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COTA honored with Community Partner Award at Ninth Annual Short North Gala


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COLUMBUS, Ohio—On Sun., Apr. 26, the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) received the Short North
Arts District’s Community Partner Award at the Ninth Annual Short North Gala.
COTA was honored with the award for improving the quality of transit in and around the Short North Arts
District, for working to move the Columbus community forward through the NextGen planning effort, and for
launching the CBUS®
, a free circulator service. Curtis Stitt, COTA President/CEO, accepted the award.
“We’re honored by this recognition,” Stitt said. “We value our partnership with the Short North Alliance, the
businesses of the Short North Arts District and all our neighbors who have embraced the CBUS.”
In just under a year of operation, the CBUS has provided more than 500,000 trips through the Short North Arts
District, the Arena District, Downtown and the Brewery District.
Honorees of the Community Partner Award have deep collaborations with the Short North Arts District resulting
in significant advancement of the District success in commerce and quality of life.
The Short North Gala, held at the Hilton Columbus Downtown, celebrates and supports the artistry, diversity,
community, and spirit of the Short North Arts District in one deliciously unforgettable evening.

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