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• Columbus, Indiana, has hundreds of acres in a city park system ranked number one in the U.S. by the National Recreation and Park Association for cities of its size. Parks featured facilities include an ice-skating rink, a skateboard park, an observation tower, to the more typical—yet fun—activities such as fishing, walking, hiking and biking.

• What’s more, there are more than 20 miles of people trails that encompass the city.

• Columbus won the highly competitive 2006 America in Bloom national competition. Eight core categories were judged, such as heritage, urban forestry and floral displays. Columbus ranked “Best of the Best” for landscape design, citing Irwin Gardens, national landscape design awards and the city’s park and trail system.

• Columbus is just minutes away from Brown County State Park—Indiana's largest state park. Millions of people visit Brown County State Park each year. They camp, hike, swim, fish, ride horseback, picnic and enjoy the natural beauty of the park located in the rolling hills of southern Indiana.

Columbus has Built a World-Class City that is:

• Safe: Ranked as one of the U.S.’s safest metropolitan areas (Ranked 11th out of 344 metro areas) by America’s Safest Cities.

• Playful: Selected as one of the Ten Most Playful Towns in America by Nick Jr. Family Magazine.

• Nurturing: Bartholomew County was named one of 2007’s 100 Best Communities for Young People by America’s Promise. The award recognizes communities that provide children with exposure to caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, an effective education and opportunities to help others.

• Aesthetically Beautiful: Columbus, Indiana, is ranked sixth nationally for architectural innovation and design by the American Institute of Architects. The list also includes Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Boston and Washington, D.C.

• Full of Authentic Cultural Assets: In 2008, Columbus was named as the best Historic Place in the U.S. by National Geographic Traveler Magazine.

• Global: The Wall Street Journal called Columbus “an export powerhouse” after it grew its exports at one of the fastest rates in the United States.

• Entrepreneurial: Columbus was named as one of the “Best Places to Live and Launch” a business by Fortune Small Business Magazine.

• Productive: Columbus was ranked as the top metro area for job growth in the State of Indiana. It has a broad array of employment opportunities that are high-tech, high-concept, high-production and high-touch.

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