COLUMBUS, INDIANA – The Greater Columbus (Indiana) Economic Development Corporation (EDC) has announced details of its upcoming Annual Meeting, to be held Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, at The Commons in downtown Columbus, Indiana, 11:30 AM – 1 PM.  Bernard Swiecki, Director of the Automotive Communities Partnership (ACP) at the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) of Ann Arbor, Michigan, will deliver the keynote address and will offer insights from CAR’s latest research into the automotive sector, including trends, forecasts, and what it might mean for the local Columbus area economy.

“Engine and automotive equipment manufacturing employ 25% of all local jobs, and those jobs support thousands more,” said Jason Hester, president of the EDC.  “Given the unquestioned importance of the automotive sector to our local and regional economy, the insights that Mr. Swiecki will share about the current and forecasted state of the sector will help inform the local business community and civic leaders as to what the future might hold for us.”

Mr. Swiecki’s engaging style and access to exclusive research makes him a sought-after and frequent presenter at conferences and industry events around the globe.  He has written and managed research in a diverse array of automotive fields pertaining to automakers, suppliers, electric and alternative powertrain vehicles, as well a variety of other subjects.  As Director of CAR’s Automotive Communities Program, he and the ACP team provide member communities with on-going analyses on plant locations, future products, employment trends, and announced investments and incentives.

The ticketed luncheon event will also feature a report on current and recent activities of the Greater Columbus EDC, focused on the organization’s efforts to provide existing business support, talent attraction, and business recruitment efforts.

The September 7, 11:30 a.m., luncheon is open to the public, but advance registration is required as space is limited.  Individual tickets are $45, and reserved corporate tables of 8 are available for $360.  Registration can be done online at, or by calling 812-378-7300 by 5 PM, Monday, August 28.  Credentialed members of the media are also invited and welcome to attend with advance courtesy notice requested.

About the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) and the Automotive Communities Partnership

The Center for Automotive Research (CAR) produces industry-driven research and analyses; develops forecasts; fosters dialogue and convenes forums; and regularly makes available the findings of its research. As an independent, non-profit, research organization with a multi-disciplinary approach, CAR succeeds through close collaboration and strong relationships with automakers, suppliers, industry associations, government, non-profits, labor organizations, and educational institutions.  The Automotive Communities Partnership (ACP) brings together communities, international partners, automotive companies, educational institutions, and government agencies in a collaborative environment to sustain and grow the U.S. automotive footprint through monthly industry updates; quarterly sales, production, and employment forecasts; exclusive networking opportunities; and advice on public policy and site selection opportunities.  More information at or

About the Greater Columbus Economic Development Corporation

The Greater Columbus (Indiana) Economic Development Corporation, formerly the “Columbus Economic Development Board”, is an independent, non-profit economic development organization serving Columbus and all Bartholomew County, Indiana.  The organization’s strategic goal is to grow & attract well-paying, high value-added, community-minded businesses by influencing and leveraging the area’s distinct capabilities in advanced manufacturing, design, and Science Technology Engineering & Math (STEM) education resources.  Current industry targets include Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, Engineering/R&D Services, Office Administrative Services, as well as Aerospace & Defense opportunities.  Greater Columbus EDC’s approach is three-fold: (1) Work with existing primary employers to help them grow in Columbus and Bartholomew County, (2) attract and recruit new companies, and (3) work with local community partners to build upon and continuously improve the area’s desirability to businesses and residents. 

For more information on the Greater Columbus Economic Development Corporation and the services it offers, please visit