Ohio continues to climb in several annual state business rankings
Matt Waldo, director of research, JobsOhio
Rankings continue to support why Ohio is a great state for business. While there are different and varied factors that contribute to each ranking, there are consistencies that support why Ohio is higher on lists than it has been in previous years. Matt Waldo explores the areas where Ohio has improved as well as where Ohio’s opportunities remain.
Ohio leads the Midwest in attracting growth capital
Matt Waldo, senior manager of research and analysis
Since the early 2000s, a significant shift has occurred in pulling VC funding away from the West Coast. Where is the funding going? It’s heading to the Midwest, and Ohio is leading the way. Ohio is earning national attention for its thriving and continuously growing startup environment.
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.
Every project is a potential win or learning opportunity, and Ohio had both in 2018
Dana Saucier, vice president & head of economic development, JobsOhio
Each year, JobsOhio takes the time to reflect on its current performance in order to build future capability. In 2018, JobsOhio had its best year yet for performance. JobsOhio had many wins and opportunities made for Ohio. Yet it also had some losses and learned from them.
A focus on multiple industries is good for Ohio’s economy
Andrew Deye, managing director, JobsOhio
During the creation of JobsOhio, a business-minded approach was taken to prioritize how the organization would work for the benefit of the state. By focusing on multiple industries, JobsOhio’s efforts have helped to strengthen Ohio’s economy and make it more resilient.
Doing what actually works, not what is assumed to work
Lee Crume, director, global business development, JobsOhio
Ohio’s tax climate is extremely favorable to businesses, especially smaller businesses and it is better to do what will have proven positive results rather than make assumptions. The success of businesses in Ohio is evidence that Ohio’s tax system is working.
Glenn Richardson, managing director for advanced manufacturing, JobsOhio
Ohio’s large workforce, favorable business climate, proximity to suppliers and integrated transportation infrastructure help explain why Ohio is attractive to European companies. Ohio is consistently ranked one of the top investment locations, especially for advanced manufacturing operations, plastics and rubber product manufacturers.