Columbus Region Ranked No. 7 Metro Area by Site Selection Magazine
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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 89 new and expanded facilities in 2022. Site Selection, a leading international business publication covering corporate real estate and economic development, ranks the top metropolitan areas by projects with populations over one million. The Columbus Region has been ranked on the ‘Top 10 Metro Areas’ list each year since 2014.
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.
Ohio’s 479 projects earned the state the No. 3 spot in Site Selection’s overall Governor’s Cup state ranking. Ohio also took the No. 3 spot in the projects per capita ranking.
“This recognition is not only of the Columbus Region’s economic performance, but also the long-term commitment of our counties and business investors who have prioritized the growth, economic diversification and prosperity of our 11-county market,” said Kenny McDonald, President and CEO of the Columbus Partnership.
Intel was ranked one of the Top Capital Investment and Top Projects by Jobs Created by Site Selection. In 2022, Intel, the largest U.S.-based chip manufacturer, announced plans to develop a $20 billion semiconductor plant, creating 10,000 direct and construction jobs. Spanning nearly 1,000 acres in Licking County, the “mega-site” can accommodate a total of eight chip factories as well as supporting operations and ecosystem partners. Other notable Columbus Region projects announced in 2022 include:
- Orveon Global US LLC announced an extension of its corporate Columbus Region office creating 150 new jobs.
- Ease Logistics revitalized landmark building in Dublin for new global headquarters, creating 140 new jobs.
- Safecor Health expanded into the Columbus Region, creating 100 jobs.
- Pharmavite LLC announced plans to expand into the Columbus Region, investing more than $200 million and creating 225 new jobs.
In addition to Columbus, other Ohio cities recognized include Cincinnati, Dayton-Kettering, Lima, Springfield, Cleveland, Findlay, Sidney and more. Ohio once again led as the state with most Top 100 Micropolitans, with 22 total, five more than in 2021. For more information about Site Selection magazine’s annual awards and to see a full list of the 2022 honorees, visit SiteSelection.com.
About One Columbus
As the economic development organization for the 11-county Columbus Region, One Columbus’ mission is to lead a comprehensive regional growth strategy that develops and attracts the world’s most competitive companies, grows a highly adaptive workforce, prepares our communities for the future, and inspires corporate, academic and public innovation throughout the Columbus Region. One Columbus expertly guides companies through the location decision process. Through strategic business outreach and customized research, the One Columbus team leverages public, private and institutional partnerships to grow the Columbus Region’s economy and strengthen its national and international competitiveness. Funding is received from more than 300 private organizations, local governments, academic institutions and JobsOhio. Learn more at ColumbusRegion.com.
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