Governor’s Cup/2018 Results

Mar 26, 2019 | News, Newsletter

2018 Results a Testament to Ohio’s Team

 

Glenda Bumgarner,
JobsOhio

 

It takes a team to achieve the results Ohio reached in 2018 and the Governor’s Cup rankings are a testament to that. Site Selection released its annual Governor’s Cup rankings, and Ohio earned the No. 2 spot for total qualified projects in 2018 for the fifth consecutive year and placed third in qualified projects per capita. The recognition makes Ohio, for the third consecutive year, the only state to place in the top three of both categories.

Ohio’s micropolitans once again provided big opportunities for businesses, earning 17 spots in the Top 100 Micropolitans. With 23 investments, Findlay is the No. 1 micropolitan, for the fifth straight year, among the nation’s 551 micropolitan areas. Wooster came in second, while Ashland tied for fifth and Defiance came in eighth. Other Ohio cities making the top 100 list include, in order of rank: Tiffin, Wapakoneta, Fremont, Sidney, Ashtabula, Bellefontaine, Bucyrus, Celina, Zanesville, New Philadelphia-Dover, Norwalk, Salem and Wilmington.

Cincinnati and Columbus both placed in the top 10 list for metropolitans with a population over 1 million, ranking fifth and seventh respectively. Dayton-Kettering ranked number 2 in metropolitans with a population between 200,000 and 1 million, while Toledo came in fourth in the same category.

Congratulations to all of the local partners for the dedication and collaborative spirit you bring to your communities and our state. That collaboration also resulted in a strong year for JobsOhio as we posted record results.

We could not have achieved this success without our local and regional partners. Thank you for your valuable contributions and community perspectives. Because of you, Ohio begins 2019 with a foundation of experience and insights gained along the way to set the stage for companies of all sizes to grow and succeed here.

Our 2018 annual report and 2019 strategic plan was released at the beginning of March. Take a moment to read how our collective economic development efforts make a difference across 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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