Columbus CEO economic survey results find optimism for 2021

 Columbus CEO economic survey results find optimism for 2021

Some Columbus companies and other organizations are doing more than just talk when it comes to to addressing issues of race and inclusion.

They’re putting money to work at their organization by either establishing a diversity, equity and inclusion budget or increasing the amount of money that’s been set aside for such efforts, according to Columbus CEO’s latest survey on economic conditions in the region.

Of the C-suite executives in companies, nonprofits and government agencies who were surveyed, 63 percent said they had a budget for DEI with 20 percent of those surveyed saying a budget for such efforts was established in the past year. Meanwhile, 19 percent say they’ve increased their existing budget.

“That was really heartening,” says economic Bill LaFayette, owner of economic consulting firm Regionomics who completed the analysis for CEO.

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