Alex Fischer is the CEO of Columbus Partnership.
With the support of the Dentons Smart Cities & Communities Think Tank, PUF chose to honor Austin, Columbus, San Antonio, Spokane and suburban Birmingham as the Fortnightly Smartest Communities 2019.
PUF: What's your job and its connection to Columbus being arguably the smartest city or community in America?
Alex Fischer: I'm president and CEO of the Columbus Partnership, which is a group of seventy-five corporate CEOs who care passionately about their city, and we're their agents for change in the community.
We focus on economic prosperity and downtown redevelopment. We have a big economic development organization that we founded. There's still a part of us called Columbus 2020 that drives the economic development of the eleven-county area around Columbus and we get involved in most things, all with a mission of trying to make Columbus a better place.
PUF: It's a beautiful city and it's rapidly growing.