Though Peloton may have dealt the state a blow last month when it pulled out of a $400 million project near Toledo, there is more good news on the economic development front. According to Site Selection magazine, the Buckeye State ranks second in the nation for total projects overall and fourth in the country for projects per capita.
“Ohio’s consistently high rankings highlight the competitive advantages of our communities of all sizes and the talent, work ethic and ingenuity of the people of Ohio,” Gov. Mike DeWine said. “This is further evidence that Ohio is a business-friendly state with the solutions companies need to compete and thrive in the global marketplace.”
Site Selection is looking for business projects with significant impact such as headquarters, manufacturing facilities, research and development operations and logistics sites. State and community officials have done a good job over the past few years in attracting plenty of those kinds of projects. It is an effort that must only increase.
“Ohio is in the midst of a generational opportunity as families, businesses and investors are finding tremendous value in Ohio’s perfect balance between growing your business and career with an affordable quality of life,” according to J.P. Nauseef, JobsOhio president and CEO. “As more businesses look to establish new operations from overseas or away from the costly coasts, they are discovering that Ohio is the right choice to invest and succeed.”
It takes sustained, concerted effort to do this kind of work for Ohioans. Keep your feet on the accelerators, folks.