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Introduction

Columbus, Indiana, is an All-America City® of 40,000 people that has founded two Fortune 500 companies*, making it one of the leading regions of management and entrepreneurial talent in the Midwest. It is a place that knows how to take creative ideas and turn those ideas into productive businesses.

Columbus plays an integral economic role within the Great Lakes Mega-region, which is the third-largest mega-region in the world. As a modern manufacturing hub, The Wall Street Journal recently called Columbus “an export powerhouse” after it grew its percentage of local gross domestic product by over 17.8 percent, coming in second place for export growth in the United States.

(*Cummins Inc. and Arvin Industries, Inc. [now ArvinMeritor, Inc.])

Open and Cosmopolitan Atmosphere

• Columbus is home to a cosmopolitan array of thriving international companies. More than 30 international companies from countries such as China, Germany, India, Switzerland, Japan, Korea and Canada have headquarters or offices located within Columbus.

• The city’s workforce is equally diverse. Columbus aspires to be an inclusive, plug-and-play community where outsiders can quickly become insiders. To further these ideas, the city has created the Columbus Area Multi-Ethnic Organization (CAMEO)—a broad-based coalition of ethnic associations, which coordinates activities that advance the concept of a “welcoming community” and promote an appreciation of the traditions and customs of residents from all ethnic cultures.

• Fact: There are more than 44 different languages spoken by students within the Columbus public school system.

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