Marion CAN DO
Marion, Ohio (pop. 38,000), is located 45 minutes north of Columbus on U.S. 23. As the county seat of Marion County (pop. 68,000), Marion is a community with a rich heritage and a bright future. The nation's 29th president, Warren G. Harding launched his "front porch campaign" from his home in Marion, which today is preserved and open for tours by the Ohio Historical Society.
Through the years, Marion's influence has been felt as steam shovels built here dug the Panama Canal and the Marion-built crawler moves space shuttles to their launch pads at Cape Canaveral. Every package of Cracker Jack consumed around the world is made in Marion.
Today, Marion is a forward-looking community with all the ingredients required to serve a growing mix of businesses including food, automotive, plastics and metals manufacturing, software development, telecommunications, health-care and financial services. In Marion County you'll find:
· Over three million square feet of existing distribution and manufacturing space, some with high bays, cranes and rail service. · Over 300 acres of ready-to-go industrial park space at Marion's Dual Rail Industrial Park and Airport Industrial Park. · Multiple training options through Marion Technical College, Tri-Rivers Career Center and the Marion Branch of The Ohio State University.
· New high schools, middle schools and elementary buildings following a $150 million school building program. · Ample recreational and shopping opportunities including a vibrant downtown district with its restored Palace Theatre, Southland Shopping Mall, major retailers, golf courses, the Marion Country Club and three state parks within a half hour drive. · Housing options including in-town, country, historical, upscale and median priced subdivisions, as well as a variety of apartments and condos.
While Marion offers the convenience and friendliness of a smaller community, less than an hour away are the amenities of the Columbus metropolitan area, featuring the main campus of The Ohio State University, NHL hockey (Blue Jackets), NSL soccer (Crew), the Columbus and Central Ohio Symphony orchestras, and varied shopping and dining venues.