FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 1, 2017
Ohio Dominates Site Selection’s 2016 Governor’s Cup Rankings
Ohio ranks No. 2 overall and No. 3 in both total projects and projects per capita
COLUMBUS — From the top metropolitans to the 935 cities and villages throughout the state, Ohio offers the full package when it comes to business attraction and growth. According to Site Selection magazine’s Governor’s Cup 2016 rankings, Ohio earned the No. 2 spot overall for total projects for the fourth consecutive year as well as No. 3 in projects per capita.
Cincinnati and Columbus both placed in the top 10 list for Tier 1 Metros (population over 1 million). Dayton and Toledo earned top 10 rankings as well in the Tier 2 Metros category (population between 200,000 and 1 million).
Not to be outdone by their larger counterparts, Ohio micropolitans, defined as cities of 10,000 to 50,000 people, earned 17 spots in the Top 100 Micropolitans. Editors named Findlay the No. 1 overall micropolitan. The additional Top 100 Ohio micropolitans include: Wooster, Celina, Defiance, Portsmouth, Tiffin, Fremont, New Philadelphia-Dover, Marion, Sidney, Wapakoneta, Ashtabula, Greenville, Norwalk, Ashland, Cambridge and Chillicothe.
“We appreciate the hard work and collaboration of our regional network and local economic development partners throughout the state that have again helped make Ohio a top state for attracting jobs and investment,” said JobsOhio President and Chief Investment Officer John Minor. “JobsOhio will continue listening to our clients and building on new programs that will best help their businesses grow and succeed in Ohio.”
New programs initiated or launched in 2016 include:
- A $50 million Research & Development (R&D) Center Grant Program to support the development and commercialization of emerging products and technologies
- The talent acquisition service, a unique identification and cultivation program that directly engages and connects skilled workers with companies
- The SiteOhio Authentication, a robust site selection tool that allows site selectors to find a site perfectly suited for a company looking to locate or expand in Ohio
Site Selection has awarded the Governor’s Cup annually since 1988 to the state with the most new and expanded corporate facilities as tracked by Conway Data Inc.’s New Plant Database. For more information about Site Selection magazine’s other annual awards, and to see a full list of the honorees, visit SiteSelection.com.
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.