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.
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-four companies expanded in the Columbus Region this year. Together, they invested $1.51 billion and will create 6,355 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.
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.
Market-leading companies received national recognition this year and the Columbus Region hit major milestones.
Forbes names Columbus the No. 1 rising city for startups —See the ranking
Ohio’s first autonomous shuttle will start accepting passengers —Read about Smart Circuit
JP Morgan Chase, Otterbein to open fin-tech hub in Westerville —Read the announcement
Sofidel brings 700 jobs and $25M to Circleville —Watch the video
Columbus named a top 20 finalist for Amazon's HQ2 —See the list of finalists
The goal of 150,000 net new jobs in the Columbus Region has been met —Read the Columbus Region story
Marysville to become largest Connected Vehicle testbed —Learn about the technology
Kenny McDonald and Mayor Ginther discuss region growth —Listen to Bloomberg Radio
Amazon plans 855,000 sqft fulfillment center in West Jefferson —Read the article
Columbus wins perfect score for LGBTQ equality —Read about the score
Columbus jumps to No. 23 for tech talent —See CBRE's report
Columbus 2020 recognized as a top economic development group —Read the press release
Rev1 Ventures ranked a top active seed investor —See the ranking
Two Columbus Region economic developers named 40 Under 40 —See Business First's class of 2018
Columbus is No. 8 in the U.S. for population growth —Read the Census data
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!
The Columbus 2020 Team