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Columbus Region Transportation Infrastructure and Utilities

Investments in a highly-connected interstate highway system, rail connections to major seaports and air cargo routes to international hubs—all intersecting at the Rickenbacker Inland Port—give the Columbus Region a distinct edge on the efficient movement of goods.

Logistics infrastructure in the Columbus Region

By Road

Crossed by eight major interstate highways, the Columbus Region has easy southbound access through the Mid-Atlantic states to the Southeast. The Region's east-west corridors traverse the country from coast to coast and into the Rockies.

ROAD CONDITIONS BY PERCENTAGE
METRO AREA GOOD OR FAIR
Indianapolis 62%
Atlanta 59%
Louisville 57%
Columbus 51%
Memphis 48%
Baltimore 45%
Virginia Beach 33%
Chicago 21%
New York-Newark 18%
Detroit 16%
Los Angeles 7%

Source: Tripnet Urban Road Report, July 2015


By Rail

The new Heartland Corridor allows double-stacked freight trains to travel directly from the Port of Virginia (Norfolk International Terminals) to a state-of-the-art intermodal facility located at Rickenbacker Inland Port in the Columbus Region.

The National Gateway Corridor provides the Region additional port connections in Baltimore and Wilmington, an advantage for gaining access to the global marketplace.

National Gateway Corridor and Heartland Corridor routes

By Air

The Columbus Region currently supports a total of 12 weekly international wide body freighter frequencies between Rickenbacker International Airport and premier air cargo hubs in Europe (Brussels, East Midlands, Luxembourg), Asia (Colombo, Hong Kong) and the Middle East (Dubai) plus extensive domestic integrated carrier activity on nearly 50 FedEx and UPS arrivals per week.


Rickenbacker Inland Port


Located 10 miles south of Columbus, Rickenbacker Inland Port is a high-speed international, multimodal logistics hub with an unparalleled location and access to customers throughout North America. Premier freight forwarders, consolidators, Customs brokers and third-party logistics providers support its tremendous base of air, road and rail transport companies.

Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK)

As one of the world’s only cargo-dedicated airports, Rickenbacker International Airport offers an uncongested option to move air cargo to, from and within the United States. The airport offers over 200,000 square feet of air cargo facility space, two parallel 12,000 foot runways and Category II Instrument Landing System for all-weather landing capabilities.

Foreign Trade Zone #138

Foreign Trade Zone #138, the 10th most active FTZ in the nation, encompasses all of the Columbus Region including Rickenbacker Inland Port and is legally considered outside of Customs territory, so goods may be brought into the site duty-free and without formal customs entry.

 

Columbus Region Utilities

The Columbus Region offers competitive rates on its utilities, including electricity, water and telecommunications. According to the most recent “Telecom Competition in Ohio” report, 99 percent of homes and businesses in Ohio have access to broadband, making it a highly connected community.

COST OF ELECTRICITY (Cents per kilowatt-hour)

STATE

COMMERCIAL

INDUSTRIAL

Iowa

$7.88

$4.77

West Virginia

$8.16

$5.88

Texas

$8.25

$6.07

Illinois

$8.56

$6.13

Kentucky

$9.30

$5.32

Pennsylvania

$9.53

$6.97
Tennessee $10.02 $5.35

Ohio

$10.05

$6.62

Indiana

$10.12

$6.90

U.S. Average

$10.55

$6.67

Michigan

$10.89

$7.45

New York

$15.28

$6.21
Source: Electric Choice, 2014

 

Columbus Region Water & Sewer Contract Communities


The Department of Public Utilities provides water and sewer service to more than 20 communities, in addition to Columbus, through contractual agreements. Many of the customers in these communities receive a bill from Columbus. Other municipalities buy water in bulk from Columbus and handle their own billing; these are known as "master metered" communities.

The communities The Columbus Department of Public Utilities  provides water and/or sewer service to in addition to Columbus include:

Bexley
Brice
Dublin
Gahanna
Grandview
Grove City
Groveport
Hilliard
Marblecliff
Minerva Park
New Albany
Obetz
Reynoldsburg
Riverlea
Upper Arlington
Urbancrest
Valleyview
Whitehall
Worthington
Various other small county pockets like Brookside Estates, Hamilton Meadows, Ridgewood, Village Park etc.

 
The Columbus Department of Public Utilities does not serve the following communities:

Canal Winchester
Pickerington
Westerville
Various townships like Blendon that are served by Ohio American Water.


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614-225-6953
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Huddle
Senior Vice President, Economic Development
614-225-6065
Chris
Strayer
Senior Project Manager
614-225-6905
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Project Manager, Global Trade and Investment
614-225-6083






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