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Columbus Uses Incentives To Lure Jobs From Madison County

Columbus city leaders say they’re bringing more jobs to the capital city with two incentive-laden deals. One deal seems to go against a pact to not poach jobs from neighboring communities. A press release from Mayor Michael Coleman’s office says city council wants to use a five-year, 50 percent Columbus Downtown office incentive deal to help software developer Pillar Technology Group add about 40 jobs. Another deal announced Monday will mean about 37 full-time jobs coming to Columbus from London in Madison County. The city will use what officials call a jobs growth incentive of 25 percent to attract the trucking operations from Unique Leasing to Columbus, and let the company create about 40 more positions. In late 2011, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman was one of several area mayors who signed a pact to not poach job from neighboring cities. All of the cities involved in the pact are located in Franklin County. The mayor’s office and the city development officials did not immediately respond to phone calls seeking comment. SOC