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Upper Arlington’s Economic Development Division, housed in the City Manager’s Office, provides a wide scope of services to existing, new, and expanding businesses, including our award winning streamlined review and zoning process. Whether you’re a Fortune 500 company or a small business just starting out, we want you to be successful in our community. We can assist in finding the right location and will serve as your liaison through the city’s licensing, development, review and permitting processes. We will respond to your specific needs and make it our goal to bring your vision to fruition. 

If you are looking for a community to call home for your business, look no further than Upper Arlington. If you are looking for an educated workforce, an active business community, easy access to the Central Ohio region and services that are second to none, you’ve found the right place. In 2014 alone, Nerdwallet ranked Upper Arlington as the ninth most educated place in America and Business Insider ranked Upper Arlington the best suburb in Central Ohio, the second best in the state and the sixth best in the nation.

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Joe Henderson

Joseph P Henderson is the City’s Economic Development Director. Joe has been with the City since 2015 and previously worked for the City of Pickerington as City Planner (2005-2011) and Development Services Director (2011-2015). Prior to coming to the Columbus Region, Joe worked as an economic development consultant for Bay Area Economic in Washington D.C & San Francisco.

Joe has a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Cincinnati. He serves on several boards in Upper Arlington and the region. Currently he is President of the Mid-Ohio Development Exchange (MODE), and is an Ex-Officio board member for the Tri-Village Chamber Partnership. He is also a 2017 graduate of the Leadership UA program.

Joe participated in the United States of America, Department of State’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) reciprocal Professional Fellowship Program. He traveled to the Philippines in early 2018 to work with the Municipality of Rizal to help develop and grow their economic development initiatives.

Outside the office, Joe is active in Alpha Rho Chi (APX), a co-ed professional national fraternity for architecture and the allied arts, he served as the National Vice President from 2011-2013. He is a founding member of the University of Cincinnati’s chapter. His love for walkable communities and high quality architecture has guided his travels around the U.S.




Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012-16 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates.



Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012-16 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates.

  • Less than 9th Grade .3%
  • 9th-12th Grade, No Diploma 1%
  • High School Graduate/GED 8.7%
  • Some College, No Degree 12.2%
  • Associate's Degree 3.8%
  • Bachelor's Degree 38.6%
  • Graduate or Professional Degree 35.4%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012-16 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates.

  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting & Mining .3%
  • Construction 3.3%
  • Manufacturing 5.3%
  • Wholesale Trade 3.3%
  • Retail Trade 7.2%
  • Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities 2.8%
  • Information 1.7%
  • Finance, Insurance & Real Estate 10.4%
  • Professional, Scientific, Administrative & Waste Management 17.1%
  • Educational, Health Care & Social Assistance 35.4%
  • Arts, Entertainment, Recreation, Accommodation & Food Services 5.3%
  • Other Services (except Public Administration) 3.6%
  • Public Administration 4.3%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012-16 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates.



CRA provides real property tax abatement to the owner of the commercial property. The term and percentage of tax abatement is based on project investment, the number of jobs created/retained, and annual income tax revenue generated for the City.


Forgivable Loan Program – Provides forgivable loans to new and expanding businesses that demonstrate a commitment to locate and expand within Upper Arlington, improve real property and/or create new jobs with increased income tax revenues for the City. The term and value of the loan/grant is based on total annual income tax, project investment, and the number of jobs created/retained for the City.


EZ provides real property tax abatement on the increased appraised value of new or expanding facilities. The term and percentage of tax abatement is based on project investment, the number of jobs created/retained, and annual income tax for the City. The program encompasses the entire City.


TIF’s allow future property tax revenue generated from increased assessed real property values to be utilized to make public improvements that benefit the properties within the district. A significant advantage is the ability of the City to borrow for these improvements by leveraging tax collections. If your company is interesting in investing in a new development/redevelopment project within the City then you may qualify to receive a TIF.


The Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) was founded to aid the City in supporting economic development activities. The CIC is composed of both public and private board members. With this diverse membership, the CIC is perfectly situated to help guide economic development activities in the City.

The CIC aids the City in economic development activities in the following areas:

  • Policy & Incentive Review: Helping to structure, create and review economic development policies and incentive agreements;
  • Development Potential Review: Selecting target areas and sites for in-depth analysis to determine how to best market and position the areas/sites for commercial use;
  • Land Acquisition: Helping to acquire or transfer land when and where appropriate;
  • Relationship Building: Providing opportunities for City officials and administrators to meet with developers and businesses that otherwise would not be available without the relationships that CIC board members possess.

CIC is well positioned to capitalize on economic development opportunities that will help your business thrive in Upper Arlington. Explore City Council – Boards & Commissions page for CIC Roster and meetings.


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