Economic Development

Ariel view of City - Photo Credit: Randall L. Scheiber

2021 Job Growth & Real Estate Investments Report

Columbus has several economic development tools available to promote job growth and investment in our community. Tax abatements are one of these tools – they reduce the amount of real property taxes a company pays, and in return, the company commits to investing in new facilities and hiring new workers.

COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Grants

Applications are now open for COVID-19 small business recovery grants(PDF, 772KB) of up to $20,000. Grants through the Columbus-Franklin County Small Business Recovery Fund are available to local small businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically those in underserved communities and/or minority-owned businesses, disadvantaged businesses and veteran-owned businesses.

Applications opened Monday, March 7, 2022 and are being accepted in waves, opening every six weeks through Saturday, September 3, 2022, or until all funds are awarded. Go to to determine eligibility and apply.

About the City of Columbus

The City of Columbus is the 14th largest city in the United States with a population of 892,533 residents. The Columbus economy is balanced with a combination of education, technology, government, research, insurance and health care entities as major employers within the City. Columbus is gaining nationwide recognition for its booming downtown, historic neighborhoods, arts and sporting districts, open attitude and a noticeably affordable quality of life.

Business Services
We make doing business easy. Columbus is an excellent place to do business. One of the reasons for that is because we incentivize companies who choose Columbus. We offer a number of services and tax incentives to help your profits grow by keeping your costs down.

Facts & Figures
Columbus by the numbers. When it comes to Columbus, there's a lot to tell. This section contains all the most telling facts and figures that can make a real impact on your business.

Quality of Life
Columbus is the 14th largest city in the United States with a population of 879,170. The city is perfect for active lifestyles, having invested $20 million to develop a growing system of bike and fitness trails that connect the suburbs and river trails to downtown's $44 million riverfront park system restoration.

Columbus Maps
The lay of the land. Want to know where key items of interest are located around the city? These maps will help you quickly familiarize yourself with the metro area, sites of importance, types of transportation and much more.