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15,000 IT-related jobs and 15,000 business-process-outsourcing (BPO) jobs

View the Cincinnati USA Partnership's information technology industry profile

Cincinnati USA profits from a robust and diverse IT ecosystem with a strong network of highly-rated academic institutions, a breadth of global IT service providers, world class infrastructure, passionate and engaged IT leadership, as well as nine Fortune 500 and six Fortune 1000 companies.

Cincinnati USA offers everything needed to establish a successful IT business, a new Internet startup, a business relocating from another part of North America, or an international firm expansion, including:

  • Rich Customer/ User Base- More Fortune 500 company headquarters per capita than all but five cities in the US.
  • Strong Educational System Producing Top Talent- More than 10 local institutions generating 1000+ technocrats annually (people with various technical degrees, including Associates, Bachelors, and Masters).
  • Top IT Infrastructure- Tier-1 technology at Tier-2 prices
  • Innovation Support- Multiple innovation centers, incubators and technology parks.
  • Access to Capital- Renowned venture capital, private equity firms and banks.

These are just a few of the reasons why firms like Tata Consultancy Services chose Cincinnati USA as their North American service delivery headquarters, and Citigroup located a major IT center (1000+ employees) in the region.

A Strong Foundation in IT
Many notable technology companies were born in Cincinnati USA. These range from mature industry players like Cincom and Nielsen BuzzMetrics to emerging upstarts like Bluespring and Hyperquake, as well as technology-enabled businesses such as Paycor and Convergys.

Supporting new business ventures is a strong entrepreneurial network of business incubators, mentors and angel/venture capital groups. In fact, Entrepreneur Magazine rated Cincinnati USA on of the Top 20 markets for entrepreneurship and "Best bet for lowest failure rate."

While emerging business start-ups continue to enhance the region's IT diversity, the backbone of Cincinnati USA's IT ecosystem is its impressive core of diverse Fortune 500 companies that have based their headquarters here:
American Financial Group
Macy's Inc.
Ashland, Inc
Fifth Third Bancorp
Procter & Gamble
General Cable
Western & Southern Financial
The Kroger Co.

Industry Leaders/ IT Users
Importantly, many of Cincinnati USA's companies are clear leaders in their industry. For example, Kroger is the largest U.S. grocery retailer, while Procter & Gamble is the world's consumer packaged goods (CPG) leader with 23 billion-dollar brands. The CIO's of the top 20 IT organizations in Cincinnati USA control combined annual IT budgets exceeding $3 billion. Several companies, including Fidelity Investments, have located major service centers in the region, while others, such as Procter & Gamble and Citigroup, have chosen Cincinnati USA as the site for Innovation Centers.

In addition to the industry breadth of these companies, the region boasts a significant concentration in certain sectors, such as financial services and consumer/retail. Much like major logistic providers and other retail service providers flocked to Arkansas to do business directly with Wal-Mart, Cincinnati USA is the home of a large collection of branding/advertising agencies and market research firms. To meet the needs of major customers, these companies push the envelope on digital marketing and technology-enabled research/analytics.

There are an estimated 15,000 IT-related jobs in Cincinnati USA and an additional 15,000 jobs in the business process-outsourcing (BPO) industry. Employee retention in Cincinnati USA outpaces national averages due to the breadth of career opportunities, quality and cost of living, and the availability of strong continuing education programs.

Top Educational Support
Cincinnati USA offers a range of options for career preparation with numerous training and research institutions. In close proximity are an abundance of educational options offering programs in IT-related fields:

  • Established at the University of Cincinnati (UC) in 1906, cooperative education (co-op) alternates classroom terms with paid, professional work terms. Annually, UC places more than 3,000 Computer Science, Information Technology, and Information Systems students in co-op jobs.
  • Cincinnati State Technical and Community College ranks first in the country in co-op placements among two-year colleges. The college enrolls 900+ students in nine IT majors, including programming and software development, network systems, information services and support and multimedia information design.
  • Northern Kentucky University's College of Informatics offers Bachelor and Master Degree programs in business informatics, computer science and communication.
  • Xavier University offers undergraduate degrees in Computer Science, Information Systems, and Information Technology.
  • Miami University offers traditional management information systems as well as software engineering and computer science programs.
  • A host of other nearby public and private colleges including the University of Dayton, Wright State University, Ohio State University, Thomas More College, the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville, and Indiana University offer information technology related programs.
  • Additionally, a large concentration of universities and proprietary schools within 100 miles of Cincinnati USA offer IT-related training, including:
    • Business Analysis
    • ITAL
    • Project Management
    • Microsoft
    • Oracle
    • Java
    • Cisco

For more information on the region's information technology cluster, please contact the Cincinnati USA Partnership at 513-579-3721 or the City of Cincinnati Economic Development Division at 513-352-2499 or



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