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Columbus mayor will address summer graduates

Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman will speak at Ohio State’s summer quarter commencement, which begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday, August 29, at the Jerome Schottenstein Center. About 1,800 students will receive degrees during the ceremony.

Coleman, who is serving his third term as mayor of Columbus, earned an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Cincinnati and a law degree from the University of Dayton in 1980.

Since taking office in 2000, his focus has been to improve the quality of life for families in Columbus neighborhoods and to create jobs by continuing to improve Columbus’ high quality of life.

The City of Columbus and The Ohio State University have joined forces on a number of projects over the last ten years to improve safety and services in the University District – the city neighborhood closest to campus where thousands of students live. Those include the Moody/Hall Neighborhood Policing Center; 150 new streetlights; the Joint Patrol Project, where an Ohio State University Police officer works in tandem with a Columbus Police officer to patrol the University District and campus; and university assistance in funding refuse collection in the University District.

He has leveraged incentives to create and retain more than 65,000 jobs and bring more than $4.5 billion in private investment to Columbus throughout his tenure. Businesses have access to an educated workforce including graduates from The Ohio State University and 17 other regional colleges and universities. Columbus is centrally located to national markets and a growing transportation, distribution and logistics hub.

Columbus is the 16th largest city in the country. Under Mayor Coleman’s leadership, the city has been recognized and ranked among the best in the nation. RelocateAmerica calls Columbus one of the 10 best large cites and one of the 10 most affordable metro areas. It was recognized as the nation’s 8th best place to live by CNN and Money magazine, which also declared Columbus as the nation’s safest big city. Forbes Magazine has recognized Columbus as the top up-and-coming tech city and the top city in which to retire. Columbus regularly makes top rankings as a hot destination for relocation of businesses: In December of 2008 it was ranked as the 7th best metro area for business by WSJ MarketWatch; in June 2008 it was ranked the 7th best city for high-impact companies by the U.S. Small Business Administration; it was ranked as the 3rd “Big City of the Future” by fDi Magazine and the 4th “most business friendly.” In addition, Columbus continues to earn top rankings for its stable housing market, affordability, and as a top city for African-Americans, young professionals, and members of the GLBT community.

Mayor Coleman’s complete biography is available here: http://mayor.columbus.gov/biography.aspx?id=1456&menu_id=442