High crime rate could threaten bottom line in Columbus
COLUMBUS — City leaders in Columbus are paying attention to the city’s crime rate, saying it could negatively affect efforts to attract companies and create more jobs.
A group of consultants who select sites for companies recently gave the community high marks for many aspects of economic development, said Brian Anderson, CEO of the local Chamber.
But they also told Columbus officials that it could miss out on projects because its crime numbers are so high, The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported.
The consultants “gave us all good, high marks in many, many areas, and then turned around and basically said, ‘Your crime numbers, if anybody does research on your community based on what they can get off the Internet, you could get d-listed for projects because your crime number is so high,” Anderson said.
“That was a wake-up call for the business community — that not only is this hurting families, hurting individuals, creating law enforcement and cost-to-city type of concerns, now we also know the numbers themselves could negatively impact our ability to recruit companies and more jobs to the community,” he said. “So we have to work on it if we’re going to be competitive.”