A national business publication is featuring the city of Columbus for its continued success as an international manufacturing hub. The Wall Street Journal‘s profile on the Bartholomew County community focuses on its more than 30-year efforts to attract and retain overseas investment.
The publication cites a January study from the Brookings Institution, which suggests nearly 51 percent of the city’s economic output comes from exports, making it number one among U.S. cities. Three dozen foreign companies have operations in Columbus, most of which are from Japan. The Wall Street Journal begins the story in 1984, when Chuck Corbin, a former economic development board member and owner of a real estate business, began his first of two dozen trips to Japan to attempt to bring investment to town. Today, 9,000 people are employed by international companies with a presence in Columbus.
You can read more from The Wall Street Journal, including more about Cummins Inc.’s (NYSE: CMI) role in the city’s history and future and local leaders’ continued visits to Japan and elsewhere by clicking here.