"Expo 2050" Task Force to Examine Future of Ohio Expo Center

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced the formation of a task force, to examine the future of the Ohio Expo Center, and the surrounding state property.

DeWine took in a meeting of the Ohio Exposition Commission Thursday, and made the announcement for the "Expo 2050" to see how the grounds can be improved, not only at the fairgrounds, but the current Mapfre Stadium and the Ohio History Connection.

The committee includes dignitaries from both the state of Ohio and the city of Columbus, as well as officials with the All-American Quarter-Horse Congress and the Arnold Sports Festival, large events that utilize the expo center.

Committee members are asked to attend events at the expo center year-round, and come back with their ideas, including the Quarter-Horse Congress and a Columbus Crew Soccer game at Mapfre Stadium.

It is co-chaired by former State Representative Mike Curtain, and Director of the Ohio Development Services Agency, Lydia Mihalik.

Other members of the committee include Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin, Executive Director of the Ohio History Connection, Burt Logan, and Ohio Expo Center General manager Virgil Strickler.

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