The City of Columbus has earned top recognition from Ball State University’s Building Better Communities for the development of the Columbus Arts District.
Building Better Communities is Ball State’s outreach and engagement division. This is the first year the division has presented the Primacy of Place Community Award, which recognizes communities for exceptional initiatives that have made them better places to live, visit and do business.
Columbus was selected for the award from among 22 entries by communities in 18 counties. The Columbus Arts District, which includes more than 360 arts programs and cultural assets, was the result of extensive planning and public input, which was gathered through more than a year of town hall meetings, surveys and workshops. Estimates have placed the district’s annual economic impact at $214.5 million. The city says one of the area’s main purposes is to help attract and retain a diverse base of talented people to encourage continued economic growth.