I promised you Part 2 in my three-part series on our fundraising reasons and goals. I know you have sat at your doorstep every since -- RIVETED for the next edition of the paper.

I promised you Part 2 in my three-part series on our fundraising reasons and goals. I know you have sat at your doorstep every since -- RIVETED for the next edition of the paper.

Today I'll present you with some more about why we really do think German Village is kind of a unique place in Columbus.

And a reminder -- the German Village Society has set a goal to raise $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.

Next week, in Part 3, I'm sharing that list. Stay tuned.

Last week, I wrote about the Village's role in helping Columbus win designation as one of the world's top seven smartest cities. I shared the message we've used to engage Columbus corporations.

Today's message is partly aimed at you. Because we need your help to keep this neighborhood great -- and for us, a big piece of fundraising is asking you to be members.

Your membership dollars can help shape the neighborhood.

So here's my message to both you and your company:

Name the top five places you tell clients, friends and family about when they ask about Columbus' charms.

You list the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, Ohio Stadium, Franklin Park Conservatory, Short North and of course, German Village.

Only one is a dynamic neighborhood where the whole central Ohio region can live, work, shop, and play.

Only one combines old-world architecture with nationally rated shops and restaurants in a pedestrian-friendly streetscape just begging you to explore.

With the country's fifth-highest concentration of Fortune 500 companies and thousands of small businesses, Columbus needs ways to attract and KEEP the young leaders your business employs and serves.

Census numbers show that Columbus' young, urban professionals are attracted to German Village (yep, that's you). Investing in German Village means you are investing in your own future.

There is no doubt that either your company's top talent or prime customer (both YOU, again) is wooed by Columbus in our restaurants, buys property in our 233-acre historic footprint, enjoys free Shakespeare in Schiller Park and attends at least one of our half-dozen Signature Events each year -- from Haus und Garten Tour to Village Lights.

Columbus thrives and continues to attract your associates or patrons when German Village thrives.

These old bricks lay the foundation for pride of place every resident of Central Ohio embraces.

What else makes us special?

* More than 65 percent of residents have a bachelor's degree or higher (25 percent have master's or professional degrees)

* 25 percent of residents make $100,000-plus per year.

* More than 35 percent of homes are valued between $300,000 and $1 million.

* 6,213 RESIDENTS are 18 years old and older and more than 2,600 20 to 34.

* Travel site Fodors.com lists German Village as a Top 3 "Fodor's Choice" pick.

We are a 2011 designee as one of the country's "10 Great Neighborhoods" as recognized by the American Planning Association.

We are one of the New York Times' top real estate markets for pedestrian-friendly, urban neighborhoods.

The German Village Society supports all of the things you love about German Village.

Membership funds help the Society protect and shape the future of this one-and-only Columbus neighborhood.

Be part of our cause and part of our campaign. It's as easy as picking up the phone or visiting our website.

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