DeWine announces new $ 1.1 billion Columbus technology district

A rendering of the innovation district on the western Ohio state campus. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State

Ohio is looking to create a third technology hub in Columbus, following the innovation districts in Cincinnati and Cleveland.

Governor Mike DeWine, joined by the state of Ohio, the National Children’s Hospital and city executives, officially announced the Columbus Innovation District on Wednesday. The district, which will be located on the university’s West Campus, is an initiative to attract science and technology professionals to the city over the next 10 years.

According to a press release on Wednesday, an estimated $ 1.1 billion is expected to be poured into the project in hopes of creating 20,000 jobs, half in the health and technology sectors, adding $ 3 billion to the economy. Central Ohio. from the governor’s office.

University president Kristina M. Johnson said in the statement that the university will spend $ 650 million on new West Campus facilities as part of the district. New construction projects include an interdisciplinary research facility and outpatient care facility in Dublin, Ohio.

JP Nauseef, President and CEO of JobsOhio, said that the nonprofit organization, which sponsors the economy …

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