In re: Columbus No. 1 ‘Up-And-Coming Tech City’

Forbes Magazine has published a list of the Top 10 Up-And-Coming Tech Cities and Columbus, Ohio of all places tops out the list at number one.  Why you say?  “No. 1: Columbus, Ohio. In 1997, the Battelle Memorial Institute, Ohio’s largest research center, based in Columbus, managed a single lab for the U.S. Department of Energy with an annual budget of $1 billion. A decade later, Battelle oversees seven major laboratories for different federal agencies; current budget: $4 billion.”

Battelle is an example of exactly what Ohio is doing right (rare I know – see below on NAFTA) but Battelle is setup just south of OSU’s campus right next to the Olentangy river.  Like the Cleveland Clinic it is in a prime spot to feed off of surrounding educational institutions and helps create a potent supply and demand for fields.

Additionally Columbus has other tech ventures sprinkled around town, but a master plan to develop the ‘tech corridor’ along 315 is gaining steam.  See the 315 Research + Technology Corridor website .


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