Why Columbus?

Nestled along the banks of the Scioto River, Columbus is a friendly, fast-growing city that boasts the variety, excitement, and culture one would expect from a major metropolitan area, but with the atmosphere of small-town life.

In fact, Columbus is the 14th largest city in the United States and bigger in population than San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, Boston, Nashville, Las Vegas, Detroit, Portland, Baltimore, Atlanta, Miami, Minneapolis, and many other cities considered major.

Columbus is within 3 hours driving time of Cincinnati and Cleveland, OH, Pittsburg, PA, Detroit, MI, Indianapolis, IN, Lexington, and Louisville KY. It is 5-6 hours driving distance to Chicago, IL, Buffalo, NY, and Nashville, TN. All very pertinent printing markets.

Columbus is less than a two -hour flight from New York City and all eastern cities, as well as Atlanta and most southern major cities, and St Louis and Kansa City in the Midwest.

Home to The Ohio State University, the largest on campus university in the country with the largest alumni association in the world, hundreds of thousands of people nationally and internationally visit or relocate to Columbus because of OSU.

Columbus is a major business mecca being home to Huntington Bank, Limited Brands, Nationwide, Safe Auto, and Safelight Insurance companies and countless other national brands. Columbus is also the national test market for many more companies like Pepsi, Harley Davidson, Wendy’s, Cameron Mitchell and numerous other restaurants.

World renowned chip manufacturer Intel and the state of Ohio just announced a $20billion dollar agreement to build two new leading-edge chip factories in the Columbus area. Which is estimated to add 10,000 new jobs to the market.

Enjoy All Columbus Has to Offer While You're Here

When the sun goes down, the nightlife sizzles in local districts like German Village, Short North, the Brewery District, and the Arena District. While you’re visiting, be sure to sample local beers, stroll down High Street to Short North’s galleries, restaurants, and shops; or catch a MiLB Columbus Clippers game at Huntington Park.

With over 120 restaurants nearby, Columbus offers an outstanding culinary experience, with creative chefs and locally grown, organic food options.

The Columbus Distillery Tour opens in early 2022 where seven local distilleries will showcase their creations of spirits with a local twist. If you complete the digital passport, you’ll win an awesome prize.

Columbus is also home to the 145-year-old vibrant public North Market. There you’ll find some of Ohio’s best independent merchants, farmers, and makers. Here you’ll also find three other food halls, Budd Dairy, East Market and Bubbly Hall (which opens soon).

If you’re more of an outdoor enthusiast, Columbus offers over 20 stunning metro parks.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Learn more about all Columbus has to offer at Experience Columbus. Be sure to check out their article showcasing the 22 Reasons to Visit Columbus in 2022.

The Greater Columbus Convention Center

The Greater Columbus Convention Center, GCCC is a 375,000 square foot, non-union facility. The Center is home to numerous large events including the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic, which attracts more than 22,000 athletes and tens of thousands of attendees annually.  Within very close proximity to the convention center are a host of shopping, dining, and entertainment venues as well as outdoor activities. For example, Easton Town Center is the Midwest’s premier shopping, dining, and entertainment destination with open-air town squares, fountains, and parks.  German Village, a historic neighborhood, is one of the largest, privately funded historic districts in the U.S.

The exhibitor-friendly Greater Columbus Convention Center is over 1.8 million square feet with 447,000 dedicated to exhibit space. The convention center also features:

  • 6 parking facilities with 4,700 onsite parking spaces
  • Spacious atriums with elegant flooring
  • Decorative lighting and colorful node walls in the concourse
  • 35 loading docks
  • South Café & Marketplace featuring quick-service dining, specialty shops and services
  • Free-standing nursing mother’s room
  • Energy-saving fixtures in restrooms and LED lighting in exhibit halls

Perfectly located, it is:

  • Near the Short North, a vibrant and eclectic part of Columbus featuring many eateries, cafes, and nightspots
  • Only minutes from John Glenn Columbus International Airport, with AirConnect shuttle stop
  • Connected to five hotels by enclosed sky bridges
  • Conveniently located within one-day’s drive or a 90-minute flight of the majority of the U.S.