Beginning in January, the CMC is launching a remote broadcast program so suburban professionals can also take part in the weekly forums.

One of the chief benefits of working in Downtown's central business district is the ability to drop by the Athletic Club of Columbus for lunch forum discussions hosted by the Columbus Metropolitan Club.

Beginning in January, the CMC is launching a remote broadcast program so suburban professionals can also take part in the weekly forums. CMC's MetroCAST pilot program will replicate the forum experience, complete with networking, a hot lunch and the speakers' presentations streaming live.

"We are developing MetroCAST, at least in part, in response to many comments over the years: 'We love your programming, but just can't take the time it takes to come Downtown,'" says CMC President and CEO Jane Scott.

"The ultimate goal is to expand our ability to fulfill our mission of connecting people and ideas through community conversation through the use of technology," says Scott. The CMC has been hosting forums with business and civic leaders since its founding.

Easton-based IT firm Improving Enterprises will host the MetroCASTs throughout 2015. Attendees will participate in the Q&A portion of the forum by submitting questions to the Athletic Club homebase via Twitter, email or telephone. Smith hopes an average of 50 people will attend the satellite forums every week.

Three to four more satellite locations will host MetroCASTs as the concept develops. "In addition, we anticipate adding to our audiences for any special Downtown events we might do in our 40th anniversary year (in) 2016," adds Scott.