Global Engagement Adds to Ohio’s Job Pipeline

Jun 20, 2017 | News

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Foreign direct investment (FDI) benefits Ohio’s economy in many ways and is playing a major role in contributing to Ohio’s job pipeline. First quarter results show that Ohio projects overall are up 13.5 percent and job numbers are up 34 percent compared to this time last year, thanks in part to FDI. International investment in Ohio is up more than 11 percent from last year, leading to a 68.5 percent increase in FDI-related jobs.

In the first quarter, international companies from Europe and the Middle East committed to expanding in Ohio, including Borgers, a German automotive supplier, and Alkermes, a growing biopharmaceutical company from Ireland.

Trade shows like 2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington, D.C., attended this week by JobsOhio and economic development partners from across the state, have been an important source of new international investment in the past. Ohio’s team made crucial connections at SelectUSA in 2015 that attracted Italy-based Sofidel to central Ohio, creating 310 jobs and a nearly $260 million investment. Connections made at that same event resulted in U.K.-based Mineral Insulated Cable Company’s choice of Northwest Ohio earlier this month as its U.S. entry point.

JobsOhio and its partners hope to once again make and nurture strong connections with global investors from numerous industries looking to expand and hopefully bring jobs to Ohio.

Capitalizing on rural corporate site location opportunities

Rural communities are prime targets for companies considering a corporate site location project. Rural areas in the U.S. cover 97 % of the nation’s land area but contain 19.3 % of the population who are more likely to own a single family home, are older and less likely to hold a bachelor’s degree or be in poverty than their urban counters.

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AEP Names Wells Vice President, Sales, Economic and Business Development

American Electric Power (Nasdaq: AEP) has promoted Timothy J. Wells to vice president, Sales, Economic and Business Development, effective Nov. 2, 2020. Wells replaces Mark James who retired last month.

Wells, 55, will lead AEP’s efforts to attract new commercial and industrial customers to its service territory and help existing customers take advantage of AEP’s growing menu of business consultation services. AEP has unique expertise in the energy field and has become a trusted energy advisor to many of its larger customers. Wells will be responsible for leading growth in services that fall outside of the distribution and transmission of electricity, in addition to helping communities bring new jobs to their local economies.

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