Columbus Georgia
Chamber of Commerce
BusinessFirst

Columbus, Georgia IRegion
Phase Recap

November 21, 2013
Columbus has a healthy mix of locally-owned, nationally-owned and foreign-owned companies in its
industry mix. Many of the...
Almost one-third of the company participants were in some version of the manufacturing industry.
While some company’s indu...
Among those interviewed, approximately 25% of local sales are staying in the Columbus, Georgia
Region. The bulk of sales a...
We asked companies to rank 15 business climate indicators from very satisfied to very dissatisfied.
Overall, companies hav...
Availability of qualified workforce was one of the concerns of many companies we interviewed. Below is
a breakdown of how ...
Building Development Plan Review/Permitting was viewed as one of the business climate assets by
many of the companies we i...
Police Protection was viewed as one of the best business climate assets by many of the companies we
interviewed. Below is ...
We asked companies to rank 15 business climate indicators from very satisfied to very dissatisfied.
Overall, companies hav...
One of the Business Climate assets that rated highest among the companies interviewed was the cost of
doing business in th...
Workforce Issues
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Trouble finding highly-skilled employees; specifically maintenance
Overall poor work-ethic seems...
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BusinessFirst Phase I Recap

  1. 1. Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce BusinessFirst Columbus, Georgia IRegion Phase Recap November 21, 2013
  2. 2. Columbus has a healthy mix of locally-owned, nationally-owned and foreign-owned companies in its industry mix. Many of these locally-owned businesses are also the headquarters for their prospective company. Columbus is also home to many foreign-owned companies, thus making our industry mix unique. Locally-Owned Company Origin 12% Nationally-Owned Foreign-Owned 41% Company Headquarters 12% 47% 35% Columbus 35% Georgia 18% Elsewhere in nation Outside USA 53% Of the companies we interviewed are headquartered in Georgia.
  3. 3. Almost one-third of the company participants were in some version of the manufacturing industry. While some company’s industry overlapped between categories, you can still see that manufacturing is a major industry in the Columbus, Georgia Region. However, we were still able to capture 8 different industries, making our data diverse. 32% 3% Manufacturing 6% Distribution 10% 23% HR/Administration Warehousing Sales/Marketing 13% 13% IT Engineering/Reasearch One-fifth of the companies interviewed said they had possible local expansion plans. Furthermore, these companies collectively represent approximately 3, 200 employees that are in the Columbus workforce. 3,200
  4. 4. Among those interviewed, approximately 25% of local sales are staying in the Columbus, Georgia Region. The bulk of sales are being shipped across the United States, while another 25% are being shipping overseas, most likely through the Savannah Port. However; on the supplier side, only 12% is coming from overseas and approximately 44% of the companies supplier needs are being met by local and regional suppliers. Origin of Sales Local Regional 5% 25% Source of Suppliers 20% 12% National 23% International 50% 75% 44% of the products being produced or distributed from the Columbus, Georgia Region are shipped outside of the Region. 21%
  5. 5. We asked companies to rank 15 business climate indicators from very satisfied to very dissatisfied. Overall, companies have rated the business permitting process, public water/sewer and police protection as the top business climate assets. Availability of qualified workforce, costs of utilities and k12 education seem to be the major concerns for local companies. 100% 75% 50% 25% 0% Availability of Capital/Financing Availability of qualified Quality of workforce Quality of Colleges and workforce training programs Universities Local tax structure State tax structure Building devlopment plan review/permitting Public Transportation K-12 Education Overall rating of the local business climate 100% 75% 50% 25% 0% Public water/sewer Not Applicable Cost of utilities Local road and highways Very Dissatisfied Police Protection Dissatisfied Neutral Satisfied Very Satisfied
  6. 6. Availability of qualified workforce was one of the concerns of many companies we interviewed. Below is a breakdown of how the companies viewed this business climate indicator. 100% 75% Approximately 25% of the companies interviewed were Satisfied with the Availability of Qualified Workforce. Very Dissatisfied Dissatisfied Neutral 50% 25% 0% Approximately 50% of the companies interviewed were Dissatisfied with the Availability of Qualified Satisfied Very Satisfied
  7. 7. Building Development Plan Review/Permitting was viewed as one of the business climate assets by many of the companies we interviewed. Below is a breakdown of how the companies viewed this business climate indicator. 100% 75% 50% Over 75% of the companies interviewed were Satisfied with the Building Development Plan Review/Permitting. Very Dissatisfied Dissatisfied Neutral 25% 0% Only approximately less than 5% of the companies interviewed were Dissatisfied with the Building Permitting and Development. Satisfied Very Satisfied
  8. 8. Police Protection was viewed as one of the best business climate assets by many of the companies we interviewed. Below is a breakdown of how the companies viewed this business climate indicator. 100% 75% 50% Approximately 50% of the companies interviewed were Very Satisfied with the Police Protection. 25% 0% Only approximately 5% of the companies interviewed were Dissatisfied with the Police Protection.
  9. 9. We asked companies to rank 15 business climate indicators from very satisfied to very dissatisfied. Overall, companies have rated the business permitting process, public water/sewer and police protection as the top business climate assets. Availability of qualified workforce, costs of utilities and k12 education seem to be the major concerns for local companies. 100% 75% 50% 25% 0% Availability of Capital/Financing Availability of qualified Quality of workforce Quality of Colleges and workforce training programs Universities Local tax structure State tax structure Building devlopment plan review/permitting Public Transportation K-12 Education Overall rating of the local business climate 100% 75% 50% 25% 0% Public water/sewer Not Applicable Cost of utilities Local road and highways Very Dissatisfied Police Protection Dissatisfied Neutral Satisfied Very Satisfied
  10. 10. One of the Business Climate assets that rated highest among the companies interviewed was the cost of doing business in the Columbus, Georgia Region. Among those interviewed, approximately 82% of the respondents indicated that they are satisfied or very satisfied with doing business in Columbus. 6% 19% 12% Very Dissatisfied Neutral 63% Satisfied Very Satisfied Cost of Doing Business? The cost of doing business includes labor costs, utility rates, taxes, fees and the cost of living.
  11. 11. Workforce Issues • • • • Trouble finding highly-skilled employees; specifically maintenance Overall poor work-ethic seems to be the new normal Low-level employee turnover is rampant Most companies interviewed were interested and willing to be involved in an internship or co-op program Governmental Issues • • • • E-verify Financial Reform Act Higher visibility with Chamber-led governmental affairs issues Healthcare costs, reform, etc.

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