The Global Report: A Catalog of International Assets in Greater Columbus


By Mark Shumaker

 Did you know?
     •    307,000 central Ohio residents work in export related jobs.
     •    Columbus is home to the second-largest Somali population in the United States.
     •    Every day, nearly 1,500 passengers fly internationally through Port Columbus Airport.

The Columbus Council on World Affairs, through its partner Global Columbus, recently released the long-anticipated “The Global Report 2012; a catalog of international assets in Greater Columbus.” This research project was designed to inventory and describe the international assets in Greater Columbus, and it is hoped that the statistics and information on global assets and resources can be used by community leaders to help guide economic development, assist in site selection/talent attraction and retention, become a business and community leaders’ guide, and assist in public education.

This report is a fascinating look into the resources of Greater Columbus, defined as the 13-county region surrounding Franklin County. The report compares the assets in Greater Columbus to 15 domestic metropolitan areas such as Denver, Hartford, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Sacramento and Salt Lake. The report also compares the Greater Columbus region to 15 international metropolitan areas, including Torino, Italy; Tel Aviv, Israel; Perth, Australia; Hiroshima, Japan; and Lyon, France. The full report is divided into four sections: Citizenship and Diversity, Language and Education, Residency and Service Abroad and Commerce and Employment, and is chock-full of charts and graphs.

Statistics To Consider
The report provides statistics that every business person in central Ohio should be aware of, including:
    1. Greater Columbus is home to 1,184 foreign-owned business establishments, which employ 39,160 Greater Columbus workers. Japan-owned businesses are responsible for 44% of foreign-owned businesses and employ 17,220 workers in Greater Columbus.
    2. Ohio ranks fourth among the 50 states in export-related employment, with 307,000 jobs tied directly to export-related work.
    3. The Columbus Council on World Affairs, Japan-American Society of Central Ohio and Columbus Sister Cities International are among the ten largest global nonprofits in Greater Columbus.
    4. From 2006 through 2010, the foreign-born population living in Greater Columbus has grown from 6.0% to 7.2%. Of the 7.2%, over 25% are born in Latin American and Caribbean countries; 18.7% are born in Sub-Saharan African countries; and over 13% come from South and Central Asia, Europe and East Asia. 
    5. The percentage of children under 18 with foreign-born parents living in Greater Columbus has risen from 9.5% to 13.9% since 2006.
    6. 50% of the foreign-born population in Greater Columbus has entered the U.S. since 2000.

The Columbus Council on World Affairs
The Columbus Council on World Affairs was founded in 1975 with a mission to increase global awareness in the Columbus Region.

The vision of The Columbus Council on World Affairs is to be a nonpartisan, globally focused organization in the Columbus region that fosters a community that is well-informed about critical international issues as they affect the world, nation and the local region, and whose citizens utilize this insight to make effective decisions in our global society.

To download the full report at no cost, visit http://globalcolumbus.org/.

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