You might have heard we're doing some fundraising around The Village.

You might have heard we're doing some fundraising around The Village.

We've set a goal of $100,000. That's a big number, but it only scratches the surface of the critical needs list we spent all last year putting together.

The effort is only JUST under way, but it is going phenomenally. I wanted to share with you pieces of the effort in a couple of upcoming columns, so standby for the full picture to emerge.

Today, I wanted to play on Columbus's recent designation as one of the world's top seven smartest cities.

If you missed that headline, here's the gist: The Intelligent Communities Forum has put Columbus on the list based on factors such as workforce development, access to broadband, digital inclusion and innovation.

Columbus is the only U.S. city on the list.

We believe fervently that German Village is a piece of that puzzle, and here's the belief statement I've shared with our potential corporate sponsors and partners as we start the effort to raise $100K:

"German Village is memorable for a thousand reasons, all of which are intimately personal to the individuals fortunate to visit the neighborhood. The sense of community is palpable, the architecture is beautiful, and the history is visible -- German Village is an incredible place to be.

"I think you'll find, if you go investigating, that many of your colleagues, associates, and leaders are -- or have been -- our residents.

"Our neighborhood, recognized by the red bricks the Society lovingly preserves, is a principal destination for recruits to our city. Once people visit us, they want to stay.

"We're happy to take credit for attracting young professionals and empty-nesters to Columbus, both of whom want to have an urban, vibrant and engaged lifestyle.

"You don't have to live here to benefit from German Village Society's work. We live this way -- and protect it with great passion -- because we understand that we have a neighborhood like no other in Columbus.

"We are a boon to all of Central Ohio -- driving tourism, investment, culture, and sense of place. The Society's work contributes to why our neighborhood is an exciting place to live, work, shop, and play.

"Your partnership with German Village Society helps us perpetuate and grow our preservation efforts in The Village so we may all continue to take advantage of this urban gem. We invite you to join us in our effort to further this mission.

"Thank you, again, for reviewing all of the incredible ways we can partner outlined in this packet. I look forward to seeing you in the Village soon."

I know YOU believe it -- you live here.

If you'd like to join our development team, or you think this is a partnership YOUR company would like to be a part of, please call me at the Meeting Haus.

I'd love to talk more about just how smart we are down here in The Village, and why we're a boon to all of Central Ohio.

German Village Society Director Shiloh Todorov submitted the Village notebook column.