It is the strategic goal of the Greater Columbus Economic Development Corporation to grow and attract well-paying, high value-added, community minded base/primary businesses. We accomplish this by supporting the expansion and recruitment of companies who fit this description, and in a more specific fashion, we seek companies who will most benefit from our community’s distinct capabilities in advanced manufacturing, unique STEM* education of our workforce (see “Workforce: Today & Tomorrow”), and our world-renown design strengths (including the engineering, tech, and R&D capabilities of our workforce).
The local workforce in Columbus and Bartholomew County, Indiana, is currently specialized in six manufacturing sub-sectors:
- Machinery/Engine (21.9 x U.S. Average Employment)
- Automotive/Transportation Equipment (8.5x)
- Paper Products (3.4x)
- Fabricated Metals (2.98x)
- Plastics (2.1x)
- Chemicals/Pharmaceuticals (1.25x)
The area has also experienced a 48% increase in Administrative & Support Services employment and a 45% increase in Scientific & Technical Services (R&D/Engineering) sectors over a five-year period (2010-14).
These emerging industries add diversity to our economic base, and we are actively pursuing Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, R&D/Engineering Technical Centers, and Office Administrative Services opportunities.