C-pass program helping downtown Columbus companies attract and retain employees

Businesses in downtown Columbus say a program providing “thousands of Downtown workers the ability to ride Central Ohio Transit Authority [COTA] buses free,” C-pass, is helping them both recruit and retain employees, according to a recent article in The Columbus Dispatch. Since June 2018, C-pass “has provided 1.6 million rides and enrolled more than 440 companies and 15,100 employees,” the article reports. A New York City-based company that produces clear teeth aligners, Candid, chose downtown Columbus for its second headquarters site for several reasons: a “thriving business startup scene,” a tax incentive package, and C-pass, according to the article. A survey by the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District found C-pass influenced companies’ decisions to sign or renew leases in C-pass eligible buildings. For more, read the full article.

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