We live in a day and age that is all about connection. On a global level, two-thirds of the world's population are connected by mobile devices and more than half of the people on earth are now connected to the internet.

Technology advancements have turned dreams of doing business and developing relationships throughout the world into reality.

Dublin, Ohio, USA is a city that has wholeheartedly embraced making these global connections. Whether it be through becoming Friendship Cities with Mashiko, Japan, or Dublin, Ireland, or by providing the type of environment where a business can establish its global headquarters, we want to be active on the world stage.

At the same time, we realize the importance of fostering vital relationships we have closer to home. Dublin simply would not be the incredible place it is today without the connections that are in place throughout our community.

For example, our Downtown Dublin connections with the Convention & Visitors Bureau, Dublin Chamber of Commerce, Historic Dublin Business Association, Downtown Dublin Strategic Alliance, Bridge Park, Dublin Arts Council and the Dublin Historical Society have allowed our downtown to be featured in publications throughout the country and the world.

Downtown Dublin is attracting new businesses and residents while also being a positive factor in retaining our existing businesses.

Also, our connections with the many social service agencies and not-for-profit organizations in our region contribute to the quality of life of our residents.

Another example of our local connections can be seen through technology. We are collaborating with our partners at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, DriveOhio/ODOT, COTA, Columbus 2020 and the Council of Governments on projects such as autonomous vehicle testing, smart parking, mobility/ride-sharing, new apps for your smart phone and much more.

These connections will be the main point of emphasis in this year's State of the City address taking place Thursday, March 14, in The Exchange at Bridge Park.

I encourage you to attend in order to get a better understanding of the many exciting ways in which we are constantly establishing relationships to better serve you-our residents.

Connect with us on social media and at www.DublinOhioUSA.gov for the latest details about the event.

I hope to see you there and connect with you in person.

Dublin City Manager Dana McDaniel submitted the City Manager's Notes column.