If you've ever played kickball on the Statehouse lawn or bought fresh tomatoes from Pearl Market, you owe thanks to Kacey Campbell. She helps organize special events through Capital Crossroads, a group seeking to improve the image of Downtown by making it fun, vibrant and safe.

If you've ever played kickball on the Statehouse lawn or bought fresh tomatoes from Pearl Market, you owe thanks to Kacey Campbell. She helps organize special events through Capital Crossroads, a group seeking to improve the image of Downtown by making it fun, vibrant and safe.

Name: Kacey Campbell

Age: 27

Job: Project coordinator, Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District

Web: downtowncolumbus.com

Home neighborhood: Short North

Hometown: Worthington

Alma mater: University of Vermont

Capital Crossroads works to celebrate the character that you find Downtown. Our special events include the Pearl Market and kickball. Then we do a concert series, Downtown Live, on Thursday evenings. We also started a bowling league this year. We did the skating rink a couple years ago.

One thing I'd like to see Downtown is an event during the wintertime. I think there is potential for holiday stuff. It could be a skating rink, a cute little outdoor market with our sister city in Germany, horse rides, sweet window fills in some of the vacant spaces.

We're always looking to meet smart, get-it-done people. We don't necessarily have the time or the brains to come up with the great ideas, but if it helps to make Downtown cool, attractive, clean, safe and fun, we want to be a part of it.

I love being outside, being out in nature, hiking and biking. I went to school in Vermont and then lived out in Colorado for a while in a tiny ski town called Crested Butte.

When you come into Crested Butte, it looks like Whoville in The Grinch. It's a town of about 2,000 year-round residents. They have what they call the most extreme terrain that's lift-served. It's just a little cluster or towns. They've got one main street: Elk Avenue.

The house I lived in was kind of like the mountain version of Friends. There were six of us from college that moved out there. We were lift operators and servers and just did whatever we could to get the free ski pass and make it work.

I played soccer for the University of Vermont. Outside midfield, left side. We were Division I, in the America East Conference, and we almost made it to the tournament one year. We got to travel a lot, met a lot of cool people.

In high school, I was one of those people who said that I wanted to get as far away from Columbus as possible. I'd never live in Columbus. I'd never be back here. Now I'm back and I love it.

The reason I came back was breaking up with a boyfriend and having to start over. The boyfriend was from Crested Butte. I moved in with my parents for a little bit, then got a place in the Short North.

One thing I really value about Columbus is the relationships I have. Having grown up here, I know a lot of people. What I love about working Downtown is that I'm always bumping into people. Columbus is very much a community, and to me, it feels laid-back.

My biggest pet peeve is when people keep the windshield wiper on and there's no water on the windshield. It makes that "rrrrkk" noise. It just drives me nuts.

The best advice I've ever received comes from a good family friend. She's always been a mentor to me. One piece of advice that's sticking out to me is, "Don't be an ass." It comes back to benefit you if you are nice.