Intercommunity Leadership Visit to Columbus, OH
Vibrant and progressive, the Columbus Region's stable economy is the envy of many other US and International cities. In its collaborative community environment, entrepreneurs can take risks, and small businesses and major corporations can thrive. Columbus' educated workforce and outstanding quality of life make it ideal to grow a business, career or family.
Here's what we will focus on:
Entrepreneurship and Economic Development
Smart Cities Initiative
Strong Office Recruitment
Successful Housing/Transit Strategies
Big Ideas/Community Partnerships
ABOUT THE TRIP
3 Days ♦ 15 Speakers ♦ 100 Local Leaders ♦ Countless Ideas for Guiding Greenville's Growth
The Greenville Chamber’s 2019 Intercommunity Leadership Visit (ILV) will take 80 attendees to Columbus, Ohio, from September 23 -25. The ILV is a biennial opportunity for local leaders to gather ideas and insights from an aspirational city.
While most may know of Columbus as either a state capital or home to The Ohio State University, the metro is home to a number of Fortune 500 headquarters, with a significant presence of apparel design (e.g. L Brands), finance, insurance and other retail headquarters. It has a surprisingly eclectic mix of neighborhoods, a strong culinary scene and a can-do attitude.
Hotel Accommodations - Hilton Columbus Downtown SEE THE HOTEL
Transportation - You will be responsible for booking your own flight. The conference-style trip is intentionally designed for attendees to experience a world-class transit system from the moment they arrive.
THE COLUMBUS WAY
The Columbus Way. It’s a term not taken lightly in Central Ohio. It’s a way of doing business, crafting bold visions, aligning institutional and financial resources and achieving those dreams.
As the sole winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) first-ever Smart City Challenge, Columbus was awarded $50 million in funding and the designation as America’s Smart City. In addition, they are taking on the coveted job of “becoming smart” by embracing the reinvention of transportation to accelerate human progress. And with it, the responsibility to be a teacher for cities as they evolve around the world.
Smart Columbus is managed through a public/private partnership of the City of Columbus and the Columbus Partnership, which are joined by more than 100 public, private and academic sectors in scaling Columbus’ smart city vision.
In addition to experiencing a city with a bold vision and an increasingly world-class transit system, ILV attendees will spend time exploring why Columbus was ranked by the Kauffman Foundation as the #1 metro for scaling start-ups. We will explore workforce housing, community branding, workforce & talent, advocacy and even comprehensive planning. MKSK, the firm handling Greenville County’s comprehensive planning process as well as the Unity Park/Reedy River Redevelopment Plan is headquartered in Columbus and will be engaged during the visit as well.
Early Bird Registration - $1,695 per person (Until July 19th)
Registration - $1,995 per person
This conference-style visit fee includes: 2 nights lodging at Hilton Columbus Downtown, ground (bus) transportation during conference, 3 receptions, 1 plated dinner, 2 lunches and 2 breakfasts.
NOTE: Included in the price is a post-trip debrief on October 1st from 7:30- 9 AM. Location TBD, and more details to come!
Cancellation policy: No refunds after August 30. We encourage individuals having to cancel to find another attendee within their organization. Cancellations made prior to August 30 will receive a full refund minus a $115 processing fee.
THERE ARE STILL SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE!