We cannot just be satisfied. When you quit getting better, you start getting worse.”

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