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Columbus is Smart and Vibrant

• Columbus is taking a fresh approach to learning. The Community Education Coalition (CEC) is a nationally recognized partnership of education, business and community leaders focused on aligning and integrating the region's community learning system with economic growth and a high quality of life. Collectively, between the public and private sectors, the Columbus area has invested more than $130 million in its learning systems in just the last several years. Find out more:

• Economic Opportunities 2015 (EcO15) is an ambitious effort building upon Southeastern Indiana’s economic growth areas, which include Advanced Manufacturing, Healthcare Services and Hospitality/Tourism. Impressed by the learning model the City of Columbus was creating, officials from Lilly Endowment Inc. provided $38 million in grants that will support the initiative, which seeks to create a truly regional system of life-long learning. The vision of the project is to connect the residents of 10 counties within Southeast Indiana through education to better economic opportunities by the year 2015. The project seeks to move residents up one level in their education, training and/or job placement, coordinate and align a regional system by

connecting the dots, and be a catalyst for regional leadership. Find out more:

• Columbus was the first city in the U.S. to adopt the New Tech Project-Based-Learning Model across all educational levels including K-12, middle school and high school. Called the Columbus Signature Academy, it’s mission is to re-invent teaching and learning for the 21st Century by offering a model of team-centered, project-based learning conducted in a technology-rich environment.

Significant Economic Clusters within Columbus:

• Advanced Manufacturing
• Automotive Engine Manufacturing
• Automotive Parts
• Precision Engineering and Design
• Fabricated Metals Manufacturing
• Precision Tooling and Molds
• Emissions and Controls
• Embedded Systems
• Agriculture and Agri-Business
• Financial and Business Services
• Regional Health Services and Healthcare
• Education and Knowledge Creation

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