Clear Channel, an aggressive media corporation poised to take over the world's entertainment businesses, boasts the following radiant statements about Columbus' development potential. Notably, these facts come from Columbus' own Chamber of Commerce! Hmm, who says Columbus can't afford a great orchestra? Among the Chamber's board members are Buzz Trafford and Ty Marsh, both on the Columbus Symphony board.
Columbus, a thriving city of 733,000 is the capital and the largest city in the state of Ohio and the 15th largest city in the nation. Columbus is one of the Midwestâ€™s most valuable business locations because of its accessibility. Nearly 50% of the United States population is within a 500 mile radius of Columbus. In addition to its central location, the region has two international airports, a foreign trade Zone supporting international service, with more than 150 million square feet of warehouse space, Port Columbus International Airport boasts non-stop commuter flights to 32 cities including Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington DC, New York, and Las Vegas.
Columbus has the best economy in the state of Ohio and rank in the top 10 overall strong and diverse economies in the U.S. Downtown Columbus has over 100,000 jobs, more than 4,000 new housing units and the $2 billion Nationwide Arena District. Nationwide Arena is home to the newest National Hockey League Franchise, The Columbus Blue Jackets and with the addition of Major League Soccerâ€™s Columbus Crew, Columbus has truly evolved into a â€œmajor leagueâ€ city.
Columbus is filled with art, theater, shopping, and culture. The array of entertainment options allow Columbus residents and over 10 million overnight visitors to do everything from cheering on their beloved Buckeyes to taking in one of their favorite Broadway shows at the Palace Theater. Other major attractions in Columbus include the world renowned Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, presided over by Jack Hanna, COSI (Center of Science and Industry), Franklin Park Conservatory, and the Ohio Statehouse. Tourism is a $5 billion industry annually for the city.
Columbus is home to the largest college campus in the United States, The Ohio State University, several fortune 500 companies, and many other large corporations including: Nationwide Insurance, The Limited Corporation, Wendyâ€™s International, Bob Evans, Worthington Industries, White Castle, Cardinal Health, Huntington Bank, Abercrombie & Fitch, Victoria Secret, Bath & Body Works, and Consolidated Stores. Clear Channel Outdoor is the largest outdoor advertising company in Central Ohio with nearly 1,200 Bulletins, Posters, Wallscapes, and Digital Displays.
Source: Columbus Chamber of Commerce