Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman announced on June 27 that he is recommending a 25-percent, five-year jobs growth incentive to assist Progressive Casualty Insurance Co. in consolidating local operations at 3219 Morse Road.

Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman announced on June 27 that he is recommending a 25-percent, five-year jobs growth incentive to assist Progressive Casualty Insurance Co. in consolidating local operations at 3219 Morse Road.

The planned expansion of Progressive, which has already received the blessing of the Northland Community Council's development committee, would bring 75 jobs to Columbus, according to the mayor's announcement.

The company will invest $4.75 million in the property, with work on the project expected to begin in July. The estimated completion date is March 2012.

"I congratulate Progressive Casualty Insurance for bucking these tough economic tides and creating new jobs for our community," Coleman said in a statement. "Progressive is an example of the renewed strength of the Morse Road corridor, and it's one of the reasons why Columbus is the best city for jobs in the Midwest."


Councilman Zachary M. Klein said there is "a momentum of development all along Morse Road" from I-71 east to Easton.

"We welcome the expansion of Progressive and look forward to more companies realizing the benefits of operating in this important economic corridor," he said in a press release.