This Can't Wait: Valuable Winners!

Mary Yost

Throw the old studies out the window. After leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA Championship Sunday night, LeBron James' economic impact on the city of Cleveland must be multiples of the previous $500 million estimates. Linda Logan of the Greater Columbus Sports Commissionknows sports can do great things for a city.

So can world-class libraries boost a city, as visitors will attest during the grand opening Saturday of the renovated Main Library, part of the $130 millionColumbus Metropolitan Library campaign to improve libraries throughout the city. No wonder Director Patrick Losinski was one of our CEOs of the Year last year.

Festivals are good for a city, too, and this weekend's ComFest is a great example, as is the following weekend's July Gallery Hop.

To make ComFest even more of a win, take COTA or bike to the Community Festival in Goodale Park. Yay Bikes! will operate a bike corral for those who want to use Columbus' new Downtown bike lanes or other routes to cycle to ComFest. COTA offers expanded service Friday through Sunday also.

Download the COTA Real-Time Transit App for COTA real-time mobile help. And if that appeals to you, you're probably one of 73 percent of Columbus residents who say mobile tools help them organize their lives, according to a new study from Chase. Columbus residents-like the national respondents to the Chase survey-would be more upset about losing their cell phone than their wedding ring, birth certificate or family heirlooms.

However you get to all the winning events around town, enter the Commuter Challenge by June 30 for a chance to win $500 in prizes. MORPC RideSolutions, COTA, CoGo and car2go are behind the prize-winning push for alternative transportation.

Short North festivals aren't the only winners adding to excitement in and near Downtown. The opening this fall of the new Hotel LeVeque and a proposed new mixed-use development in Franklinton are two winning projects of Kaufman Development. See more commercial real estate development when the July issue of Columbus CEO delivers this weekend.

And if you'd like to have your food delivered, options are expanding. Columbus' Café Courier is one of several restaurant delivery services across the country now part of ZIPDISH.