Gahanna, Ohio is a progressive and diverse community with a rich history and a bright future. For many years Gahanna has been among the leading communities in Central Ohio for residential, commercial, and industrial development. Known as the Herb Capital of Ohio, Gahanna has been the recipient of numerous community and economic development awards including being designated by Money Magazine as one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live. Public sector leadership has continually recognized the type of development needed for the City to prosper. Whether it was expanding the industrial business base after rapid growth in the residential population or revitalizing the core of downtown Gahanna when the City had grown its territorial boundaries. Gahanna public sector leaders have strategically made investments that have secured the city’s long term success and sustainability.
An Innovative Past
In the late 1970s, Gahanna’s leadership recognized the need to guide and direct development within the community. Then a city of approximately 16,000 people, Gahanna’s residential population was rapidly growing and due to its prime location near the airport, major highways, and railway, the City was in a position to grow its industrial sector. In 1978, the City took an unprecedented action and invested $2.25 million to purchase 103 acres of land in the southern portion of the City known as The Industrial Zone (TIZ). The issuance of revenue bonds to invest in land and related infrastructure was designed to stimulate private investment in industrial facilities and to increase new job opportunities.