Regional Overview

The Greater Columbus Georgia Region is located approximately 100 miles southwest of Atlanta, and is home to more than 300,000 residents. Excellent regional access is provided from I-185 – connecting Columbus to Atlanta Hartsfield Airport, less than ninety minutes to the north. U.S. Hwy 80 connects to Phenix City & Auburn, AL immediately west of Columbus, and to Macon, GA 100 miles east.

The Region is home to Fort Benning and the Maneuver Center of Excellence, with more than 40,000 military personnel, contractors and civilians working at the installation every day. It also is the home to the corporate headquarters of several notable companies such as Aflac, Carmike Cinemas, Realtree, Synovus and TSYS. Additionally, several multi-national companies including Johnson Controls, Kia, Kodak, NCR and Pratt & Whitney have significant foot prints in the Region and have made major investments in their facilities over the last decade.

In the past 10 years, the region has seen over $3 billion in new commercial and industrial projects. What’s more, the public sector has invested another $3 billion in new public facilities, recreational assets, and infrastructure, including a growing Columbus State University River Park campus in Columbus’ Uptown District and a world-class whitewater course on the Chattahoochee River.

In 2014, $100 million in new investment was committed across a number of industries in the Region. Leading the announcements in 2014 was the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia project, which is investing $62 million in a new state-of-the-art campus in the Muscogee Technology Park

Columbus GA Growth

“The Columbus Region has been the recipient of the largest public capital investment project in the State of Georgia (Ft. Benning growth) and the two largest private capital investment projects in the state of Georgia (Aflac and Kia). ”

Major Employers

Company# of Employees
Fort Benning40,000
TSYS4,600
Muscogee County School 4,300
AFLAC6,670
Columbus Regional Healthcare3,180
Columbus Consolidated Gov3,130
Kia Motors3,000
St. Francis Hospital3,000
Blue Cross Blue Shield1,400
Columbus State University1,360
Pratt Whitney1,000
Synovus Financial930