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:
- Expand the availability of Ohio sites and buildings for companies that want to invest in the state.
- Create programs to support revitalization.
- Make investments that make Ohio more competitive in in-demand fields, including innovation districts, broadband, autonomous mobility, and R&D.
- Offset the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.
- Improve underserved communities.
- Improve Ohio’s workforce and attract high-quality talent to the state through a variety of talent initiatives.
As we celebrate a decade of difference-making, JobsOhio plans to continue its working with partners to strengthen our state for years to come.
JobsOhio is a private nonprofit corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion efforts.
10 Year Impact
Since its founding in 2011, JobsOhio has helped to impact Ohio by bringing about:
new jobs created with $10 billion in payroll
jobs retained with $35 billion in payroll
in capital investment
JobsOhio 2020 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 Payroll
"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."
professor of economic development policy, public policy and public finance The Ohio State University
History of JobsOhio
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.
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.
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.