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JobsOhio Celebrates 10 Years

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.

A lot can happen in a decade. Ten years ago, Ohio faced the aftermath of the Great Recession with unemployment in the double digits and a net loss of 400,000 jobs since 2007. The state ranked 48th in its prospects for growth and job creation. Businesses were leaving Ohio. Something had to change.

That something came in the form of JobsOhio.

Since its establishment in 2011, JobsOhio has helped to boost innovation and drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio. This is made possible through strong partnerships with regional and local economic development partners, elected and appointed officials, the business community, public and private institutions, the state of Ohio, and countless others.

Over these past 10 years, JobsOhio has helped to:

As we celebrate a decade of difference-making, JobsOhio plans to continue its working with partners to strengthen our state for years to come.

Our Mission

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

JobsOhio 2021 Results

JobsOhio works collaboratively with regional and local economic development partners across the state to help companies create and retain jobs and payroll and support capital investment.


New Jobs



New Payroll


Retained Jobs



Capital Investment

"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


History of JobsOhio

February 14
Signing of House Bill 1 allows for the creation of JobsOhio.
JobsOhio convenes first JobsOhio Network Meeting.
June 30
House Bill 153 authorizes transfer of liquor enterprise to JobsOhio.
July 5
JobsOhio begins operations – articles of incorporation.
July 11
First JobsOhio board of directors meeting.
January 20
JobsOhio signs first Operational Services Agreement with the Ohio Development Services Agency, allowing JobsOhio to represent and negotiate incentive deals on behalf of the state of Ohio.
JobsOhio purchases liquor enterprise from the state.
JobsOhio programs (JobsOhio Economic Development Grant, JobsOhio Loan, JobsOhio Workforce Grant) are approved by board and launched.
JobsOhio begins funding of Network Partners ($8.9M).
Launch of Revitalization Pilot Program – speculative development program for redeveloping properties.
a. Launch of SiteOhio.
a. Launch of R&D Center Grant Program.
Launch of Talent Acquisition Services.
Launch of New Site Selection Tool (zoomprospector).
JobsOhio named #3 best economic development organization in Development Counsellors International’s Winning Strategies survey.
JobsOhio Beverage System receives AA+ bond rating.
Launch of FindYourOhio.
Launch of the Cincinnati Innovation District.
Up to $500M set aside for COVID-19 response, $250M for PPE, and $250M for 10 new programs.
Launch of the Cleveland Innovation District.
Launch of the Columbus Innovation District.

A Trusted Partner

We have a commitment to doing what’s right and acting with integrity. We believe that being clear about our intentions is the first step in establishing trust.

Careers with JobsOhio

Ohioans are at the heart of what makes Ohio unique. At JobsOhio we know this firsthand. Our dedicated employees love Ohio and work tirelessly to make our state a great home for businesses and people. If you are passionate about Ohio and want to make a difference, visit our “Careers with JobsOhio” page to learn more about why we do what we do and how you can be a part of our mission.

JobsOhio Reports Strong Momentum While Building New Strategies for the Future

Under new leadership, JobsOhio had its second-best year for new payroll commitments and third-best year for capital investment
February 28, 2020

Ohio: Getting to the Heart of Economic Development

Ohio: Getting to the Heart of Economic Development

Amazon’s latest expansion in Ohio highlights the unique mix of assets that continue to draw global businesses to the state
Dana A. Saucier, vice president & head of economic development, JobsOhio
August 19, 2019

Ohio’s unique set of assets help it stand out when companies seek to relocate or expand in the state.

JobsOhio’s Five-Year Aspirations

Independent performance assessment guides JobsOhio strategy
Andrew Deye, managing director, JobsOhio
March 4, 2019

JobsOhio leverages the findings of the McKinsey & Company independent performance assessment to set goals. By employing sound strategies and taking smart, calculated risks, JobsOhio and its economic development partners across the state are striving to better serve companies and Ohio.

Understanding JobsOhio's Funding

JobsOhio’s funding model is unlike the funding model for any economic development organization in the country in that absolutely no tax dollars or other public dollars are used to support it. JobsOhio is a private nonprofit corporation wholly funded by an independent private source – the profits from the JobsOhio Beverage System (JOBS) liquor enterprise.