GREATER COLUMBUS CONVENTION CENTER JOINS GO LIVE TOGETHER COALITION TO PROTECT TRADE SHOW AND LIVE EVENTS INDUSTRY

(Columbus, April 23, 2020) – The Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC) is part of the network of venues managed by ASM Global that announced its support as a founding partner of Go LIVE Together.

This new coalition of 80 founding partners—representing more than 4,000 companies with U.S. operations—joined forces to support legislative actions that will aid the industry’s recovery from COVID-19. The coalition is bound together by the belief that nothing in the world will ever replace the power and need for trade shows and live events.

“Our facility alone hosts about 350 events annually and the affiliated hospitality industry is responsible for one in 12 jobs locally,” said GCCC General Manager John R. Page. “The events industry is a huge and vital economic engine for our community.”

Events serve as a massive incubator for innovation and economic growth. Advocating for recovery funding will be essential – not only to the events industry – but to the healing and recovery efforts of the global economy.

  • Live events contribute nearly $1 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, with events touching every major sector of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product.
  • In 2019, the events industry employed 3 million workers directly, with a total impact of close to 7 million jobs.
  • The live events industry employs millions of union workers, general laborers, strategists, marketers, concession stand workers, entertainers, riggers, project managers and more.
  • More than 80 percent of the companies that serve the live events industry are small, with many being women and minority-owned businesses.

Please join our efforts in advocating for what we all already know to be true — nothing in the world will ever replace the power and the need for live events.

Let’s Go LIVE Together!

About Go LIVE Together

Go LIVE Together, in partnership with Freeman, the global live events company, comprises a coalition of 80 founding partners representing over 4,000 companies with operations in the U.S. and 112 other countries. The coalition has assembled to ensure that, when the health crisis is over, the voices and concerns of the live events industry are addressed in local, state, and federal recovery funding related to COVID-19. The live events industry is a diverse, valuable and vibrant ecosystem that contributes nearly $1 trillion to the U.S. economy and employs millions of workers. Visit www.golivetogether.com to learn more and support this initiative. Engage with us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn using #GoLiveTogether.

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  • COVID-19
    The Greater Columbus Convention Center will reopen for business on June 1. In compliance with the Governor of Ohio’s order regarding mass gatherings, the Greater Columbus Convention Center and its administrative offices within the building are temporarily closed. More

    Associates will be working from home to assist you in booking space for your next event and responding to parking and general inquiries.

    Please call 614/827-2500 and follow the prompts to direct your call accordingly.

    Thank you for your patience during this time period. We will continue to do our very best to serve you!

    The Greater Columbus Convention Center Team

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