New businesses impacting the local economy


COLUMBUS Ga.- With the local economy  recovering after the recession, opportunities are opening up in the Valley for new entertainment centers.

Bill Murphy, the Executive Vice President of Economic Development at the Columbus Chamber of Commerce,says entertainment centers like “Launch Trampoline Park” and the bowling alley “Stars and Strikes” are coming to Columbus because there are a lot of opportunities for growth and there is a need for more family oriented entertainment centers.

“Anytime a company comes in and invests in retrofitting their facility or building a new facility that not only impacts us because their investing in the community, but they have spinoff impacts as well. Not only are they hiring people, but those people that they hire are spending money in other Columbus businesses as well.” said Bill Murphy.

The new businesses in the area are also bringing the unemployment rate down.

Georgia officials say the unemployment rate has dropped to 7.3%, compared to 9.5% last year.

The chamber of commerce says national research plays a big role in bringing business to Columbus

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