Best High-Tech City in America: Columbus, Ohio
Columbus, Ohio, is the top city in its class in its ability to attract and grow tech talent.— Tim Feran, 7/6/2016
Tech Mecca: Battelle Memorial Institute
A Tech Leader Worldwide
Columbus was named by Forbes.com as the Number One Up and Coming High Tech City in America in 2010, because of Battelle Memorial Institute and its partners. The high ranking designation has stuck for many years.
The main facility of this company is located in the state capital and the full compliment of campuses has been named as the Number One Largest Research Institute in the state.
In 1997, Battelle ran just one research laboratory for the US Department of Energy, with a budget for a year of only $1 Billion (not exorbitant when considering costs).
In 2008, the company had grown to manage seven large laboratories and numerous global installations for the US Federal Government in several departments. The combined budget was now $4 billion annually, an increase of 400% in only 10 years.
Battelle initiates and develops the foundation research and startup of almost every new technology in America. Company specialties are Life Sciences and Energy, including sustainable energy, bio-engineering, product combatants for chemical and bio-warfare, and hundreds of other vital tools.
Velocys is a product company of Battelle, cutting the cost of gathering the energy of 3 trillion cubic feet of globally stranded natural gas via conversion to easy-to-ship liquid gas.
Careers at Battelle : Find innovative and lucrative job opportunities with advancement at 1-800-201-2011 or Battelle, The Business of Innovation.
New Tech Jobs and Business in Columbus
- 150 + Jobs - open positions | TechLife Ohio (Formerly TechLife Columbus) Columbus, Ohio
TechLifeOhio encourages our tribe to engage, energize, and innovate by: binding existing groups together; creating local online social spaces; organizing in person events; providing tools and mechanisms to become more informed and aware.
- Columbus, Ohio Proves It Is Most Intelligent City
Columbus Ohio was designated a Top 7 Smart City via the Intelligent Communities data gathered in 2013, and Number One in 2015. It is a sustainable Smarter City (2010), and Number One High Tech City in Ohio.
- Rev1 Ventures is a startup assisting company near the Ohio State University in Columbus. Its professionals advise entrepreneurs in a variety of ways, including how to raise capital. One arm of the company, Bunker Labs, was established to help US military veterans specifically in business startup processes. Bunker Labs and Rev1 are located at:
Rev1 Ventures: 1275 Kinnear Rd.; Columbus, Ohio 43212
Columbus, Ohio, is the winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s $50 million Smart City Challenge. It will receive not only that money, but another $90 million from a local business coalition and a sizable portfolio of hardware, software and support services from technology companies.— http://www.govtech.com; 6/21/2016
Business Boom Since 2011
The capital of the Buckeye State is home to tech giants and startups that include technologies in aerospace, automobiles, communications, computer information, healthcare, manufacturing, sustainable energy, and more.
Columbus is attracting increasing numbers of Millennials to fill high tech jobs as of 2015, with marked increases through the end of 2018. The city added over 24,000 new jobs in technologies between 2011 and 2015.
During Autumn 2018, a constantly updating pool of nearly 7,000 technology jobs was advertised daily among over 30,000 positions found on major job search engines, with an unemployment rate of under 4.0%. The city needs more people to fill these jobs.
As of 2016, the state supported over 1,200 aerospace companies, including manufacturers. Many of these companies are in and around Columbus.
Non-negotiable must-haves for any city of the future... include a connected vehicle environment, an open data platform, grid modernization, and electric car-charging infrastructure.— Cass Megraw; 360here.com, 2017
Columbus Awards and Recognitions
- Number One Opportunity City, named by Forbes
- Number One Startup City in America
- One of the 6 Best Big Cities by Time Money Magazine
- A Mecca for Designers and Fashionistas
- One of Top 3 Best Cities for Black-Owned Small Businesses, named by Thumbtack.com
- One of Top 6 “American Dream Cities”
- One of the top 6 “Arts & Culture” Cities, named by PropertyShark
- Top 3 “Best City for Millennials” (Sperling's Best Places)
- 7th Best City for Young Professionals, named by Forbes
Best Jobs in Columbus
The Top 20 Fastest Growing Jobs in Columbus and Central Ohio are offered by Insurance and Financial Products, the Healthcare Industry, Information Technology (IT), Management Analysis, and Skilled Occupations.
The Top 10 Employers in Columbus city and The Greater Columbus Metropolitan area that includes the city and Franklin County are the following companies. They tend to jockey for position, one with another, but consistently remain at the top of the list of highly successful businesses.
Government Jobs: State of Ohio
- Doing business in Columbus and Ohio: Business
- Jobs and Careers with the State in Columbus: https://careers.ohio.gov/
- Over 17,000 employees, including academic advisors, residence hall staff, counselors, and vast numbers of others, contribute to OSU. The diverse student body comes form every county in Ohio, every state in the USA, and from 125+ countries globally.
- "We're looking for a connection. We're looking for people with a variety of ideas, experience and natural talents who want their work to mean something. We offer a positive, inclusive work environment with competitive pay and benefits."
- Nationwide Insurance is a support of Nationwide Children's Hospital, formerly the Columbus Children's Hospital, with connections to The Ohio State University and its medical complex.
Additional High Tech Employers
- American Chemical Society. 2540 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43202
- Cresttek LLC: Various aspects of engineering. 565 Metro Pl S Suite 420, Dublin, OH 43017
- Fast Switch Tech Recruiters. 4900 Blazer Pkwy, Dublin, OH 43017
- Honda R & D of the Americas. 21001 OH-739, Raymond, OH 43067
- JP Morgan Chase
- Limited Brands. 3 Limited Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43230
- Mount Carmel Health
- Ohio Health System
Top 10 Fastest Growing Jobs
- Ambulatory healthcare professionals, specifically RNs, LPNs, and HHAs
- Non-store retailers (Online sales)
- Management, scientific, and technical consulting professionals
- Financial and insurance services
- Health and Social assistance jobs
- Construction of commercial buildings
- Educational professionals: Pre-K through 12 teachers and administrators
- Construction of homes
- Employment services: Recruiting, etc.
- Professional and technical services
Other Top Jobs
- Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts
- Physician Assistants (PAs) and Medical Assistants
- Computer Software Engineers
- Healthcare Technology Workers
- Occupational Therapist Assistants
- Physical Therapist Assistants
- Network and Computer Systems Administrators
- Paralegals and Legal Assistants
- Life, Physical & Social Sciences Technicians
- Computer Systems Analysts
Occupations Offering the Most Job Openings
- Educational and Health-Related Services
- Employment Services
- Technical Services
- Construction Trades: Engineers, tradesmen, and helpers
- Online Retailers and Wholesale Sales
- Finance and Insurance: Especially securities, commodity contracts, and other financial investments and related activities
- Hospitals: All job titles
- Management, scientific, and technical consulting services
- Food and Beverage Stores
- Motor vehicle and parts dealers
Additional major Columbus businesses begun in the city:
- The Limited
- Wendy's International
- City National, Bank One (JP Morgan Chase)
- Worthington Industries
- Longaberger Baskets
- Cardinal Health
- Scotts Company
- F. & R. Lazarus Company: Now closed, this department store was a landmark for decades since founding in 1851, and became part of the Federated Department Stores.
Among several global research institutions in Columbus, the city is headquarters to, Battelle Memorial Institute (where Xerography was invented) and Chemical Abstracts Service.
Jeffrey Mining and Manufacturing operated for many decades, very active in WWII and thereafter in war equipment and mining machines. It is now the site of the State Of Ohio Library and decorated with photographs and exhibits from the former plants and offices of Jeffrey.
New Business Openings
- The city is in the running to become the home to the second Amazon.com headquarters.
- Dozens of successful microbreweries have flooded Columbus since 2016.
- Hot Chicken Takeover. Begun at a business incubator, this mobile and brick-and-mortar restaurant is the fastest growing eatery in the state.
- Root Insurance Company: Founded in 2015, the company expanded significantly in 2018. it has been recognized by the city and the state as a "best startup company" for 2018.
- Women's Clinic of Columbus: Free health care to women; an alternative to Planned Parenthood.
Other Great New Businesses
- Morse/Sunbury Roads Development: Another new shopping complex opened in 2016.
- Compass Data Centers: A new 3,000 Square Foot center in New Albany at the edge of NE Columbus has been successful through 2018 so far.
- Leigh’s Legacy Foundation: Begun in 2011 o combat domestic violence.
- Laonei Global Trade Consulting: Founded 2012.
- Modern Male: Exclusive grooming studio for men.
- Peet's Coffee & Tea: Purchased several buildings during 2013 in Franklin County to open successful coffee shops.
- "The Men's Corner" at Kenny and Henderson Roads completed in 2013: Boxing studio, male grooming salon, restaurant and bar & grill.
Best Colleges in Columbus
- Columbus State Community College (CSCC): Beginning in the late 1960s as Columbus Business University in a store front on North High Street downtown, the CSCC campus is large and their 2-year programs transfer seamless to Ohio State University. CSCC will soon offer its own 4-year degrees.
- Capital University: Top academics and football school adjacent to Trinity Lutheran Seminary.
- Otterbein University: Well respected school in the Westerville suburbs. New laboratories were added in 2016, including 3D printing.
- The Ohio State University: Engineering and Technology are expanding. See OSU Engineering Students produce Smart Cameras as they determine suspicious and lost people. Major campus renovations and several new housing structures have been added.
- Ohio Dominican University: Formerly Saint Marys of the Springs, this school is very active in community programs and summer youth training as well as higher academics. www.ohiodominican.edu/
- Franklin University: Excellently rated business school with expanding course offerings.
- Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD): Nationally recognized.
- Mount Carmel College of Nursing
- Trinity Lutheran Seminary: One of few Lutheran seminaries in America.
- Ohio State College of Barber Styling: Success in producing talented graduates for decades.
Devry University at the Winter Olympics
Fifteen DeVry University and its Keller Graduate School of Management students made Team USA at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. DeVry is an upscale school of technology with facilities across the country, furnishing NASA and other firms with highly trained experts.
- 2019 Best Tech Startups in Columbus. The Tech Tribune; 2018. thetechtribune.com/10-best-tech-startups-in-columbus/ Retrieved October 5, 2018.
- Blocksidge, S. 25 Small Businesses Make Huge Impact on Columbus, Ohio. Sixth City Marketing; 2017.
- Columbus Chamber of Commerce. web.columbus.org/search Retrieved October 5, 2018.
- Columbus Construction News. www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/commercial-real-estate/construction/ Retrieved October 5, 2018.
- Indeed.com and SimplyHired.com job listings, accessed January 15, 2018; July 15, 2018; October 5, 2018.
- Megraw, C. Columbus, Ohio: one year into becoming America's first Smart City; 2017. 360.here.com/columbus-ohio-one-year-into-becoming-americas-first-smart-city Retrieved October 10, 2018.
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