Panelists Discuss Redevelopment of Waterfront Neighborhoods

Redevelopment of the Scioto riverfront has been a focus of Columbus’s 2010 Downtown Strategic Plan and really gained traction since the opening of the Scioto Greenways in 2015. Recent groundbreakings in the Scioto Peninsula and Franklinton neighborhood continue to fuel those placemaking efforts. Keynote panelists at DesignColumbus 2017 represent major project stakeholders who will discuss current and upcoming development in the area, as well as share insights on the planning process. Highlighted will be two major ongoing projects: the National Veterans Memorial & Museum and COSI (Center of Science and Industry).

Introduction by

Mahesh Ramanujam sqMahesh Ramanujam
President / CEO

Mahesh Ramanujam is president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI). He graduated from India’s Annamalai University with a degree in Computer Engineering. Before becoming President and CEO, Mahesh served as USGBC’s chief operating officer, and before that he served as USGBC’s chief information officer. Prior to joining GBCI in 2009, Mahesh was COO of Emergys Corp., a business technology-consulting firm that leverages emerging technologies to deliver business transformation to its clients. Ramanujam currently sits on the Advisory Council of the International WELL Building Institute, and the Board of Directors of GRESB, a private, Netherlands-based industry-driven organization, wholly owned by GBCI.



Steven Schoeny sqSteven Schoeny
Director of Development
City of Columbus

Steven R. Schoeny joined the City after serving as a principal with Ice Miller Whiteboard, a consulting group that provides growth and development strategies to corporations, organizations and state and local governments. Schoeny worked as director of the Strategic Business Investment Division of the Ohio Department of Development from 2006 to 2010. Prior to that, he worked for the Ohio Department of Development International Trade Division from 1997 to 2005, Economic Consulting Services Inc. from 1995 to 1997 and the Institute for International Economics from 1994 to 1995.



Guy Worley sqGuy Worley
President/  CEO

Guy Worley has more than 25 years of leadership, management, and financial experience. Since January 2007, he has served as President/Chief Executive Officer of the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) and Capitol South Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation. In this role, Mr. Worley is focused on the redevelopment and revitalization of Downtown Columbus, Ohio. Previously, Mr. Worley served as Chief of Staff for Mayor Michael B. Coleman in Columbus, Ohio.



Frederic Bertley sqFrederic Bertley
President / CEO

As President and CEO of COSI, Dr. Frederic Bertley is shepherding the leading Central Ohio Science Center to its next great iteration in a legacy of successful science center history. Prior to being  resident and CEO of COSI, Dr. Bertley was the Senior Vice President for Science and Education where he oversaw a diverse portfolio of initiatives supporting innovation in STEM learning, the partnership with Science Leadership Academy (SLA), The Color of Science, international STEM programs and departments that capture the history and legacy of The Franklin Institute such as the Benjamin Franklin Awards Program.

Sit down lunch will be during keynote at noon.

  • 1 AIA LU/HSW and 1 GBCI CEU