This Can't Wait: Collaboration

Mary Yost

It's exciting to see so many ways that collaboration plays out in and around Columbus, with new examples cropping up weekly. Capital University's new Convergent Media Center is one to watch. The center will rise from the site of the former Loy Gymnasium and Auditorium and is projected to be ready for the 2016-17 school year. In it, students will learn to collaborate between various media disciplines and technologies.

Business owners in the Short North Arts District are collaborating later this week to offer their annual Summer Sale. Over 50 businesses will participate in eight days of great deals beginning this Friday and running through Aug. 1, with the best bargains slated for a sidewalk sale from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 25.

Collaboration is also powerful among an electrical contracting industry consortium joining forces to boost central Ohio economic development. Power Connect is an initiative of nearly 50 electrical contracting firms with 1,400 electricians and technicians. The new nonprofit is working with Columbus 2020 and others to advocate for local development and advise expanding companies on new energy technologies, among other activities.

Another new source for collaborative energy is the Bottoms Up Coffee Co-Op at 1069 W. Broad St. in Franklinton. No doubt Franklinton is a creative community, as profiled in our June issue. The space planned for this location may appeal to those whose creative juices are fueled by co-working environments, and by coffee!

Speaking of co-ops, Ohio's only health insurance cooperative, Westerville-based InHealth Mutual, is soliciting its members for nominations for five new operational board seats to be filled in 2016. Nominations are due by Aug. 31. Nominees must be co-op members and at least 18.

Let me know other ways you see Columbus businesses and organizations playing well with others. After all, collaboration is the Columbus Way.