Central Ohio 2015
1) …Columbus City Schools rated “Excellent with Distinction.” High quality public education would also embrace life-long learning from cradle to grave and include practical and vocational learning in addition to an academic education.
2) …greater cooperation and convergence among the technical, R&D, university, design, and arts communities, turning Columbus into an innovation “hothouse.”Central Ohio would be rebranded for its creativity and innovation in the arts, entertainment, and business.
3) …the creation of an environment that attracts and encourages new businesses, included investment capital. A regional enterprise zone would make doing business easier and less expensive in central Ohio.
4)… Central Ohio embrace green and efficient energy forms (both mobile and stationary) toward the goal of becoming energy self-sufficient; this includes public encouragement and infrastructure for hybrid and all-electric plug-in vehicles, and would include strong air quality standards, recycling, and strategies to combat carbon emissions.
5) …stronger, cleaner, greener and more affordable downtown neighborhoods, with a high quality of life based on a sense of community, entertainment, shopping, and vibrant day and night life.
All Ideas generated in response to the topic question:
1. Social input nurturing – encouraging people to make inputs to planning and development – encourage and channel people to do it
2. More high growth companies – “high flying” [enterprises and companies] –get out of the mode of being too comfortable
3. Keeping libraries open and participating in new technologies to foster community life
4. Develop a comprehensive plan to protect central Ohio if rest of the country were attacked by nuclear or biological weapons [weapons of mass destruction]
5. Improved, rationalized transportation plan – undo gridlock
6. Higher level of awareness of community activities/resources – improved self-image
7. Stronger, affordable neighborhoods with a vibrant street life
8. Rebranding – “Innovation Belt” or “Green Belt” not “Rust Belt” – [Columbus is generally viewed as a “fly over” community]
9. Downtown arts center integrated with Gateway and Wexner Center
10. Put your money where your mouth is — spend money locally and patronize local businesses, vendors, and entertainment
11. Become more open minded that rest of the world is not like Columbus – what we lie may turn off others – an excessive amount of parochialness – do things differently – allow other people to do things differently
12. Regional enterprise zone – economic incentives – a single office to coordinate permitting and to expedite businesses – tax breaks
13. Educational system for age 1 through Grade 12 that is adequately funded
14. Sustainable construction – LEED certification by U.S. Green Building Council
15. Columbus Public Schools rated Excellent with Distinction
16. Better air transportation – more direct flights – affordable air taxi
17. Strongly encourage recycling/Green living
18. a one cent tax to support entertainment centers and tourism
19. test bed for application of alternative energy forms
20. Robust and accessible adult education, life-long learning, and retraining – officially recognized with certifications
21. Cooperation [convergence] among technical, R&D, design, and arts communities into an innovation city
22. Promote local sustainability in regard to water, food, and energy (local self-reliance)
23. Improved air quality, including carbon emissions
24. A central Ohio “linkedin” for startup and existing companies
25. Focus on ourselves – self-criticism and self-awareness – recognize our own underlying problems
26. Vocational training – practical knowledge and skills taught, especially at the high school level
27. Programs for parents of newborns to promote the ability of babies to learn
28. Electric vehicles with public recharging plugs available – public infrastructure for plug-in electric vehicles
29. Encourage and promote music and entertainment industry
30. Metro-wide police, public services, etc.
31. More robust investment community
32. Movement toward regional government
33. Public leadership program
34. World-class symphony orchestra
35. Become the Green Sedona of the Mid-West by promoting healthy life styles
36. An expanded, environment friendly public transportation system connecting suburbs with downtown and running daily and late at night
37. Make something real
38. Challenge Ohio State to be energy self-sufficient
39. Bio-energy products industry for fuels and polymers
40. Promote a medical equipment industry
41. Adopt a disease [pick and disease and cure it] – be the best [at some cure or treatment]