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About Columbus 2020


In 2008, hundreds of civic-minded leaders came together to share bold aspirations for the future of the Columbus Region. They collaborated to create an unprecedented economic roadmap for the decade ahead—the Columbus 2020 Regional Growth Strategy.

Columbus 2020 was launched in 2010 to strengthen and diversify the economic base by:
  • Building existing assets
  • Attracting new investment
  • Creating new business opportunities
  • Continually improving the Columbus Region as a business destination

Who We Are


The 11-county Columbus Region has one of the largest and fastest growing economies in the United States. It takes a well-resourced team and a group of equally committed allies to accomplish all that needs to be done.

The Columbus 2020 team is comprised of 20 dedicated economic development professionals, and an impressive list of allied organizations help to move the Columbus 2020 Regional Growth Strategy forward.

Where We're Going


The Columbus 2020 Regional Growth Strategy sets out to achieve four ambitious goals by the year 2020:
  • Add 150,000 net new jobs
  • Generate $8 billion of capital investment
  • Raise personal per capita income by 30 percent
  • Earn recognition as a leader in economic development

Halfway into the 10-year plan, all goals are progressing ahead of schedule—and the Columbus Region is on pace to have the strongest decade of economic growth in its history.

JOB CREATION CAPITAL INVESTMENT PERSONAL PER CAPITA INCOME
Job creation in the Columbus Region Capital investment in the Columbus Region Personal per capital income in the Columbus Region
Goal: 150,000
Current: 116,107
Pace: 167,865

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Goal: $8 billion
Current: $7.6 billion
Pace: $10.7 billion

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Goal: 30 percent
Current: 21.5 percent
Pace: 47.6 percent

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As of December 2016
As of January 2017
As of 2015. Per capita income data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis lags approximately 18 months.

How We're Getting There


With state and local partners, the Columbus 2020 team works every day in order to:

Generate opportunity now
  • Help existing businesses expand and become more competitive
  • Attract investment from market-leading companies worldwide
  • Develop a distinct identity and brand that raises awareness of the Columbus Region as a business location
  • Accelerate startups and high-growth businesses by connecting them with local resources, venture networks and consumers
  • Identify economic development challenges and opportunities through customized, objective research

Build economic capacity for the future
  • Supply and train a talented workforce
  • Increase trade through export assistance and foreign investment
  • Advocate for public-private infrastructure that drives commerce
  • Support and attract high-growth, technology-driven companies
  • Promote continued growth of our manufacturing base

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Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

Over the past two decades, the Columbus Region has seen significant job growth and investment, with the Region benefiting from the relatively balanced structure of the area's economy. The latest economic recession introduced a sense of urgency to create a regional growth strategy for the Columbus metropolitan area. Learn more and read the full report here.







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