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Jay Knox

Research Manager


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Role and Responsibilities
Jay Knox joined the Columbus 2020 team in January 2011. As a research manager, Jay collects, manages and analyzes data in support of economic development initiatives and is responsible for providing economic analysis, conducting business research, managing data collection efforts and providing timely and accurate information to Columbus 2020 clients and regional partners.

Notable Projects
Jay plays a lead role in developing collateral such as the Columbus Region Factbook.

Past Experience
Graduate Research Assistant – The Ohio State University Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA).

Community Involvement
Jay is active with the Central Ohio GIS User Group and Ohio Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA). Jay represents the Columbus Chamber of Commerce as an appointed member of the City of Columbus Land Review Commission.

Master of Arts in geography, concentration from urban geography and GIS, The Ohio State University
Bachelor of Arts in geography and urban planning, Wittenberg University

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Why do you work in economic development?
Economic development is the intersection of geography and business. I love being able to use my skills in geography, maps, and spatial business intelligence to help make a difference in a community I have been part of all my life. Economic development is awesome in the fact that it brings together so many aspects of life and business. It is never boring, always changing and a fun, rewarding challenge.

Why do you live in the Columbus Region?
Columbus has always been home to my family. I love that Columbus is a large metropolitan area but still maintains that small town feel. There is something for everyone and you can do anything here you could do in any major city and more. If you feel the need to get away, the location makes it quick and easy to travel to other fun places. Columbus is made up of a close-knit community of people that are extremely hard-working but also know how to have fun.

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