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Business is brisk and versatile in Columbus and Lowndes County.

Downtown Columbus attracts shoppers who enjoy strolling sidewalks and walking into individual stores, while mall activity is active, too. There are two major malls in Columbus, Leigh Mall and University Mall, both on Hwy. 45, with many others conveniently located throughout the city. A busy new shopping area is Lehmberg Crossing (Hwy. 182), on the east side of town, while other new shopping areas such as Jackson Square (Hwy. 45) enjoy popular patronage, as well. Littlewoods Shopping Center (Wilkins-Wise Road), The Shops at Brickerton (Military Road), Gateway Shopping Center (Hwy. 182), Kroger Plaza (Hwy. 45), Columbus Centre (Hwy. 45), all have a nice selection of upscale shops.

Business Development Center


The Business Development Center is a Chamber project and it is doing quite well. Shared services is the major offering of this business incubator located on McCrary Road in east Columbus and cost efficiency is one reason for its success. Start-up businesses, small business, or one-person businesses can operate under one roof in a sheltered environment and share resources, among them rent, receptionist, business library, shipping/receiving, conference room, mail service, bulk loading and management consulting. For more information, call 662.327.7796.

Columbus Lowndes Economic Development Association

Economic growth and development is the concern of most everyone in the region, though seeing that it actually happens is the responsibility of the Columbus Lowndes Economic Development Association, known as CLEDA. What is so often forgotten by most everyone but CLEDA is that 85 percent of economic growth comes from existing industries that expand, and luckily for this region, many companies have expanded; at least a dozen or so in the past year.

New development includes major investments announced by two power generating plants, Calpine and Cogentrix, each of which represent major investments and a considerable boost to the local economy; also a new electrical storage facility, Regenysis.

CLEDA is the contact for property available at industrial parks and other available sites, as well as a spec building ready for occupancy. The Golden Triangle Industrial Park, located near the Golden Triangle Regional Airport, offers 700 acres with utilities already in place. Energy is supplied by TVA through 4-County EPA and a three-phase power supply on site. Natural gas is provided by Mississippi Valley Gas, and water comes from on-site deep wells, provided and maintained by Columbus Light and Water, the municipal utility. Sanitary sewer service is also on site and an industrial sewage treatment facility is available. Transportation is provided by air, rail, highway, with the waterway 10 miles away.

Riverside Industrial Park is at the Lowndes County Port. It’s an intermodal facility that sits on 271 prime acres, and offers water and rail transportation, with highway and air close by. For detailed information on these and other parks and sites, call CLEDA at 662.328.8369 or 800.748.8882.

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