HELPFUL ORGANIZATIONS

Civic, community, cultural and business organizations that want your involvement!

ARTS

Greater Columbus Arts Council

Through vision and leadership, advocacy and collaboration, the Greater Columbus Arts Council supports art and advances the culture of the region. A catalyst for excellence and innovation, the Arts Council funds exemplary artists and arts organizations and provides programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community.

Art Makes Columbus

The Art Makes Columbus / Columbus Makes Art campaign is a progressive, influential, and collaborative community effort. Our promotion and marketing efforts strive to showcase these qualities boldly, expressing the diverse perspectives, depth of talent, and untold potential that make up the Columbus arts community. View videos of Columbus artists here.

BUSINESSES

Columbus 2020

Columbus 2020 serves as the economic development organization for the 11-county Columbus Region. The organization’s mission is to generate opportunity and build capacity for economic growth by helping growing businesses.

Columbus Chamber

The Columbus Chamber provides connections, resources and solutions to help businesses thrive. Leveraging a customized, consultative approach to support members that range from small businesses to Fortune 500 enterprises, the Columbus Chamber is helping to grow the Columbus Region economy one business at a time.

Columbus Partnership

The Columbus Partnership is a non-profit, membership-based CEO organization of more than 60 CEOs from Columbus’ leading businesses and institutions. The Columbus Partnership’s primary goal is to improve the economic vitality of the Columbus Region.

Downtown Columbus

One of the best things about Columbus is its downtown. Get the latest scoop on what’s happening, where to live, and who’s doing what with downtown businesses, real estate, and so much more.

Smart Columbus

Columbus competed against 77 cities nationwide to win the Smart City Challenge in 2016. With $40 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation and $10 million from Vulcan, Inc., a Paul G. Allen Company, Columbus won a very important job: improve people’s quality of life; drive growth in the economy; provide better access to jobs and ladders of opportunity; become a world-class logistics leader; foster sustainability.

ENTREPRENEURS

Rev1 Ventures

Rev1 Ventures helps entrepreneurs build great companies. With the capital of a venture capital firm and the connections of an accelerator, Rev1 supports startups through the first phases of growth to increase their probability of success.

Venture Ohio

Facilitating the growth and vibrancy of the Ohio entrepreneurial ecosystem, Venture Ohio’s mission is to help increase access to capital, foster collaboration and tell Ohio’s story by accelerating innovation, job creation and wealth generation.

COMMUNITY AND PHILANTHROPY

The Columbus Foundation

The Columbus Foundation is the trusted philanthropic advisor to 2,500 individuals, families, and businesses who have created charitable funds and planned gifts to make a difference in the lives of others through the most effective philanthropy possible. Serving the Region for more than 70 years, The Columbus Foundation is the seventh largest community foundation in the United States.

GOVERNMENT

The City Of Columbus

Whether you’re a resident, business, or visitor, The City of Columbus has all of the updates and information you need, from upcoming events to municipal needs to economic development news.

Franklin County

Franklin County, home to Ohio’s capital city, is full of beautiful neighborhoods and is home to 19 metro parks with more than 200 miles of trails. It has a critically acclaimed food scene and top-ranked attractions like the Columbus Zoo and its neighboring water park.

TRANSPORTATION

It’s easy to get around Columbus. We have lots of great options to get around the city from public transportation to car sharing services. View a full list of available options in addition to those included below.

Columbus Regional Airport Authority

The Airport Authority is a public entity actively engaged in connecting Ohio with the world. The CRAA oversees the operations of John Glenn Columbus International Airport, Rickenbacker International Airport and Bolton Field.

Central Ohio Transit Authority

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) is a regional public transit provider for greater Columbus and central Ohio. COTA has a service area of 1.2 million residents and provides more than 19 million passenger trips annually.

VISITORS, CONVENTIONS AND SPORTS

Experience Columbus

Experience Columbus promotes Central Ohio as a visitor destination. Together with the hospitality community, Experience Columbus works to attract billions of dollars to the area through visitor spending. Visit this site for a calendar of events, blog posts on happenings in the city and a hub for trails.

Greater Columbus Sports Commission

columbussports.org The Sports Commission is a catalyst, driving the collaborative efforts of the Central Ohio region to attract and host a wide variety of sporting events at the professional, collegiate and amateur levels. Visit this site to ensure you don’t miss any upcoming sporting events.

The Short North

The Short North Arts District is home to over 300 exciting businesses, the majority of which are locally owned or headquartered. It has received numerous national accolades, is considered a model for urban revitalization, and is known as the art and soul of Columbus.