Columbus Region Ranked No. 7 Metro Area by Site Selection Magazine

March 4, 2019

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Columbus, Ohio – The Columbus Region has been listed No. 7 on Site Selection magazine’s ‘Top 10 Metro Areas’ list, with 81 new and expanded facilities in 2018. The Region has made Site Selection’s ‘Top 10 Metros’ list seven times in the past seven years. In years 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 the Columbus Region ranked No. 10, No. 8, No. 7, No. 5, No. 8 and No. 7 respectively.

Ohio’s 454 projects earned the state the No. 2 spot in Site Selection’s overall Governors Cup state ranking – second only to Texas. Ohio also took the third-place spot in the per capital ranking, with Nebraska and Kentucky taking the No. 1 and No. 2 spots respectively.

“We are humbled to make the Governor’s Cup list once again, especially given the high caliber of great metropolitan regions in our category,” said Kenny McDonald, president & CEO, Columbus 2020. “Making this list for the seventh consecutive year is a testament to the strong foundation we have built over the past decade and the market-leading companies that continue to expand and locate in the Columbus Region.”

The Columbus Region earned the ranking among peer metropolitan areas with populations greater than 1 million. New facilities and expansions included in the analyses had to meet at least one of three criteria: involve a capital investment of at least U.S. $1 million, create at least 20 new jobs or add at least 20,000 square feet of new floor area.

In addition to Columbus, other Ohio cities recognized include Ashland, Cincinnati, Defiance, Findlay, Toledo and Wooster.

For more information about Site Selection magazine’s annual awards and to see a full list of the 2018 honorees, visit


About Columbus 2020
As the economic development organization for the Columbus Region, Columbus 2020’s mission is to generate opportunity and build capacity for economic growth across 11 Central Ohio counties. In 2010, hundreds of business and community leaders developed the Columbus 2020 Regional Growth Strategy, and the Columbus Region is now experiencing the strongest decade of growth in its history. The Columbus 2020 team conducts business outreach, promotes the Columbus Region to market-leading companies around the world, conducts customized research to understand the Columbus Region’s competitiveness, and works to leverage public, private and institutional partnerships. Funding is received from more than 300 private organizations, local governments, academic institutions and JobsOhio. Learn more at

Columbus 2020 Media Contact
Amy Harman

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