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October 22, 2010:

Live Blog:

Not everyone could present so much data while earning so many laughs.

Michael grew up outside of Youngstown, Ohio.  His dad was a steel-worker.  For his 13th birthday, Michael’s parents bought him an Ohio Almanac.   He learned there that Columbus was the only place in Ohio that was growing.   In 1983 Michael and his Dad came to visit  Columbus.  On this trip he had his  first cab ride, and he knew that  Columbus was special.

Columbus is a very different city than the one he first visited with his dad.

  • In the 1980s there were 13,000 new residents in Columbus.
  • In the 1990 that grew to 200,000 new residents.

Where are people moving to Metro Columbus from?

In past 9 years domestic migration  has added 34,024 new residents to our population.

People are moving to Columbus domestically from:

  1. Cleveland
  2. Dayton
  3. Youngstown
  4. Detroit
  5. Akron

People come to Columbus from these nearby industrial cities for jobs.  These cities were also recently ranked by Forbes magazine as some of the most miserable places to live in US.

Where do people go when leave Columbus?

In 2008 people leaving Columbus went to:

  1. Phoenix
  2. Dallas
  3. Houston
  4. Charlotte
  5. Atlanta

They left for sunshine and a little warmer weather.

Michael presented powerful graphics showing that Columbus is attracting people from a 200 mile radius, and got  big laughs for the idea that our attractivenss stops at state line.

Recently places of origin of people moving to columbus began to change:

21,000 African born resident now in Franklin County, residing largely around the  Morse Rd. Corridor.   in the early 1990s there were 30 somalis in Columbus.  One generation later, there are 40,000 Somali residents in Columbus.   The move to Franklin County was for the low cost of living,  plentiful  jobs, welcoming atmosphere.  The growth of this population was organic – traditionally Somalis have a strong family network, so the population grew.

35,000 Asians now in Franklin County, residing largely near Tuttle Crossing/Dublin.   The individuals move here  in mid-career because they have employment.  Largest concentration of Asian residents in Ohio.

The Latino Community is more recent to the area and harder to track.  The statistics say that currently ther are 22,000 Hispanic people in Franklin county.  Those who work with the community estimate it to be closer to 6,5000.   How has this changed the city?  A Mexican grocery store chain has 9 cols locations.  10 years ago there were none.

There are 100,000 people  in Franklin County who were not born in US.  50% of those people arrived in last 9 years.

Are we as culturally competent as we should be or could be?

Frankling County is a young community.  Compared to Cuyahoga County:

  • 600 more babies morn every year (despite slightly smaller population)
  • 6400 less deaths in a given year
  • On average, 6 years younger

Only Boston has a higher per capita rate of college students.  What could we do to keep those young people and minds in the area?

A group of visitors from Shanghai recently visited Columbus.  What do people who come from such a city of progress think of Columbus? When asked what they will remember, their first thought was…. squirrels.    (So much for marketing plans!)   The item with the second strongest impression was blue skies – pollution often prevents them from seeing the sky the way we see it.

People will continue to come here from other places. Our problems are not those of our nearby competitors.

Michael was once told that there is not much difference  between successfull people and not-so-successful people.   The successful people just make more decisions.     People are a lot like cities.

Columbus will have to make a lot of decisions in next few years. Those should be informed decisions. Some will be home runs, most will fail.  Remember the blue skies and squirrels. Those are important to our future as well.