cbuzz: Amy Taylor, Columbus Downtown Development Corporation and Councilmember Nick Bankston: Downtown is Everybody’s Neighborhood

May 25th, 2023

Every day, Amy Taylor puts passion into practice as the President for the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation and Capitol South, where she has led the creation of city-changing projects in Downtown Columbus for more than 15 years, including Scioto Mile, Columbus Commons, the Scioto Greenways and the National Veterans Memorial and Museum. These developments have created green space and cultural attractions that revitalized the heart of Ohio’s capital city, catalyzing more than $400 million in private investments. 

Recently, Amy led the 2022-2032 Downtown Strategic Plan process, which generated a roadmap for the next 10 years of Downtown development. She also serves as project executive for The Peninsula mixed-use development, leading efforts of the public and private sectors to redevelopment this key area of downtown. 

Councilmember Nick Bankston is a dedicated public servant and thought leader on issues facing Columbus neighborhoods. He currently serves as President & CEO of Gladden Community House. At City Council, Councilmember Bankston chairs the Small & Minority Business, Technology and Economic Development committees. A proud graduate of East High School and The Ohio State University and a lifelong resident of Columbus, Councilmember Bankston is a champion for the people of Columbus and determined to make an impact in his community.

He has dedicated his career to public service – previously serving as the Project Manager of Neighborhood Transformation Strategies for the City of Columbus. In that role, Councilmember Bankston oversaw the City’s neighborhood revitalization planning and implementation efforts for Mayor Ginther’s priority neighborhoods, Linden and the Hilltop. This was a nearly $1 million project that created long-term, strategic and holistic community plans for the revitalization and redevelopment of these two neighborhoods focusing on both people and place, which has resulted in over $100 million in public and private investment.

To learn more about the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, visit www.columbusddc.com.

Tune in today as Amy Taylor and Councilmember Nick Bankston sit down with cbuzz host Mikaela Hunt to talk about downtown Columbus development and the future of the City of Columbus.

A note about cbuzz production: We are thrilled to be back recording episodes for our Central Ohio community. Stay tuned for new episodes, which will share the stories of some of our best and brightest Columbus Chamber members. Thank you to our listeners for their patience and understanding as we worked to establish a virtual recording setup. You can learn about Capital University here and learn more about cbuzz host Mikaela Hunt here.

Cbuzz is the Columbus Chamber of Commerce’s business-focused podcast and was named Best Business Podcast in 2019 by the Columbus Podcast Awards. The show is produced in partnership with Capital University and its students, and the show is hosted by Mikaela Hunt, brand journalist and storyteller.