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Science and Technology in the Columbus Region


A large, educated workforce, combined with superior research capabilities and a strong corporate foundation, has allowed Central Ohio to become one of the fastest growing innovation and technology hubs in the nation.

The sector’s dynamic industries include manufacturing, automotive, bioscience and biotechnology, food and beverage, Information Technology, big data, and agriculture.


2,100

 

61,000

science and technology establishments   employed in science and technology occupations

Columbus ranks as the

No. 3 city for tech jobs

-Forbes

No. 8 city for tech job growth

-Praxis Strategy Group

 

Notable Science and Technology Employers


NOTABLE SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY EMPLOYERS

COMPANY OPERATIONS EMPLOYMENT
Honda of America Mfg., Inc. Automotive R&D 10,701
Alliance Data Retail Services Information Technology; Big Data 3,100
Abbott Nutrition Bioscience and Biotechnology 2,055
Boehringer Ingelheim Roxane Laboratories Bioscience and Biotechnology 1,350
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company Agbioscience R&D 1,301
Ashland Inc. Bioscience and Biotechnology 971
IBM Information Technology; Big Data 671
DuPont Bioscience and Biotechnology 570
Hexion inc. Bioscience and Biotechnology 535
Nestle USA Food and Beverage R&D 405

Source: Columbus 2020; Columbus Business First, Book of Lists 2013; Local economic development agencies


Resources


Battelle
From the M&M candy coating that melts in your mouth, not your hand, to the next generation of cybersecurity, Battelle is consistently at the forefront of research and development. Battelle manages the world’s leading national laboratories and maintains a contract research portfolio spanning consumer and industrial, energy and environment, health and pharmaceutical and national security.

The Ohio State University
The Ohio State University ranks No. 3 among all U.S. universities in industry-sponsored research and is actively engaged in more than 340 industry partnerships with Ohio companies. In 2013, Ohio State spent $967 million in research.

The university's 60-plus research labs and centers include the Center for Automotive Research, Center for Emergent Materials, Information Processing Systems Laboratory, Institute for Materials Research and Ohio Manufacturing Institute.

Ohio State is also home to several agricultural and biological science research centers, including:
  • The Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, home to researchers of every discipline touching on agriculture, with focus areas of advanced bioenergy and biobased products, environmental quality and sustainability, and food security, production and human health
  • The Ohio Bioproducts Innovation Center, which helps to accelerate the commercialization of new sustainable bioproduct technologies and enhance Ohio’s economic growth
  • The Wilbur A. Gould Food Industries Center, which provides food industry companies, the Department of Food Science and Technology, and related institutions with technical and scientific services through education, research and product development

IBM Client Center: Analytics Solutions Lab
The IBM Client Center: Analytics Solutions Lab is IBM’s first dedicated advanced analytics center. The center’s principal mission is to design, build, implement and support differentiated advanced analytics solutions.

IBM’s decision to make Columbus its North American hub for not only big data analytics but development work around a host of related products including Watson, the cloud, its Smarter Commerce analytics initiative, and contact center and enterprise content management offerings, has put Columbus firmly on the big data map.
   -Data Informed
Dozens of resources for entrepreneurs and startups exist to accelerate the development of ideas into companies and companies into engines of job creation and technology investment.

Read more about the major research institutions in the Columbus Region.

Science and Technology Business Advantages


The Columbus Region is home to a competitive tax structure, and Ohio is ranked No. 10 for lowest effective tax rate on new research and development companies and No. 3 on new operations overall.

Additionally, the Columbus Region offers greater value for space than peer metros.

AVERAGE ASKING RENT FOR TECH/R&D SPACE
METRO PER SQ FT PER SQ M
Columbus $5.51 $59.31
Indianapolis $6.51 $70.08
Seattle $6.55 $70.51
Chicago $8.49 $91.39
Austin $10.68 $114.96
Raleigh $10.82 $116.47
Boston $12.11 $130.36
Pittsburgh $12.17 $131.00
Washington, D.C. $13.29 $143.06
San Francisco $25.32 $272.55

Source: Colliers International, Q3 2014; Cushman & Wakefield, Q3 2014


Workforce and Education


"The feeder system from the university to the lab made a huge difference when choosing our next location. Being able to pull prospective employees from OSU made the decision to open in Columbus that much easier."
   -Jeff Carpenter, Food Safety Net Services
Some of the nation’s top science and technology programs are at the Columbus Region’s 63 college and university campuses. One of these programs at The Ohio State University, offers a biological/agricultural engineering program ranked among the top 10 nationwide.
 
Career and technical schools offer world-class vocational training in IT, medicine, and research and development, giving Columbus Region technology companies direct access to a skilled workforce. RAMTEC, for one, is working to become the robot capital of the world and graduated the nation's first high school students with FANUC certification.
 
"Columbus has a highly skilled workforce that we tap into, but Columbus’ reputation as a great place to live and raise a family also increasingly has helped us recruit employees to relocate here from other parts of the country when we need to."
   -Katy Delaney, Battelle
The Columbus Region's wages are lower than peer metros, yet employees enjoy a high quality of life due a cost of living that Forbes ranks the fourth best in the U.S. For a breakdown of average hourly wages by occupation, view the science and technology brochure.

WORKFORCE COSTS FOR SCIENCE, ENGINEERING AND IT OCCUPATIONS
MSA NO. WORKERS AVG. HOURLY WAGE UNIONIZATION RATE
Pittsburgh 62,384 $34.45 9.8%
Indianapolis 52,704 $34.56 4.9%
Columbus 61,047 $35.37 3.1%
Raleigh 49,246 $37.53 0.2%
Chicago 210,768 $37.79 9.6%
Austin 84,720 $38.11 1.0%
Boston 214,076 $43.54 4.8%
Seattle 193,907 $46.08 11.7%
San Francisco 202,693 $47.10 10.9%
Washington, D.C. 335,054 $47.99 4.2%

Source: EMSI Analyst, 2014; Unionstats, 2014

 

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