Gratitude for Unprecedented Year of Local Partnerships & Performance Outcomes

Dec 16, 2018 | News, Newsletter

Dr. Glenda Bumgarner,
JobsOhio, Senior Director of External Engagement

While recently reflecting on this past year’s successes and opportunities for 2019, my thoughts centered on the depth and breadth of local partnership engagements, especially in my focus-area with elected and non-elected officials including the mayors, commissioners and economic development practitioners throughout Ohio.

In addition to the project-specific discussions the JobsOhio team hosted with you and businesses located in your community, I had the pleasure of hosting hundreds of conversations throughout the state as well. Your insights and feedback were invaluable as we worked together to help strengthen community preparedness, awareness, and share best practices.

The execution of life-changing economic development strategies has always been a team effort. I am pleased to share with you that our partnering is working as evidenced by this month’s announcement in Ernst & Young’s 2018 US Investment Monitor. Ohio earned the No. 1 spot for the second year in a row in jobs and projects! This outcome was only possible because of your commitment to excellence and passion to advance the economic prosperity of Ohioans.

On behalf of the JobsOhio team, thank you for an exceptional year of collaboration and engagement. May 2019 bring another year of unprecedented results!

Groundbreaking Celebration in Chillicothe

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On April 24, 2019, the community celebrated the groundbreaking for a new paint facility that will improve efficiency and preserve the quality of The World’s Best Truck.  The project represents $140 million in capital investment and will bring 100 new, great paying jobs to Ross County upon its completion in 2021.  The Kenworth Chillicothe plant, which opened in 1974, currently employs more than 2300 people.  In addition to the new paint facility, a $30 million robotic cab assembly system will be installed this summer.

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A Message from JobsOhio President J.P. Nauseef Partner Engagement Update – We’re Listening!

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!

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Business Incubation and Accelerators Significantly Add to Local Economies

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.

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