Everyone likes to be tops in something. Are you aware of how many ways Columbus ranks No. 1?

The Columbus Foundation celebrates Columbus’ National Number Ones each year with a robust collection of honors from the previous 12 months. The eclectic collection of 24 number ones recognized this year by CEO Doug Kridler and crew ranged from the city’s win for the Smart City Challenge to Experience Columbus for a JD Power Award for top visitor destination in the Midwest.

Dublin has a number one of its own to honor on March 14—Doug Austin, executive vice president and chief sales officer for IGS Energy is being recognized by the Dublin Chamber of Commerce as its 2017 Business Person of the Year. It’s obvious from our recent interview of IGS CEO Scott White that Austin has been tops with him for many years.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther is convinced he has top honors for “the best job in the best city in America,” as he noted in his State of the City 2017 report on Thursday. The mayor also boasted, “Columbus has the fastest growing economy in the Midwest, the lowest unemployment in 25 years and a Triple-A bond rating from all three rating agencies.”

And Ginther is number one with the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio for his commitment, also announced in the State of the City 2017, to elevate the work of his Columbus Women’s Commission by naming Shelly Beiting as its executive director, a new position. President CEO Nichole Dunn commends Ginther for upping his work for gender equality.

A Columbus business owner, Jeannette Armbrust of Skyline Exhibits of Central Ohio, is best in Ohio in Enterprising Women of the Year Awards for 2017 bestowed by Enterprising Women magazine. And Forbes calls Ohio the best state in the US to launch a startup. No arguing with that!   

Help COTA become the best public transit system by weighing in on its Short-Range Transit Plan public comment meetings set for this Thursday and March 7.