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Columbus Highlights

Columbus, Ohio has long been at the forefront of technological innovation in healthcare, banking and commerce, so naturally the city provides the ideal backdrop for the Global Diabetes Summit, an international consortium of opinion leaders, scientists and researchers.

The 15th largest city in the United States, Columbus is home to The Ohio State University Medical Center, world-renowned for performing research and translating discoveries into treatments.

Columbus is also one of the world’s leading centers for scientific information distribution and technology advancement, thanks to Battelle Memorial Institute, Chemical Abstracts Service, CompuServe, Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC) and more than 100 other technology and research companies. And, Columbus has been ranked both a top 10 high-tech city, as well as one of the top 25 biotech locations in the United States.

Fast Facts

About Columbus
Columbus is the capital of Ohio and the third fastest-growing major metropolitan area in the Midwest. Columbus is conveniently located within a 550-mile radius of more than half of the population of the United States, with 80 percent of the country located within a 90-minute airplane trip. Columbus has consistently received honors as one of the country’s most livable cities.

Research Corridor
Columbus is fortunate to have The Ohio State University, a major research university of some 50,000 students, as a next-door neighbor to the world’s largest private contract research organization, Battelle Memorial Institute. The synergy that exists between OSU and Battelle showcases Columbus’ outstanding technological strength. Together, these two institutions anchor a growing research corridor that encompasses many of the region’s key technology assets.

International Impact
Columbus and its citizens have recognized and embraced diverse cultures and multicultural values. Civic organizations are actively working to develop global perspectives that will help Columbus become an international affairs leader. And business and community leaders are developing partnerships with citizens of other countries to strengthen democratic ideals, encourage economic development and promote cultural understanding through the exchange of knowledge and ideas.

An expansive wholesale/retail market, a top-notch services industry, a prominent governmental network, and a comprehensive educational complex all make Columbus an incredible city in which to live, work and visit. Columbus is a fascinating city with a special energy and vitality. The community is renowned for its cutting-edge technological companies, vast academic facilities and resources, and thriving industry.

Columbus Firsts
Columbus is a city of firsts including e-commerce, interactive television, electronic home banking, automated teller machines, banking drive-through windows, gasoline filling stations, and even the world’s first modern shopping center. Columbus also lays claim to establishing the first kindergarten, the first major league baseball team and the first dental school in the world, as well as being the first to build a soccer-specific stadium in the United States (Crew Stadium). Columbus natives also invented the first edible tomato and coined the phrase “Rock ‘n Roll.”

Columbus’ solid business base is enhanced by the vitality of its downtown and the diversity of its neighborhoods. The city offers a unique blend of education and enjoyment with an array of museums and exhibits. Columbus also offers an eclectic mix of theater, music, dance and other entertainment attractions.

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