Westerville is home to a well-educated regional workforce making the community the ideal home for a headquarters location. The Columbus Region is home to 63 colleges and universities, with almost 40 percent of its population having completed an associate’s degree or higher. Almost 60 percent of Westerville’s population has an associate’s degree or higher. Notably, the Columbus region currently includes 15 Fortune 1000 headquarters operations, including financial and insurance companies, as well as retail company L Brands. The area is also home to many other regional headquarters and corporate office operations. In Westerville, JP Morgan Chase employs almost 5,500, while Mount Carmel Health System reports more than 2,700 employees.
Otterbein University, located in Westerville, offers degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, Finance, Human Resources Management, International Business Management, Management and Marketing. In addition, Otterbein offers an interdisciplinary major in Systems Engineering, which also provides students the opportunity to participate in a pathway program at Columbus State Community College.
The Ohio State University (OSU), located in Columbus, has been recognized as the 16th best public university by U.S. News and World Report and was ranked 9th among U.S. public research universities based on research expenditures. The OSU Fisher College of Business offers bachelor’s and graduate degrees in Accounting, Economics, Finance, Human Resources, Information Systems, Insurance, International Business, Logistics, Marketing, Operations, Real Estate and Risk Management.
Columbus State Community College in Columbus offers programs in Business and Marketing, as well as Computers and Interactive Media.
The Port Columbus International Airport is located 10 miles from Westerville and is served by 15 airlines and their regional partners, including American, Air Canada, Delta, Southwest, United and U.S. Airways. These airlines provide more than 150 daily flights to 34 cities, including Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Phoenix and Toronto.
Westerville is also home to a unique city-owned data center and the associated telecommunications infrastructure, including dark fiber rings, to support the technology needs of corporate and regional headquarters.