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2018 in Review

Thank you for being a part of the Columbus Region’s strongest decade ever.

2018 was an outstanding year!

Innovative, market-leading companies chose to locate and expand in the Columbus Region, talented residents were recognized for their work and ideas, and major milestones were achieved.

New Investment and Job Creation

In 2018, the Columbus 2020 team and partners shared the Columbus Region’s story with hundreds of business leaders during 59 business development missions across three continents.

Fifty-eight companies expanded in the Columbus Region this year. Together, they invested $1.53 billion and will create 7,887 new jobs that will change the lives of our residents.


Every corner of the Columbus Region shared in growth and investment.
This year, expansions were completed in all 11 of our counties.

Here are just a few of the highlights:

Dollar Tree invested more than $125 million in a new Morrow County distribution center, creating 400 new jobs.

Chipotle announced plans to expand in Franklin County, adding more than 270 new jobs.

Rapidly growing orthodontic technology company Candid Care Co. will create a $850,000 customer care center in the Columbus Region, its first outside of New York City.

Pillar Technology received a $2 million economic development grant to develop a driverless vehicle research center, creating 25 jobs.

Insurtech startup turned unicorn Root Insurance invested $2 million in a downtown Columbus expansion.

Worldwide logistics and freight forwarding company NEX Transport announced plans to open a new facility in Bellefontaine.

Honda R&D Americas and JobsOhio announced grant partnerships that will support the addition of 175 new jobs.

Events and Highlights


Columbus hosted the 2018 Women’s Final Four.

Management guru Tom Peters spoke to Columbus 2020 investors.

The Smart Columbus Experience Center officially opened.

Anheuser-Busch celebrated 50 years in the Columbus Region.

Devol’s Dance Automation Summit brought 300 executives to Columbus to talk AI disruption.

National Veterans Memorial and Museum opened, the Region’s first national museum.

Columbus 2020 hosted the highest-attended ED411 in seven years.


Milestones and Recognitions

Market-leading companies received national recognition this year and the Columbus Region hit major milestones.

Quick Facts

Looking forward to 2019!

It’s been a tremendous year for the Columbus Region. Today more people live and work here than ever before. Thank you for your engagement, service, and willingness to lead courageously and embrace the future. We are proud to represent our 11 counties and we’re excited for what’s next!

With gratitude,

The Columbus 2020 Team


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