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Central Ohio tech scene booms thanks to big investments

Columbus, OH and central Ohio at large have seen billions of dollars invested in the technology sector after major businesses like Intel, Amazon, and Meta announced development plans.

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The city has been ranked a top renting market + housing market in back-to-back months. | Photo via Canva

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From past achievements to future endeavors, CBUS + the Buckeye State are plugged in to some of the biggest names in technology. Today, we’re refreshing your page with the latest in central Ohio.

Tech talk

In the last year, $30+ billion was invested in Ohio for technology. Here’s a look at the running tally.

  • Amazon Web Services will invest $7.8 billion in central Ohio; the second largest investment in state history.
  • Microsoft purchased 183 acres in Licking County for $57 million near Intel.
  • Google announced two new data centers, one in Columbus and the other in Lancaster.
  • Honda selected Fayette County for its $3.5 billion battery manufacturing plant.
  • Intel began construction on its $20 billion semiconductor factory.
  • Amazon also purchased 400 acres in Licking County for $117 million near Intel.
  • Meta (Facebook) is expanding its New Albany data center.
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Comparing some of the biggest tech investments in state history. | Graphic by CBUStoday

New gigs

The Ohio State University is currently building Carmenton, an innovation district encouraging technological problem solving. The university will use this area for many things, including a software innovation center funded by the largest donation in school history. Other exciting developments include a focus on smart energy systems, and furthering cancer research with the Pelotonia Research Center.

Additionally, Intel donated $2.8 million to 23 Ohio colleges to facilitate more career pathways. This led to a new two-year degree, now offered at Columbus State Community College.

Name brands

Columbus is home to rising stars in the tech scene, including Cardinal Health for its modern approach to medicine, and Battelle — a nonprofit + national leader in technology, research, and science. Other soon-to-be household names include Root Insurance, and CoverMyMeds, both based in Columbus.

Additionally, some of the biggest businesses are already set up in central Ohio, including Amazon, AEP, Google, Meta, and Chipotle.