We dedicated this May 2020 issue to answering as many questions as we can—about the economy, about the real estate market, about how small business owners are coping. And we highlight stories of collaboration and innovation coming out of the local business and scientific communities.
Have you been back to the office since the term "social distancing" came into your lexicon? Perhaps you have, if you work alone or with just a few other people. For Dispatch Magazines staffers, of which Columbus CEO is a part—and for parent company Gannett as a whole—working from home is the practice, and not the kind with quotes around it. I have been surprised to find busy days at my home desk can pass without lunch, just like in the office.
I do, however, make a few trips a month back to the office to water my plants there. The dim, quiet, still office, where calendars are still set to March, and the proofs from magazines that shipped in March still rest on the cabinets. Where mail has piled up, waiting for our return. On my last trip into the office, which I made as we closed in on the deadline for the May issue, I tidied up a section of my desk. Among the papers that had become irrelevant was the Columbus economic forecast for 2020 from Regionomics, the consulting firm run by economist Bill LaFayette, who is a valued partner to this magazine. It comes out each January and packs the house for an annual Columbus Metropolitan Club forum.
Top billing in Bill's 2020 forecast is a chart showing total Columbus metropolitan statistical area employment, a beautiful check mark-shaped line that bottoms out in 2010 before a rapid ascent shown continuing into 2020. Worker availability is cited as a top employer concern.
With nearly 1 million Ohioans out of work, how quaint that seems now. It's difficult to quantify the economic devastation brought about by the coronavirus crisis, though in this issue we make a solid attempt. As we head into May, it seems there are many questions and few answers, a sensation that inspired our May cover.
What will our partial reopening involve? What will the socially distanced workplace look like? How long before we can gather in large groups again? How will struggling small business owners survive? And how bad will the projected spike in COVID-19 cases be?
We dedicated this May 2020 issue to answering as many questions as we can—about the economy, about the real estate market, about how small business owners are coping. And we highlight stories of collaboration and innovation coming out of the local business and scientific communities.Stay up to date with the region’s business scene. Subscribe to Columbus CEO’s weekly newsletter.
This is Columbus, after all, where a spirit of positivity and resilience permeates most everything.
Also in this issue:
OhioHealth CEO Dr. Steve Markovich—a military pilot, Ohio National Guard commander and emergency room physician—has been training for just such a crisis his whole career. Meet the man keeping the region's largest health system going at full speed.
And a bit of celebration: Announcing Central Ohio's Top Workplaces for 2020!