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The City of Delaware has over 70 buildings and sites to serve your business' needs. Click on the following link to search or browse all City of Delaware properties.

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With a 19,600 worker local labor pool and a multi-county labor shed with 1.6 million workers to draw from, we have the talent for your company whether you are looking for production level employees, warehouse and distribution workers, or IT or other white collar scientific or management and office employees.

  • Estimated 2014 City Population: 38,000
  • City Labor Force: 19,600
  • Regional Labor Shed Labor: 1.6 million
  • Population Growth: 3.4%
  • Median Age: 33.2
  • Unemployment Rate for City: 3.2%
  • Unemployment rate for Region: 4%
  • High School Grad or Higher: 92.3%
  • Associates Degree or Higher: 40.2%
  • Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 32.1%
  • Graduate Degree: 9%
  • White Collar: 62%
  • Blue Collar: 37%
  • Avg. Drive Time of Labor Pool: 25 minutes
A much more detailed labor force analysis including industry breakout as well as commuting patterns can be found in our 2014 Economic Development Plan (PDF).

Site Selection Group also conducted a detailed labor force analysis (PPT) on behalf of Columbus2020 in 2014. 

We also can help you with a more specific labor force study based on the types of employees you need. Ask and you shall receive!

ur DATA (Delaware Area Transit Authority) buses also have greatly helped in moving our labor force from surrounding counties or around the county into their places of employment.

“The Delaware community continues to grow and expand in all areas; housing, schools and business.   This has helped JEGS attract a great workforce to service its customers and over 1 million packages shipped annually.  Delaware has become quite a home for JEGS.” –The Coughlin Family


The City of Delaware offers competitive incentives that are negotiated based on the return on investment of your project. Our team will quickly give you an idea of potential incentives and then will make a recommendation to the Incentives Negotiation Team on what you should be offered. The recommendations of the Negotiation Team become a letter of intent that then formulate agreements which are presented to City Council for their Consideration. Most incentive packages can be completed and passed by Council in 60 days or less depending on scheduling of meeting dates and the amount of countering involved. 

The following are basic descriptions of our incentive programs. More detailed info can be read by click on that program. These are often times in addition to state incentive packages. We can arrange a meeting with our Columbus2020 project manager and your team to discuss potential state incentives. State incentives can include Job Creation Tax Credits, workforce training grants, road development grants, and loans. Contact us to begin discussions on how your project may qualify for incentives.

  • Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) — This is a tax abatement on property improvements (buildings and other infrastructure) up to 100% for 15 years based on return on investment of project. For example, the approximate tax abatement value for a 30,000 sq. ft. building would be about $400,000 after 15 years if offered 100%. School Pilot Payment Agreements also are negotiated with the impacted school districts for projects with lower ROI or with payrolls less than $1 million.
  • Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) — These are loans of up to $500,000 for primary target industry business and $200,000 for secondary target industry businesses from 1 to 3% interest for construction, machinery and equipment. Dollars are based on $25,000 per Low to Moderate Income (LMI) employee hired in a 3 year time frame. Loans can be made for up to 20 years.
  • Economic Development Incentive Grant — These are need and return on investment based grants to assist companies with costs associated with infrastructure needed for the project (including fiber) but can be negotiated to assist with other project related costs such as School Pilot Payments, etc.
  • Tax Increment Financing (TIF) - State law allows for the negotiation of a TIF incentive to redirect property taxes paid on improvements to a property or properties to be redistributed towards paying for a public infrastructure improvement made by a community or a private developer.
  • Facade Grant - The City will match your approved exterior improvements dollar for dollar from $2,000 to $20,000 in our Historic Downtown District.
  • Consolidated Electric Cooperative Rural Development Revolving Loan FundConsolidated Electric Cooperative administers a Rural Development Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to promote and assist in economic development activities in Delaware, Morrow and the surrounding six county area. The RLF will be used to provide community development assistance to nonprofit entities, businesses, and public bodies for employment creation projects, or other projects, which provide needed community facilities and services as outlined in this document. The RLF is a low-interest financing loan program intended to fill capital financing gaps in order to encourage economic development.
  • Delaware County Finance Authority Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing (PACE) - The PACE program is a cost-effective way to finance 100% of HVAC or other energy efficiency improvements to an industrial or commercial building while keeping the debt off the company's balance sheet. More about the Delaware County Finance Authority programs.
  • Delaware County Finance Authority Manufacturer Construction Sales Tax Incentive - By utilizing the Delaware County Finance Authority as a pass through agency on new manufacturer construction projects a company can save as much as 50% on sales tax for construction materials. More about the Delaware County Finance Authority programs.
  • Delaware County Finance Authority Construction Program - The Construction Financing Program can assist qualified businesses to receive a sales tax exemption on all construction materials related to the project by having the Finance Authority lease the facility to the company. The borrower is the owner for federal tax purposes and acquires the project for $1.00 at the end of the lease term. The borrower retains full control of the property.  More about the Delaware County Finance Authority programs.
  • American Electric Power Incentives for New Construction Projects - This program is designed for new construction or major renovation projects. It’s perfect for owners, architects/designers, and engineers looking to build the highest level of energy efficiency into their project–with the quickest possible payback period.
  • Columbia Gas of Ohio Small Commercial Construction Incentive - For new commercial buildings up to 20,000 sq. ft., Columbia Gas' energy efficiency incentive saves money up front and lowers overhead for the life of the property.


The City of Delaware is one of the fastest growing communities in Ohio and is the county seat of one of the fastest growing counties in the country! Why is everyone moving here? Here are just a few of the reasons:


Four of the state's top ranked school districts in the
county with #1 Olentangy Local Schools, Delaware City Schools and Delaware Area Career Center serving the City. If you don't want your children going to one of our high performing public schools, you also have your choice of multiple private schools including Delaware Christian, St. Mary's, and Village Academy. We also are convenient to the Japanese Language School and Ohio German Language School. Your employees have a plethora of educational options in Delaware!


With nearly 63 higher educational and training

institutions within a short drive of Delaware including Delaware's own Ohio Wesleyan University, residents can continue to improve themselves. This also allows for a great pool of job candidates and interns for your company. OSU (which has classes in Delaware Co.) graduates more engineering students than any school in the nation and is also one of the top ranked research institutions with centers such as the Center for Automotive Research. Columbus State Community College (with a convenient campus just on the border of the City) is the largest 2-year community college in the nation and has many technical programs designed around our employers' needs.


Delaware has small town charm with big
city amenities including 30+ restaurants, 6 groceries, multiple retail storefronts including national chains and one of the liveliest entertainment and dining downtown districts in Ohio. We also are only 12 miles from Polaris Fashion Place, Cabela's, IKEA; 15 minutes to Dublin; and, 30 minutes to Columbus. A new Simon Tangier Outlet Mall is being built at our I71 interchange starting this summer!


Your employees and their families will have plenty to keep them loving their lives in Delaware including:
- The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (nation's #1 zoo)
 Over 21 miles of bike trails
- Delaware Community Center YMCA
- Multiple city parks including Mingo Park, Jack Florence Pool, Delaware Dog Park, upcoming Splash Pad, etc.
- Preservation Parks Network
 The Chiller Ice Rinks
 Alum Creek State ParkDelaware Lake State Park, Olentangy and Scioto Rivers
- 8 Golf Courses
- Blackwing Shooting Center
 Delaware District Library
 Delaware Municipal Airport
- Skyzone Trampoline Park
 Lazer Kraze
 Multiple Bowling Alleys
- Olentangy Indian Caverns
 Mad River Mountain Skiing and Tubing
 The Ohio Machine professional lacrosse team


With a thriving Winter St. Arts District, we'll continue to
bring culture to you and your families with facilities such as the Strand Theatre, The Arts Castle, City Arts Center, and Central Ohio Symphony.


With 150 or more houses being built per year, we have a residential option for every budget. Houses range from $100,000 to $500,000+. We also have condos and apartments for all tastes including high end 2nd and 3rd floor renovated downtown apartments.


The City of Delaware provides excellent infrastructure for your business including transportation for trucks and employees, rail, airport, excess water and sewer, telecom and fiber. We continue to seek opportunities for improving our infrastructure to better serve our business community and residents.

  • Roads - Quick access to Central Ohio, all of Ohio and 65% of theTransportation Map nation's population via I71, US23, US42, US36/37, SR315 and US33. Our local road infrastructure improved even more with the addition of the Sawmill Parkway extension -- a direct access to Southern Delaware County and I270. Click image for full-sized map.

    We just finished a project with Delaware County to build the completion of a North/South limited access 4-lane connector road, the Sawmill Parkway Extension, which opened access to 580 acres of developable land and provides easy access to Powell, Dublin and Columbus including I270.

  • Rail - The City of Delaware is served by a major north/south CSXTransportation Map rail line that also extends east/west into our industrial areasserving many of our existing companies with rail siding. Click image for full-sized map.

  • Water  - The City's new $30 million dual membrane water treatment plan went online inWater Map early 2015 allowing for treatment of both surface (Olentangy River) and well field water. The new plant increased capacity from 6 million gallons to 7.2 million gallons per day. Residents and businesses are currently using 4 million gallons per day leaving 3.2 million gallons of excess capacity. Click image for full-sized water map.

    We utilize a capacity fee based calculation rather than a tap fee. This fee utilizes Equivalent Domestic Units (EDUs) to calculate a company's capacity fee. To estimate your project's capacity fees, download our Capacity Fee Worksheet (Excel).

    Sewer Map
  • Sewer - The City also recently upgraded its wastewater/sewer treatment capacity to 10 million gallons per day. We use a tertiary treatment and have an avg. daily flow of 4 MGD and a maximum daily flow of 5.7 MDG.

    We utilize a capacity fee based calculation rather than a tap fee. This fee utilizes Equivalent Domestic Units (EDUs) to calculate a company's capacity fee. To estimate your project's capacity fees, download our Capacity Fee Worksheet (Excel).

  • Electric - Electric is plentiful and reliable with three providersDelaware Electric Map working in the area -- American Electric Power (6 MW capacity without a dedicated substation), Consolidated Rural Electric Cooperative (20 MW capacity) and Ohio Edison (4 MW capacity without a substation). Two recently built substations flank our major industrial area off of US42.

  • Fiber - Our entire community is covered by Consolidated RuralEnlite Fiber Optic Network Electric's Enlite Fiber Optic Network. Enlite is a Layer 2, transport only, fiber optic network providing carrier transport and connectivity between your business and your choice of service providers. Enlite continues to grow with expansion plans into regional data centers, as well as other carrier meet-points. Learn more by clicking the image.

  • Natural Gas - Columbia Gas of Ohio allows for a 300+ CFH capacity to our businesses.

  • Telephone - Frontier Communications provides land-line basedFrontier Communications Homepage telephone and cable based broadband Internet.

  • Airports - The Delaware Municipal Airport has a 5,000 ft. runway, JetStream corporate jet hangar, Airspace Place airport hangar condos,shuttle and rental car service, meeting space and catering service, mechanics and a flight doctor. We also are only 30 minutes from Port Columbus International Airport and 45 minutes from the Rickenbacker multi-modal airport.

    We recently extended the Delaware Municipal Airport's runway by 800 feet for a total of 5,800 ft.


Once you locate your business in the City of Delaware, you won't want to leave and we are here to make sure that stays true! Our team of Economic Development and Business Concierge Professionals is here to work with you to find opportunities, discover solutions to issues and connect your business with resources of all sorts.

We also stay in touch with you. Each year a team of trained volunteers joins our staff in visiting as many businesses as possible. We are also always a call, email or text away.

Find out more about our Business Retention & Expansion assistance by visiting the BRE page or contact through via our contact info below.

“We have seen tremendous growth and diversification that has transformed the company. We have achieved this due largely to the support of our employees and customers, and also the greater Delaware community.” – Judd Scott, President and COO of V&P Hydraulics


Our Business Concierges will walk you through the entire development process and act as your teammate and liaison with Planning, Engineering, Building, Fire, Police and City Council.

For already annexed and zoned sites, the full pre-development process takes 3 to 4 months from start (for a combined preliminary and final development plan option). A separate preliminary and final development plan requires additional Planning Commission and Council Hearings for each adding around 2 months to the process.

If a site needs to be annexed and zone, the full process will normally take 6 months at minimum due to required annexation waiting periods.

The Shortest Process

  1. Combined Pre-Development/Final Development Plan and Application Submitted - Virtually all engineering and site planning must be complete at application.
  2. Concurrently:
    - Plan Review - 2 to 4 weeks
    - Engineering Review - 2 to 4 weeks
    - Building & Zoning Permit Review - 2 to 4 weeks
  3. Planning Commission cases to be heard concurrently - Planning Commission meets the 1st Wednesday of each month --> City Council cases to be heard concurrently - City Council meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month - This process generally takes 1 to 1.5 months depending on public hearing process.
  4. Permits issued.
With Annexation and Zoning
  1. Annexation petition submitted to City --> City Council passes resolution indicating City can serve property --> Annexation request heard and voted on by County Commissioners --> Application returns to City Council with 60 day waiting period --> Council passes after 60 days (must be before 120 days) -- Council decision subject to 30 day referendum period - Entire annexation process takes 90 to 120 days.
  2. Concurrently, application for rezoning/conditional use is made --> request is heard by Planning Commission --> Planning Commission makes recommendation to Council --> Council takes action - Rezoning/conditional use permits take 1 to 2 months. Surveying and platting also need to be completed during this time.
  3. Steps 1 to 4 in Shortest Process above happen concurrently to the previous to steps. Entire process takes a minimum of 6 months.


Historic Downtown Delaware has achieved a 91% occupancy rate through collaborative efforts. Our, now, incredibly vibrant downtown has leveraged an estimated $70 million in investment with over $200,000 in downtown facade grants, community reinvestment area abatements, state and federal historic tax credits, etc. 

The entertainment and dining district has attracted a fantastic assortment of restaurants, microbreweries, taverns and entertainment retailers. Downtown also is home to the Strand Theatre, an operating first-run movie theater renovated through a partnership between the City, Ohio Wesleyan University and private donors.

A true multi-use district, the second and third floors have been renovated to include high end apartments and office space. Businesses such as marketing, engineering, technology and law firms occupy many of these offices.

Winter Street has become an arts district with the Strand as the anchor. The City Arts Center and Jon'Taar Creative Studio's gallery now occupy space on this strip.

MainStreet Delaware is the non-profit organization that oversees historic preservation and foot traffic generating events and promotions for Downtown Delaware.

In Delaware, a downtown revival spurred by restaurant wave - Columbus Business First


Nearly 2,000 businesses call the City of Delaware home due to the low cost of doing business here, access to labor and access to local, regional and national markets. Find out more about a few of these businesses here.


Sean Hughes M.S.
Economic Development Director
Business Concierge

 Kelsey Scott
 Economic Development  Specialist
 Business Concierge

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