While area universities are expanding their academic offerings, business executives can school themselves at upcoming conferences.

You know logistics is important to the local economy when Columbus State Community College creates an associate degree for its workforce. The new logistics engineering technology degree program is available for the coming autumn semester. CSCC worked with area employers for three years to create the program, incorporating some classes already available in supply chain management, information technology and engineering technology programs.

Franklin University has a new global educational partnership with Universidad Cuauhtémoc in Aguascalientes, Mexico, joining Franklin’s eight other global partner schools. The agreement allows UCA students to earn Franklin’s Global Master of Business Administration (GMBA) degree without having to leave Mexico. Closer to home, Franklin is bringing Urbana University under its accreditation as a branch campus, effective Aug. 1. This follows Franklin’s acquisition of Urbana in 2014.

Businesses can grow their knowledge and contacts at the Ohio Municipalities Business Conference & Expo Aug. 2-3 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Mayor Andrew Ginther and the City of Columbus Office of Diversity and Inclusion host this first statewide conferenceto discuss best practices in supplier diversity to build and grow businesses. Register online.

Will you be at the Columbus Chamber’s CEO Insights on Wednesday morning? Tweet your questions for Denny Gerdeman of Chute Gerdeman or Yaromir Steiner of Steiner + Associatesto me, @ceo_editor, using #CEOInsights and I’ll try to get an answer.

If you miss Gerdeman and Steiner this week, maybe you will see them Aug. 9-10 when they co-chair the annual Retail Summit presented by Franklin County and the Chamber. The theme for this year’s summit at the Greater Columbus Convention Center is Smart Region + Smart Retail. Register online 

COTA’s Annual Luncheon is always stimulating as well. Building on Smart Columbus developments, Beth Osborne, Vice President for Technical Assistance and Senior Policy Advisor at Transportation for America, will deliver the keynote, “It’s a Journey … Not Just a Ride: Smart Technology Driving Public Transportation.” Tickets can be purchased online for the Aug. 24 event at Hyatt Regency.

And if you just want to have fun, plan to sit in Friday afternoon for the Worthington taping of the next national TV show of Songs at the Center, featuring singers and songwriters who are putting Columbus on the music map.