Governor’s Cup/2018 Results
2018 Results a Testament to Ohio’s Team
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.
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The word is out Central Ohio is a wonderful place to live and work. While job opportunities are prevalent, the housing market is a challenge. The headlines are focused on new builds and further directed at greenspace and farmland depletion, zoning, density, affordability, transportation, congestion, the impact on schools, and concerns about community identity. New builds are vital, but the housing puzzle has an overlooked solution piece with abandoned and underutilized property.read more