Our Goal

It is the goal of the Greater Columbus Indiana Economic Development Corporation to grow and attract high value-added, community minded base/primary businesses. We accomplish this goal by supporting the expansion and recruitment of companies that we believe will benefit our community as well as those that have the potential to benefit from what Columbus and Bartholomew County has to offer. Unique STEM* education, offerings, along with distinct capabilities in advanced manufacturing, create our world-renown design strengths that allow businesses to succeed.

The local workforce in Columbus and Bartholomew County, Indiana is currently specialized in five manufacturing sub-sectors:

  1. Machinery/Engine Manufacturing (23.0 x U.S. Average Employment)
  2. Automotive/Transportation Equipment (7.8 x U.S. Average Employment)
  3. Paper Products (3.5 x U.S. Average Employment)
  4. Fabricated Metals Manufacturing (3.4 x U.S. Average Employment)
  5. Plastics Product Manufacturing (3.2 x U.S. Average Employment)
  6. Pharmaceutical Manufacturing (1.08 x U.S. Average Employment)
Sources for Avg Employment: Bureau of Labor Statistics & QCEW (All Industry Levels, 1 Area/2019 Avg)

Greater Columbus Indiana EDC is currently targeting the following industries to complement and diversify our economy:

R&D and Engineering Services

One of the highest concentration of mechanical engineers in the nation

Why it's our target

  • Close proximity to National “Top 10” Engineering Schools
  • Existing R&D Centers in Columbus offer synergistic benefits

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

Centrally located for major regional & national markets

Why it's our target

  • Part of the Indiana Pharmaceutical “Triangle” with major players Lilly, Roche, Catalent, Lannet, Blairex & Applied Laboratories
  • 10,000 local workers with matching occupation strengths


8.0x US avg concentration for Transportation Equipment Manufacturing

Why it's our target

  • 80,000 production workers in region
  • 171 companies employ 25,000 persons in Indiana within Aerospace Product Manufacturing industry
  • Nearby major players include Rolls Royce, GE Aviation, and more

Cyber Security

Ivy Tech Cyber Academy produces credentialed Cyber technicians with 11-month program

Why it's our target

  • Founding Member Southern Indiana Defense Network focused on Unmanned Systems (UAV/UGV), Cyber & Electronic Warfare, Prototyping / Testing / Evaluation, Sensors & Robotics