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Gambier Celebrates 43022 Day

What’s a town to do when the calendar coincides with its assigned zip code? In Gambier, that was a sign to have a celebration to mark the once in a century occurrence which happened on 4-30-22.

Kenyon College and Gambier collaborated to host a 43022 Day party on Middle Path that Saturday morning which included a parade, a planting, a poem and a proclamation.

The college bookstore had offered special shirts and other swag for sale and handed out free vouchers for the food trucks. Gambier gave away unique coffee mugs to the first 250 attendees and printed up commemorative postcards pictures of the Post Office circa 1940.

Councilmember Kaitlin Sockman designed the mugs and planned with Kenyon staff and students for the special day that also kicked off a redesign of downtown green space. Council President Morgan Giles planted a white dogwood tree at the northeast corner of the Post Office – a start of the revamp of the pocket park that lies between the Village Market and Post Office.

Council members Rakia Faber and Alison Furlong took the opportunity to poll residents’ views on “Reimagining Gaskin Ave”, one of the two downtown streets, on how to best include non-motorized traffic along the main artery.

Resident poet Royal Rhodes read the poem he created for the event. And no observance in Gambier would be complete without a proclamation from Mayor Leeman Kessler.

And with that, the parade stepped off and concluded the day’s scheduled events but villagers stayed downtown for food and fellowship for what most celebrants will witness once-in-a-lifetime: The day my Zip code and calendar were the same.

Welcome to the 108th ICMA Conference in Columbus

Welcome to the 108th ICMA Annual Conference

On behalf of the Ohio City/County Management Association and our Conference Host Committee, thank you for joining us in Columbus/Franklin County for the 108th Annual ICMA Conference. We’re thrilled you’re here!

Columbus is the 14th largest city in the country and the fastest-growing city in the Midwest. You’ll love exploring the place that is known as one of the nation’s most creative, innovative and up-and-coming destinations. Celebrated for its incredible arts, entertainment, fashion and culinary offerings, exciting collegiate and professional sports teams and spectacular sprawling green space on the Scioto Mile downtown riverfront, Columbus/Franklin County has something for everyone.

Our Host Committee Members, 300+ volunteers and Certified Tourism Ambassadors will be present throughout the convention center, host hotel lobbies and Downtown Columbus. If you have a question, need directions or are looking for a suggestion … this energetic and committed team is ready to assist.

We invite you to join us throughout the conference in the Host Committee Lounge, located in the main hallway, as we showcase some of the best that Columbus/Franklin County has to offer…and yes, of course, we’ll have coffee, tea and snacks too! Photos with Brutus Buckeye, performances by the West African Dance Institute, live aerosol art with Lance Johnson, and a visit from the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium’s animal ambassadors are among the attractions.

And at the Arnold Plaza, just outside the Convention Center’s main High Street doors, you’ll get a chance to leave a bit of yourself and take a piece of Columbus/Franklin County home with you. Be a part of the art, and help paint our signature “One with US” mural designed by local street artist Miss Birdy, customize a t-shirt with Franklinton Press or DIY a personalized leather keychain with Makers Social.

The Host Committee Lounge showcases, food, beverages and Arnold Plaza participatory activities are all compliments of our Ohio Host Committee Sponsors. We sincerely thank them and encourage you to acknowledge our sponsor signage in the Host Committee Lounge, the Arnold Plaza and on the back of this letter.

On behalf of Team Ohio…we are thankful the world made the choice to be one with US in 2022.

R. Thomas Homan, ICMA-CM Host Committee Co-chair
City of Delaware City Manager

Charlotte Colley
Host Committee Co-chair Miami County Administrator

Robert Fowler
OCMA President
City Manager, City of Norton