2016 Columbus National Meeting Recap

This year’s National Meeting was our best yet thanks to our great speakers, generous sponsors, the Columbus Foundation, Columbus Cluster and our over 400 attendees from over 80 cities.

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Day 1  |  Day 2  |  Day 3  |  Sponsors | Pictures

TUESDAY, SEPT. 27, 2016

Location: Express Live! (405 Neil Ave.)
(formally known as the LC Pavilion)

The first half day of the 2016 CEOs for Cities National Meeting began with opening remarks from Columbus Mayor, Andrew Ginther and then the panel of Mayors and our first keynote of the National Meeting.

1:30 p.m. Welcome Remarks

1:45 p.m. The View of the City as a New Mayor

Mayor Andrew Ginther, Columbus, Ohio.


2 – 3:15 p.m. Views of the City from a Swing State

A panel of distinguished Ohio mayors will discuss how they are creating economic opportunity in their cities.

Mayor Andrew Ginther, Columbus, Ohio
Mayor John Cranley, Cincinnati, Ohio
Mayor Dan Horrigan, Akron, Ohio
Mayor Nan Whaley, Dayton, Ohio
Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson, Toledo, Ohio

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Mark Kvamme

Finding Innovation & Opportunity in Unexpected Places ‘
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Mark Kvamme, Co-Founder + Partner, Drive Capital. Mark is the former President of JobsOhio, a private, nonprofit corporation leading Ohio’s job-creation efforts. Prior to JobsOhio, Mark was a partner at Sequoia Capital for 12 years, where he led investments in Linkedin, MarkLogic, Cast Iron (IBM), and FunnyOrDie.com.

5:30 p.m. Welcome Reception

Location: North Market (59 Spruce St.)

Enjoy Columbus’ only remaining true public market. The North Market is listed one of 8 Must-Visit Historic Food Markets Across America by Country Living Magazine, was ranked #4 on the 35 Food Markets Around the World to Put on Your Travel Bucket List, and USA Today has named the North Market one of America’s Most Historic Food Markets! Check out live music, eat great food and experience Columbus history.


Location: Express Live! (405 Neil Ave.)
(formally known as the LC Pavilion)

The first full day of the 2016 CEOs for Cities National Meeting began with an early breakfast and opening remarks, followed by a day of programming — that included keynote speakers, panel discussions and city field trips in Columbus.

7:45 a.m. Welcome Remarks

8 a.m. Morning Keynote // Angela Glover Blackwell

Equity: Paving the Way to Inclusion and Economic Prosperity

Angela Glover Blackwell, President + CEO of PolicyLink, which was founded in 1999 and continues to drive its mission of advancing economic and social equity. Under Blackwell’s leadership, PolicyLink has become a leading voice in the movement to use public policy to improve access and opportunity for all low-income people and communities of color, particularly in the areas of health, housing, transportation, education, and infrastructure. In 2013, Blackwell and PolicyLink collaborated with the Center for American Progress to write and release All In Nation: An America that Works for All.

9:00 – 12 p.m. Columbus: The Opportunity City

Panel: What Makes Columbus Work

Nancy Kramer, Founder + Chairman, Resource Ammirati, an IBM Company
Alex Shumate, Managing Partner, North America Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP; Chairman, The Ohio State University Board of Trustees
Hon. Michael Coleman, Director of Business and Government Strategies, IceMiller Legal Counsel; Former Mayor of Columbus

Columbus Lightning Round

Tanisha Robinson, Founder + CEO, Print Syndicate
Michael Wilkos, Director of Community Research, The Columbus Foundation
Sharon Davies, Executive Director, Kirwan Institute; VP of Diversity and Inclusion, The Ohio State University
Joe DeLoss, Owner, Hot Chicken Takeover
Peggy Kriha Dye, Artistic Director, Opera Columbus
Gabrielle Burton, Documentarian, Five Sisters Productions

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Panel: Why Education is the Key to Inclusive Growth

Lillian Lowery, President + CEO, FutureReady Columbus
Andy Boy, CEO, United Schools Network
Hannah Powell, Executive Director, KIPP Columbus
Dr. Daniel Good, Superintendent + CEO, Columbus City Schools

12:30 p.m. Luncheon Keynote // Harvard Professor Jan W. Rivkin

Meeting the Challenge of Shared Prosperity
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Jan Rivkin is the Bruce V. Rauner Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School (HBS), where he serves as co-chair of the School’s project on the competitiveness of the United States. In leading the U.S. competitiveness project, he has worked with a team of about twenty HBS faculty to explore steps that cross-sector leaders can take to help firms in the U.S. win in the global marketplace and raise American living standards.

2:30 – 5:30 p.m. Columbus Field Trips

Participants will have a chance to explore Columbus by participating in one of nine concurrent field trips.
Field Trip #1: Paddle & Pedal
Field Trip #2: Arts & Smarts: The Discovery District
Field Trip #3: Downtown: Small Tactics for Addressing Big Issues
Field Trip #4: Moving Franklinton Forward
Field Trip #5: Global Columbus: Home to the New American
Field Trip #6: River South District
Field Trip #7: Short North Arts District: The Art & Soul of Columbus
Field Trip #8: 250 South High: The Future of Mixed Use
Field Trip #9: Weinland Park: A Neighborhood of Today

6 – 8 p.m. Reception

LOCATION: Pizzuti Collection (632 North Park St)

The Pizzuti Collection is a nonprofit organization presenting temporary exhibitions of contemporary art from the collection of Ron and Ann Pizzuti. What started as a personal passion for the art itself has grown into a lifetime commitment of the Pizzutis to bring world-class art and artists to Columbus, helping to enhance the cultural fabric of the Columbus community for generations to come.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 29, 2016

Location: Express Live! (405 Neil Ave.)
(formally known as the LC Pavilion)

The final day of the 2016 National Meeting featured keynote speakers, and two exciting panels.

7:45 a.m. Welcome Remarks

Getting you excited for 2017 Spring Cluster Meeting in Greenville, SC!

8 a.m. Morning Keynote // Gabriel Metcalf

Economic Prosperity and the Urban Agenda
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Gabriel Metcalf, is the President + CEO, SPUR, based in San Francisco, and author of Democratic by Design: How Carsharing, Co-ops, and Community Land Trusts are Reinventing America. Gabriel has authored or co-authored such notable articles as “The Northern California Megaregion,” “Democracy and Planning,” “The San Francisco Exodus” and “The Great Dithering.”  He is a co-founder of City CarShare and the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition.

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. A New Philanthropic Approach to
Combating Inequality Panel

A panel of foundation leaders throughout the country will discuss why and how a number of the nation’s foundations are now tackling inequality as a prominent part of their work. We’ll explore how foundations are strategically investing in neighborhoods, cities, and regions to make them more equitable and inclusive.

As Rip Rapson, President and CEO of The Kresge Foundation and Phil Henderson, President of The Surdna Foundation have noted,”For a nation whose majority population will soon be people of color, these inequities loom large over the future prosperity of cities and their surrounding metropolitan regions — and pose a major challenge for philanthropy to tackle…. Indeed it will be nearly impossible for many of us to continue to meet the demands of our missions — whether within social justice, racial equity, cultural preservation, environmental sustainability, or many other realms — unless we pick up the charge of equitable urban development. It’s time for more foundations to focus on this challenge.”

Janelle Coleman, President, L Brands Foundation (Moderator)
Sidney Hargro, Executive Director, Community Foundation of South Jersey
Christine Márquez-Hudson, President + CEO, The Denver Foundation
Hon. R.T. Rybak, President + CEO, The Minneapolis Foundation, Former Mayor of Minneapolis

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Smart & Inclusive Cities Panel

What makes a smart city, and can a smart city also be an inclusive city? We’ll explore these questions in the context of Columbus, Ohio winning the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge.

The Smart City Challenge is a $40 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and another $10 million from Vulcan, Inc. for an enhanced, sustainable transit system in Columbus.  One of the biggest barriers to breaking out of poverty is transportation to jobs, healthcare and education. Many urban neighborhoods are literally cut off from the city’s avenues to prosperity because the residents can’t get to work, to doctor appointments for themselves or their children, or to education centers.  Smart cities have real-time bus schedules so trips can be planned up to the minute, and first-mile/last-mile solutions for getting people from the bus stop to their destinations with Uber, Car2Go and new ride share/bike share programs. They also have cash-based systems for those citizens who are “unbanked” or don’t have access to debit cards and smart phones.  Smart cities also sprout new companies to develop and implement new transportation technology. Find out how to make your city a smart, inclusive city of opportunity.

Alex R. Fischer, President + CEO, Columbus Partnership (Moderator)
Aparna Dial, Deputy Director, Department of Public Service, City of Columbus; Program Manager, Smart Columbus
Michelle Maggiore, Associate Partner, IBM
Spencer Reeder, Vulcan, Inc.
Gary Moore, Former President + COO, Cisco Systems, Inc.

12:30 p.m. Closing Lunch + Keynote // Dr. Manuel Pastor

Just Growth: Inclusion and Prosperity
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Dr. Manuel Pastor, Author, Equity, Growth, and Community: What the Nation Can Learn from America’s Metro Areas and Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. He is the founding director of the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and currently directs the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at USC and USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII)

2:00 p.m. Closing Remarks


Special Thanks to All Our Generous Sponsors

The Columbus Foundation
AEP Ohio
Cardinal Health
Independents’ Day
Creative Control Fest
Commons Studio
Individuals: Michael Glimcher, Lisa Hinson, Nancy Kramer and Christopher Celeste, Doug and Monica Kridler and Matt Walter

Event Pictures

2016 Columbus National Meeting