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 (22.8 x U.S. Average Employment)
  2. Automotive/Transportation Equipment (8.1 x U.S. Average Employment)
  3. Paper Products (3.47 x U.S. Average Employment)
  4. Fabricated Metals Manufacturing (3.43 x U.S. Average Employment)
  5. Plastics Product Manufacturing (2.7 x U.S. Average Employment)
  6. Pharmaceutical Manufacturing (2.38 x U.S. Average Employment)
Sources for Avg Employment: Bureau of Labor Statistics & QCEW

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

  1. Aerospace Manufacturing
  2. Cyber Security
  3. Defense
  4. Engineering and R&D Services
  5. Pharmaceutical Manufacturing