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At the Forefront of Automotive Tech

The Columbus Region is at the forefront of automotive technology and smart mobility. The Columbus Region produces over 620,000 cars a year, while the regional economic output for the automotive industry exceeds $2.7 billion annually.

Nearly 19,000 employees make up the highly-skilled manufacturing workforce, making the region’s automotive share of employment four times greater than the U.S. average.

As their headquarters of North American automotive manufacturing, Honda utilizes the robust workforce to produce more than one-third of their North American light vehicles in two local plants.

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  • The City of Columbus won the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) $40 million Smart City Challenge in June 2016 after competing against 77 cities nationwide to implement a holistic vision for how technology can help all residents to move more easily and to access opportunity.

  • Columbus was awarded a $10 million grant from Paul G. Allen Philanthropies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the de-carbonization of the electric supply and transportation sectors.

  • A 4.6 percent private sector workforce unionization rate is far below other automotive manufacturing hubs. —Unionstats, 2018, 3 year average

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