State Rep. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) today in a joint press conference announced the creation of the Columbus Innovation District, a partnership and investment to drive innovation and job creation in Ohio.
“In order for Central Ohio to continue growing, we need to cultivate young talent locally and create jobs to keep them here. The Innovation District is a great step in making sure we can retain young and talented Ohioans. This partnership will also create opportunities for transformative research that will benefit not only the state, but the whole country,” said Rep. Boggs.
The Columbus Innovation District has several goals including: invest in and drive STEM talent production and healthcare research in the technology and healthcare industries; and aim to bring 20,000 new jobs to central Ohio over the next ten years (10,000 direct and 10,000 indirect jobs).
JobsOhio, Ohio State University, and Nationwide Children’s Hospital are committing an initial investment of more than $600 million for the Columbus Innovation District.
The economic impact of the Columbus Innovation District is expected to be up to $3 billion for Columbus and Ohio over the next 10-15 years.
The $1 billion investment will be put towards talent, research, and real estate and development. Additional investments will be made over the next several years.