Columbus Lands 160 Jobs At New Credit Card Data Center

Gov. John Kasich talks with Carlos Minetti, an executive vice president at Discover Financial Services.(Photo: karen Kasler, Ohio Public Radio)
Gov. John Kasich talks with Carlos Minetti, an executive vice president at Discover Financial Services.(Photo: karen Kasler, Ohio Public Radio)

More than 160 jobs will be coming in to northeast Columbus to work in a $76 milion data center for a credit card company.

Discover Financial Services announced it will open the data center in 2013, not far from an operation center it now runs in New Albany, where 1,500 employees now work.

Gov. John Kasich says the competition for the facility was fierce, and he was worried Ohio would lose the project to Arizona or South Carolina.

“Not just that, but we would have lost people, too. We wouldn’t have lost (all Discover jobs, but we would have lost people,” Kasich says.

The state is offering Discover a tax credit worth a little more than $4 million, and the city is offering property and other tax breaks.

The company will lease the building from the city of Columbus and Franklin County.

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