I came here for Bank One, I worked there for six or seven years, went to 5th/3rd, went back to Chase. The employment situation has been strong here. It didn’t feel like I had to move to support the family. That’s been a real benefit of being in Columbus. It’s a strong employment market. A lot of different types of jobs for banking and government, IT. The suburbs are probably more weighted towards the upper middle class, not as much diversity.
Another thing I like we are incorporating more of the Hispanic, Somalian, Filipino kids in schools. It’s a pretty laid back, welcoming culture to a lot of different types of cultures. It’s good for international growth and I think it makes the city stronger and more open minded when you’ve got more points of view to consider when you want to do something, more voices that have a say, it’s better for the whole community. Thinking about places where there’s just a family or a handful of people that have been the elite forever and they’re always going to have the governing say. People don’t want to stay in places like that.
It’s pretty laid back. People are very supportive in schools. People really care about the community. There’s a lot of opportunity for people to get involved. I think that’s true in Columbus, too. Whatever passions you have, you can find a way to make a difference. I was on the Uptown Review Board in Westerville. We have a historic downtown. For years I was on the board to make sure that the historic elements in the architecture were maintained. I was the chairman for two years. I was a baseball coach, basketball coach. I play in the worship band now. There’s great opportunities to get involved. It’s not so big that there’s not opportunities for people. You don’t have to be an expert or a virtuoso to play and be a part of the community.