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News Date: November 12, 2021


Columbus City Council to hear legislation that would create 1,234 new jobs generating $62 million in new payroll and retain 1,785 jobs valued at $139 million

[Columbus, OH] – Monday, Columbus City Council will consider legislation to spur the creation of 1,234 new jobs across a variety of industries, including food service professionals, warehouse managers, maintenance technicians, software developers, logistics coordinators and customer service associates. The six jobs incentives on Council’s agenda would together create 1,234 jobs in a variety of industries valued at $62 million in new payroll, and retain 1,785 jobs valued at $139 million in payroll.

“The strength of the Columbus economy is its diversity, both in industry and talent,” said Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, “Tech startups, fulfillment and distribution operators, private aviation and consumer finance platforms are all thriving and creating opportunity in Columbus, thanks to the skilled and dynamic workforce they find in our city. The diversity of industries that make up our economy not only helped us to weather the worst of the financial impact of the pandemic, but positions us well for continued recovery.”

City Council will consider Jobs Growth Incentives Monday for:

  • Barkbox, a monthly subscription service providing dog products, services and experiences, with existing operations in Columbus, is expected to create 400 new positions valued at $18,800,000 in annual payroll and retain 249 positions valued at $11,879,433 in annual payroll.
  • SK Food Group, a custom food manufacturing company that produces handcrafted sandwiches, wraps, protein snacks, flatbreads and burgers, is expected to create 305 new positions valued at $12,389,296 in annual payroll.
  • NetJets, the world’s first and largest private jet company, will expand its global headquarters in Columbus, and is expected to create 154 new positions valued at $12,735,000 in annual payroll and retain 1,516 positions valued at $126,231,635 in annual payroll.
  • Hollingsworth and Hollingsworth Management Services, a leading logistics provider to manufacturing and distribution operations, is expected to create 95 new positions valued at $3,302,140 in annual payroll, and retain 16 positions valued at $700,000 in annual payroll. 

City Council will also vote to amend and restate the Jobs Growth Incentive Agreement with Upstart, adding an additional year to its agreement while revising its job creation goal from 100 new positions valued at $10,750,000 to 350 new positions with an associated annual payroll of $23,389,500. The startup is a leading artificial intelligence lending platform that partners with banks to expand access to affordable credit.

City Council will also consider a Downtown Office Incentive Agreement for River Financial, an online platform for purchasing Bitcoin, that is expected to create 30 new positions valued at $2,252,500 in annual payroll and retain four positions valued at $455,000 in annual payroll. 

Barkbox, NetJets and Upstart will grow their corporate presence in the city of Columbus, SK Food Group will grow its presence in the Columbus Region, and Hollingsworth and River Financial are newcomers to the region.

“Being an attractive, competitive city with strong economic resources has been our greatest asset,” said Councilmember Emmanuel V. Remy. “Columbus is the fastest growing city in the Midwest and a key factor of that growth is steady, good paying jobs, and these partners exemplify that.”