The business environment of Columbus and Lowndes County is vibrant, productive, and growing. It’s the perfect location for your business.
Connected to the World
As the County Seat for Lowndes County, Columbus is situated in Northeast Mississippi, 10 miles west of the Alabama state line. Columbus is the major city of the “Golden Triangle” and is recognized as the regional healthcare, employment, education and transportation center for Northeast Mississippi and Northwest Alabama.
The city is a two-hour or less drive from Birmingham, AL, and Jackson, MS and less than three-hour drive from Memphis, TN. U. S. Highways 82 and 45 intersect in Lowndes County, enabling the populace to connect to three interstates—I-20, I-55, and I-49 and I-22 Corridor—within an hour or less.
Ease of Transportation
Mississippi’s third largest commercial airport, Golden Triangle Regional Airport (GTRA), is conveniently located here. Connecting to international airports in Atlanta, GA, via Delta Air Lines, ExpressJet, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Air France, three of the top ten destinations for passengers flying out of GTRA are Atlanta, GA, Washington, DC and New York, NY. Ten percent of all airport traffic is flying internationally.
The Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, the nation’s newest inland waterway, runs through the county. It connects the Tennessee River to the Tombigbee River. The Tenn-Tom provides commercial, industrial and recreational opportunities.
Education and Culture
The County’s citizenry is a melting pot of diversity emerging from Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi University for Women, and East Mississippi Community College- Golden Triangle Campus, all of which are located in Lowndes County. Also, Mississippi State University and the University of Alabama are short distances away. The friendly city preserves its past and promotes its future. There’s something for everyone here. The area offers mild winters, outstanding cultural events, fishing tournaments, hunting, award-winning golf courses, dirt track racing, boating, antebellum home tours, excellent education, mall and boutique shopping, and SEC SPORTS!
Success in Economic Development
The area’s industrial growth is extraordinary with over $10 billion invested and 10,000± jobs created since 2003. The community’s landscape is changing as new manufacturing facilities, training facilities, schools, churches, hotels and restaurants are being constructed to meet the needs of a growing community.