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Amazon Selects NYC and Suburban DC for HQ2 Project

Walker Evans Walker Evans Amazon Selects NYC and Suburban DC for HQ2 Project

Ever since Columbus made the finalist list for the Amazon HQ2 bid back in January, there’s been a lot of buzz about how the city could transform if the project landed here. Many were excited about the increase in high-paying jobs, while others were not so excited about the increase in apartment rental rates. Regardless, […]

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Opinion: Do Columbus Officials Want Amazon’s HQ2 in Franklinton?

Craig Wise Craig Wise Opinion: Do Columbus Officials Want Amazon’s HQ2 in Franklinton?

If based on the political abuse and avoidance history of Franklinton over the last 207 years, no they do not. It is almost like local politicians are scared of any company that could bring 50,000 new jobs to town because that company could suddenly have enough political and business clout to take economic control of […]

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Columbus Named #2 Hottest Housing Market in US

Walker Evans Walker Evans Columbus Named #2 Hottest Housing Market in US

Columbus is both literally and figuratively hot right now. The heat index has been pushed into the triple digits this week, and the housing market was just rated the #2 hot spot in the country according to Realtor.com. “This is really the same story we have had the last few years — there’s not enough […]

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The Third Industrial Revolution: A Radical New Sharing Economy

  The Third Industrial Revolution: A Radical New Sharing Economy

In a digitally-driven society, social and economic theorist Jeremy Rifkin describes the birth of a new economic system that can address climate change and create a more equitable and empathic world. A Third Industrial Revolution is unfolding with the convergence of three pivotal technologies: an ultra-fast 5G communication internet, a renewable energy internet, and a […]

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Columbus Receives Low Ranking in Newest Prosperity Index

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Columbus Receives Low Ranking in Newest Prosperity Index

We love those city rankings lists. Columbus is a Smart City. Columbus is an Opportunity City. But all those smarts and opportunities don’t seem to add up to prosperity, according to the latest internet list relased last month. RENTcafe is a website operated by Yardi, an asset software developer. It’s just published a prosperity ranking […]

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Will Ohio Benefit From Marijuana Tax Revenues?

Travis Irvine Travis Irvine Will Ohio Benefit From Marijuana Tax Revenues?

Some disappointing news on the legal marijuana front recently emerged out of California — only $34 million came into the state’s coffers from taxing cannabis products, about a third of what was originally projected by officials. At first glance, one may look at that stat and think, “What? Only $34 million for taxing a product […]

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Columbus Region Has Added 150,000 Jobs Since 2010

Walker Evans Walker Evans Columbus Region Has Added 150,000 Jobs Since 2010

In 2010, the regional economic development group known as Columbus 2020 set out with some ambitious goals, one of which was to add 150,000 net new jobs to the 11-county area surrounding Columbus. Today, the group announced that they’ve achieved that goal, two years ahead of schedule. “We selected the 150,000 net new jobs goal […]

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