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Columbus is not only the State capitol of Ohio, it is also the largest city in the state and the 15th largest city in the US. While many cities in Ohio have been impacted by the economy, Columbus has continued to grow.   The city has a diverse economy based on education, government, insurance, banking, fashion, defense, aviation, food, clothes, logistics, steel, energy, medical research, health care, hospitality, retail, and technology.  Columbus is the headquarters for several Fortune 500 corporations such as Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, American Electric Power, L Brands (The Limited and affiliated retail companies), and Big Lots. Cardinal Health, Wendy's, and White Castle are also based in the Columbus metropolitan area. Columbus is home to the Battelle Memorial Institute, the world's largest private research and development foundation; Chemical Abstracts Service, the world's largest clearinghouse of chemical information; NetJets, the world's largest fractional ownership jet aircraft fleet; and The Ohio State University, one of the largest universities in the United States.

Like many cities, Columbus is a city of neighborhoods. For example, Short North (which is minutes away from OSUWMC) is a thriving cultural and arts district. In 2012, the New York Times described Short North as, “…the premier arts district in the nation.” German Village is a historic district located just south of downtown Columbus. The American Planning Association is among the organizations that have recognized German Village as one of America’s 10 Best Neighborhoods.

Columbus offers an art museum, gallery walks, farmer’s markets, music, sports, dining and much more. And, of course, there’s the Columbus Zoo! To learn more about the city, the Experience Columbus website is a resource worth exploring.