JACKSON – The JobsOhio Board of Directors held its quarterly public meeting in Jackson, which included a review of JobsOhio’s performance and financial position, along with industry and regional updates.
Year-to-date through August, JobsOhio worked on 172 projects with companies that committed to create 12,734 new jobs, retain 30,184 jobs, and invest $4.2 billion in new capital.
“We are seeing a significant gain in capital investment, which is up 56 percent over the same period last year,” said John Minor, JobsOhio President and Chief Investment Officer. Minor added that the project pipeline remains strong, exceeding last year’s pipeline, and also discussed JobsOhio’s recent investment of resources in its SiteOhio redevelopment and revitalization programs.
JobsOhio Director for Food and Agribusiness Joe Needham provided an industry update and highlighted Ohio’s competitive advantages, including its proximity to population, abundant water, power and workforce, and transportation assets. Bellisio Foods Sr. VP of Operations Mike Evans and General Mills Plant Manager Carolyn Mendel both cited these resources as reasons each company continues to grow in Jackson County.
Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth (APEG) CEO John Molinaro provided an update on the developments in the southeastern region of Ohio. He said APEG’s will continue to focus on its Ohio River strategy, shale development, high-tech manufacturing and wood products.
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 works with six regional partners across Ohio: Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth, Columbus 2020, Dayton Development Coalition, REDI Cincinnati, Regional Growth Partnership and Team NEO. Learn more at www.jobsohio.com. Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.