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Regional Strategy for Economic Growth in Columbus

In 2010, with input from private and public leaders from across the 11 Columbus Region counties, the Columbus 2020 Regional Growth Strategy was launched. The strategy targets sustainable economic development for the entire Columbus Region.

The decade-long plan aimed to achieve four bold, long-term economic goals by the year 2020:

  • Add 150,000 net new jobs
  • Generate $8 billion of capital investment
  • Raise personal per capita income by 30 percent
  • Earn recognition as a leader in economic development
What We Do

Working as part of a network of state and local partners, the Columbus 2020 team works every day to:

  • Help existing businesses expand and become more competitive
  • Attract investment from market-leading companies worldwide
  • Develop a distinct identity and brand that raises awareness of the Columbus Region as a business location
  • Accelerate startups and high-growth businesses by connecting them with local resources, venture networks and consumers
  • Identify economic development challenges and opportunities through customized, objective research

Columbus 2020 reveals the Columbus Region as an ideal business destination to market-leading, economic base companies from around the world, and we help them navigate the process of expanding an existing operation or locating a new one.

Columbus 2020 Economic Development Services

For qualifying companies, our team of location experts can secure or identify:

  • Funding sources
  • Incentive programs
  • Workforce training and recruitment resources
  • Meetings with local public sector leaders, local economic development organizations, private sector executives and academic leaders

We also provide:

  • Market research including demographic information, workforce analysis and customized data
  • Specialized assistance to foreign-owned companies and domestic companies who are looking to increase exports, to help them navigate the myriad of considerations specific to international business
  • Information about available land and properties, and coordination of site tours
  • Marketing communications and events support when it’s time to announce an expansion

There is no fee for the services Columbus 2020 provides.

Columbus 2020 Funding

Columbus 2020 is a private nonprofit organization, funded by over 300 private organizations, 50 local governments, four academic institutions and JobsOhio.

Our investors have contributed funding, time and effort to help move the Columbus 2020 Regional Growth Strategy forward. They believe it’s critical to support our work in order to ensure the growth of our regional economy.

Learn about how Columbus 2020 serves growing companies, and how we can give you peace of mind through an informed decision in one of the nation’s best locations.