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8:00pm EDT June 25, 2008

Ted Ford has technology on his side. Ford, the president and CEO of TechColumbus, heads an organization brought together by a group of Central Ohio business, higher education and government leaders to accelerate the growth of the region’s technology economy.

Ford’s charge came from the recognition that Central Ohio was already a tremendous resource of research technology assets that could serve to leverage the development of a new innovation economy in the area.

In 2006, TechColumbus led a regional proposal to the state of Ohio’s Third Frontier Entrepreneurial Signature Program to secure funds over three years todoublethenumberof tech companies formed in Central Ohio. Added to the funding garnered from that proposal, 19 companies and organizations provided even more funding for TechColumbus’ cause.

Today, TechColumbus is reaching out to the business and technology community like never before. Using strategic advocacy, a strong member services program, world-class business formation and incubation services, capital formation, and technology-related real estate development, it is able to fully leverage the area’s capabilities. With new membership offerings and a highly interactive Web presence, the goal has been set to grow membership from 325 to 1,000 by the year 2010. In fulfilling those goals, TechColumbus will double the number of successful tech start-ups in the region during that time and help many entrepreneurs get on their feet. Those efforts are starting to get noticed, as Forbes.com listed Columbus as the No. 1 up-and-coming tech city in March 2008.

HOW TO REACH: TechColumbus, (614) 487-3700 or www.techcolumbus.org