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Jay Knox, Research Manager at One Columbus
Research Manager

Jay Knox


Role and Responsibilities

Jay works as part of the project management team to handle research inquiries and assist in the completion of RFIs and client proposals. Jay collects, manages and analyzes data in support of economic development initiatives and is responsible for conducting business research, managing geographic data collection efforts and providing timely and accurate research support services to the One Columbus team and its regional partners.

Jay has particular expertise in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and is an integral part of the team that manages map production for One Columbus. He assists in the design and creation of professional cartographic and interactive maps for clients and stakeholders. The maps Jay creates are also published in Columbus Region marketing collateral, reports and website.

Past Experience and Education


  • Graduate Research Assistant, The Ohio State University Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA)


  • Master of Arts in Geography, The Ohio State University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Geography, Wittenberg University

Board and Community Involvement

  • Appointed Member, City of Columbus Land Review Commission
  • Member, Urban Land Institute
  • Member, Central Ohio GIS User Group (COGUG)

Why do you live in the Columbus Region?  

Columbus has always been home to my family. I love that Columbus is a large metropolitan area but still maintains that small town feel. You can do anything here you could find in any major city, and if you feel the need to get away, the location makes it quick and easy to travel to other fun places. Columbus is made up of a close-knit community of people that are extremely hard-working but also know how to have fun.

Why do you work in economic development? 

Economic development is the intersection of geography and business. I love being able to use my skills in geography, maps and spatial business intelligence to help make a difference in a community I have been part of all my life. Economic development brings together so many aspects of life and business. It is never boring, always changing, and a fun, rewarding challenge.