It's no wonder thatExperience Columbusand others work hard to land big conventions when you considerthe dollars they bring to the area.

It's no wonder that Experience Columbus and others work hard to land big conventions when you consider the dollars they bring to the area.

Philadelphia may have beat out Columbus' bid to bring donkeys to town this week for the Democratic National Convention, but in a couple of months we'll have plenty of long-faced, four-legged friends here. Plan now to turn out for the 50th running of the All-American Quarter Horse Congress, Oct. 6-30. The largest single-breed horse show in the world generates $225 million for the local economy.

Excitement is already stirring for Columbus' newest win-the just-announced destination for the American Society of Association Executives' 2019 Annual Meeting and Exposition. Experience Columbus President and CEO Brian Ross calls the ASAE event "a game-changer for our community," generating more than $16 million in spending by 5,000-plus attendees. Watch for the August issue of Columbus CEO-out next week!-to learn what amenities and facility features conference planners most want in deciding where to schedule their events.

Columbus' economy is also boosted by its status as one of a dozen major inland ports across the country. Columbus ranks second in its proximity to people within a 300-mile radius. Two Class 1 railroads serving the area put Columbus within reach of 53.7 million people, according to analysis by CBRE.

And Columbus' reputation as a growing tech city helped to attract 50 jobs with a new expansion site in Dublin for VirtusaPolaris, an IT consulting and outsourcing firm. The Massachusetts company likes that Columbus is on the Homes.Com 2016 Top Tech City Index.

All this helps to bring in great new talent, which is why the American Institute for Economic Research ranks Columbus as the fourth best job destination for college grads in midsize metros. A strong economic climate is one of the main factors AIER cites for attracting a millennial workforce.

Having a bunch of Top Workplaces in central Ohio also keeps the local economy galloping along. If you love where you work, make sure to nominate your company of at least 50 employees for consideration as one of our 2017 Top Workplaces. Hurry! The nomination deadline is Aug. 26.