Crisscrossed by dark, lit and long-haul fiber optics, data center operators in the Columbus Region benefit from a robust fiber optic and electrical infrastructure, competitive power costs, low natural disaster risk and one of the nation’s best tax climates for data centers.
The Columbus Region is located at the center of Ohio, a state with no personal property, inventory or corporate income tax. Ohio offers a sales tax exemption on data center equipment for projects exceeding $100 million in capital investment and $1.5 million in payroll.
The Columbus Region is safely removed from major earthquake, hurricane, tornado and volcano zones—and its moderate climate with mild temperatures keeps cooling costs low.
The Columbus Region is also home to two important systems:
Many local communities in the Columbus Region are making additional investments in fiber infrastructure including Dublin, New Albany and Gahanna.
When Facebook first turned down New Albany for an investment, Jennifer Chrysler took it like a breakup.
It was just over two years ago that Columbus, Ohio, won the Department of Transportation’s $40 million Smart City Challenge, beating 77 other U.S. contenders. It was a major shot in the arm for a city of about 900,000 people.
“Columbus has been one of the fastest growing markets with the Cologix platform due to enterprise demand for robust cloud and connectivity choice,” Cologix’s CEO says.
A subsidiary of Amazon.com offering cloud-computing services
A national telecommunications company
Parent to discount retailers including TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Home Goods and more
Financial services company offering credit cards, banking and loans
A financial services and investment banking company with locations around the world
Data center company serving more than 1,600 clients around the U.S.
Ohio is an Electric Choice state, allowing businesses to choose their generation service from 20 different suppliers.
The Region is home to more than 50 data centers, making it one of the most fiber-rich, high-tech areas in the U.S.
AEP operates its Network Operations Center—the largest network of transmission lines in the nation—from the Columbus Region.
The Columbus Region was named Intelligent Community of the year by Intelligent Communities Forum, which bases its ranking on broadband, knowledge, workforce, innovation, digital equity and advocacy.