Ohio’s capital, Columbus, is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. The forward-thinking momentum that brought Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and L. Brands (Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works) to town is reflected in the meetings infrastructure, including the recently expanded, 1.8 million-square-foot Greater Columbus Convention Center.

This art-forward building features As We Are, an interactive sculpture that displays visitor faces larger than life and the colorful “gallerage,” a parking structure filled with art. Experience Columbus President and CEO Brian Ross reported at a recent gathering in town of almost 5,500 ASAE attendees that more than 1,000 hotel rooms are in the pipeline in the “progressive, diverse and welcoming” city.