In March 2019, I joined the JobsOhio team and determined my first priority was to meet with our local economic development partners across the great state of Ohio. My goal was to understand your experiences with us, learn where we exceeded your expectations, and hear your ideas on ways to improve our partnership. Economic development has always been a team effort, so I wanted to engage the team, and indeed you engaged with us!
Throughout southeastern Ohio, West Virginia, and across Kentucky, a series of business incubators, accelerators, makerspaces, and support organizations provide a network for entrepreneurs to start, grow, and expand their businesses. But, does the investment move the needle in the local economy? The data show that they do.
Across Ohio, water and wastewater infrastructure is in disrepair, reliability and water quality is diminishing, compliance with health and environmental regulations is at risk, and government-owned utilities are behind the 8-ball. The situation threatens local budgets and the ability to attract employers.
Wilmington, OH – Five parties – the Clinton County Board of Commissioners, City of Wilmington, Wilmington Community Improvement Corporation, Clinton County Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Clinton County Port Authority – have committed to launching a comprehensive, collaborative county¬wide economic development program. The initiative, with funding from all five organizations, will be facilitated and managed by the Clinton County Port Authority and will create a single point of contact for economic development activity, existing businesses, and those companies considering locating in Clinton County, Ohio.
For years, the Gulf Coast was recognized as the place in North America for energy investment. Today, energy investors are turning their gaze to Ohio.
As you know, Ohio sits atop much of the Utica and Marcellus shale formations, a source of vast amounts of natural gas. This has largely contributed to a rising interest from energy companies in investing in Ohio. These shale formations have brought about more investment opportunities, no matter where in the state companies choose to invest.