Our Mission

JobsOhio is a private non-profit corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion efforts.

About JobsOhio

Economic development is about creating a place where companies can thrive and individuals can enjoy a higher standard of living. JobsOhio plays a leading role in economic development and serves as a catalyst to accelerate growth by investing in communities, helping Ohio’s businesses expand and attracting new companies to the state – all contributing to job creation, greater payrolls and more investment.

Making a difference is a core value for JobsOhio. Our strategies and programs are designed to improve the lives of Ohioans and strengthen the communities where they live. Here’s how:

  • Nine industry targets with five cross sector strategies: JobsOhio focuses on nine industries and five cross sector strategies that help to diversify Ohio’s economy. These industries and strategies leverage Ohio’s strengths and offer significant future investment and job growth. JobsOhio sector teams partner closely with industry leaders to attract new investment opportunities to the state.
  • A Partner in Business: JobsOhio takes a client-focused approach to projects by listening to companies and addressing their business needs. By partnering with company executives, JobsOhio builds long-term relationships that are unique to JobsOhio’s economic development model.
  • Improving Communities: In addition to company relationships, JobsOhio values its relationship with local economic development partners across the state. JobsOhio has made investments in communities to revitalize sites, authenticate sites for immediate development, and address workforce challenges.
  • Return on Investment for Ohio: JobsOhio makes investment decisions that support a company’s unique project needs while also balancing the return on investment benefits to the state. Along with making smart investments, JobsOhio remains highly transparent and holds companies accountable to deliver their metric commitments through their evaluation periods.
  • Direct and Indirect Results: The impact of JobsOhio on projects extends beyond the reported results. The jobs, payroll and capital investment metrics represent results tied directly to projects. Those metrics do not reflect the projects’ indirect impacts, including construction jobs, supply chain activities and other economic benefits from the investment.

In partnership with our state and local partners, JobsOhio has redefined economic development and epitomizes a model that others are trying to emulate across the country and around the globe.

"JobsOhio has changed the way the state of Ohio presents itself to the world of business.  JobsOhio takes a professionalized regional approach to economic development attraction and expansion; links workforce recruitment to economic investment; responds knowledgeably to attraction and expansion requests with industry-specific expertise; and represents all of the state to the world of investors with coordinated and sophisticated data capabilities."

—Dr. Edward (Ned) Hill
professor of economic development policy, public policy and public finance The Ohio State University

Independent Performance Assessment of JobsOhio

June 14, 2018

In accordance with our commitment to governance and transparency, JobsOhio’s Board is pleased to share the independent performance assessment of JobsOhio conducted by an independent global management consulting firm.

JobsOhio has been recognized with GuideStar's Platinum Seal of Transparency for 2018, the highest level of transparency recognized by GuideStar. JobsOhio received the distinction after its first submission.

Companies across the United States and the world are recognizing that making Ohio home offers a competitive advantage. JobsOhio, a nonprofit corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio, released its 2017 results.

JobsOhio ranks as the No. 3 state economic development organization in the country, according to a new survey of U.S. corporate executives and site selection consultants released at the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Annual Conference.

"The collaborative approach that JobsOhio has taken to improve Ohio's competitiveness is working, both in my district and throughout the state."

—Bill Reineke
Ohio House of Representatives
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Why the JobsOhio Model Works

With a unique business model, JobsOhio operates unlike any other state economic development organization.
David Mustine, senior advisor, JobsOhio
April 5, 2018

JobsOhio has a unique business model. Unlike other state economic development organizations, JobsOhio is a nonprofit company that has a private funding stream and an independent board of directors. This structure is designed for continuity and long-term stability.

JobsOhio History

February 2011: House Bill 1 creates JobsOhio.

June 2011: House Bill 153 authorizes transfer of liquor enterprise to JobsOhio.

July 2011: First JobsOhio board of directors meeting.

February 2013: JobsOhio purchases liquor enterprise from the state.

September 2017: JobsOhio named #3 best economic development organization.