Union County and our communities have a story: a story of people and progress, business and industry. The story includes a strong foundation built with a proud heritage and a promising future. From our county seat, Marysville, being named one of the “Best Affordable Suburbs in America” by Businessweek (2010), to our workforce being recognized as “…one of the greatest collections of engineering and production talent in the world” by Hidenobu Iwata, President & CEO of Honda of America (2013), we’re proud to be a leader in the Columbus Region and proud of our story.
The NW 33 Innovation Corridor
We begin with the NW 33 Innovation Corridor, which bisects Union County from the Honda of America campus southeast to Dublin and I-270. The corridor, including the city of Marysville, has emerged as a world class location for business growth and development thanks to well-known corporations such as Honda of America Mfg., Inc., The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, Continental, Nestlé Product Technology Center, Parker Hannifin Hydraulics, Velocys and Select Sires. These corporations, in addition to our diverse mix of smaller businesses, make up the largest concentration of manufacturing and research and development businesses in the Columbus Region. Our business community provides ample employment opportunities for our residents, a tax base that supports community services and corporate giving that ensures our quality of life.
Due to our strong economic base, family-friendly neighborhoods and outstanding education system, Union County and Marysville have witnessed significant residential and business growth. Since 1990, Union County has been the third fastest growing county in Ohio with a population increase of 61%. Our current population of 52,300 (2010 Census) is projected to increase to over 109,000 by 2030. Yet, despite our tremendous growth, 74% of land in Union County remains dedicated to agricultural interests, which has allowed our agribusinesses to flourish. Additionally, we have planned for a more sustainable future by limiting major developments to areas where infrastructure is readily accessible.
Education for the Future
Recognizing that no community can maintain long-term economic success without a highly skilled workforce, providing educational opportunities for our residents is a top priority. Each of the K-12 districts serving Union County (Marysville, North Union, Fairbanks, Jonathan Alder and Dublin) commonly achieve high ratings from the Ohio Department of Education. In addition, the success of our K-12 districts is further complemented by the new Marysville Early College High School, and three career and technical schools (Ohio Hi-Point Career Center, Tri-Rivers Career Center and Tolles Career & Technical Center), each of which provide outstanding advanced technical training for Union County students and incumbent workers.
Many families and businesses have found success in our community. The synergy and growth potential of the NW 33 Innovation Corridor are remarkable. With our growing population, progressive leadership and strong business community, your story of success can happen in Union County.