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The Confluence Cast: Create Columbus Commission

Tim Fulton Tim Fulton The Confluence Cast: Create Columbus Commission

This week, we’re talking about young professionals in Columbus. Specifically, the Create Columbus Commission. The group was originally chartered by Mayor Michael B. Coleman ten year ago to provide guidance on how to attract and retain young professionals to Columbus. Their grant program is in full swing for the year, with opportunities for social enterprise organizations, ideas, […]

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Forge Columbus Founder Reese Neader Passes Away

Walker Evans Walker Evans Forge Columbus Founder Reese Neader Passes Away

It was reported this afternoon that local community activist and entrepreneurial leader Reese Neader has passed away. “Reese died at 11:59 at Grant,” stated his father Jim Neader on Facebook. “Surrounded by loving family, friends and faith. May this gentle man be welcomed into gods heaven. Will update later with arraignments. He fought a long […]

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Idea Forge: Celebrating the Near East Side Co-Op and the Community

Tyler Durbin Tyler Durbin Idea Forge: Celebrating the Near East Side Co-Op and the Community

In June, we read about the Near East Side Co-op’s plea for help to keep the doors open and to continue feeding neighborhood families. The community answered the rallying call. The June “Rent Party” mobilized the Near East Side neighborhood to show up and support the Near East Side Co-Op. Neighborhood businesses like Upper Cup […]

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Idea Forge: Grassroots Micro-Financing for Columbus Entrepreneurs

 Reese Neader Idea Forge: Grassroots Micro-Financing for Columbus Entrepreneurs

Inspired by a dream, literally, Near East Side resident Tamela Walker embarked upon a culinary journey to combine the crunchy saltiness of a tortilla chip with the luscious sweetness of drizzled chocolate. She called this succulent treat Torlitas. Tamela worked tirelessly to take Torlitas from a mere dream, to a part-time business, into a full-time […]

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Idea Forge: Creating the Civic Innovation Blueprint

 Reese Neader Idea Forge: Creating the Civic Innovation Blueprint

Throughout the country there are regions that have a thriving civic innovation ecosystem. Columbus is right there being consistently recognized as one of the world’s most intelligent cities. We are a smart and open community anchored by world-class institutions, businesses, and celebrations. But civic innovation isn’t just the presence of organizations, their talent, and their […]

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Idea Forge: Columbus is a City You Can Build

 Reese Neader Idea Forge: Columbus is a City You Can Build

The #1 up-and-coming tech city. Among the world’s most intelligent communities. Home to the nation’s largest university. The top metro for global 500 companies. The state capital of Ohio. Columbus is an emerging global city, full of individuals and organizations with the skills to make our region an international destination. It took decades of hard […]

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Forgeworks Opening Coworking Space & Business Incubator at 400 West Rich

Walker Evans Walker Evans Forgeworks Opening Coworking Space & Business Incubator at 400 West Rich

If the multifaceted success of 400 West Rich can serve as a bellwether, then East Franklinton is well on its way to becoming the creative hub that community leaders want it to me. The 100,000 square foot building is now home to a food truck hub, a biweekly winter market, 100 individual artists studios, a […]

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