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Thu Jun 30 2022
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Ohio Inclusion: Revitalizing Downtowns & Main Streets

Ohio’s largest cities are attracting people and investments at a tremendous rate, fueling economic growth. While this upswing is welcome news, JobsOhio recognizes that some small and mid-sized cities are struggling to compete and need resources to better position them for private investment. Small communities are part of the social fabric of Ohio and vital to the state’s future economic success. The Vibrant Community Grant Program is a critical instrument in funding important projects in traditionally distressed areas.

Vibrant Community Grants support the revitalization of Ohio downtowns and main streets. The grants further advance key economic development projects that can serve as a catalyst in a town’s post-pandemic recovery. In 2021, five Ohio cities received assistance: Coshocton, Oxford, Painesville, Sandusky, and Van Wert. The first round of funding totaled $5.5 million.


Project: The Coshocton Collaborative
Regional Partner: OhioSE

The Coshocton Collaborative is a downtown revitalization project designed to promote entrepreneurship and foster economic growth in the region. The three-story, 13,800-square-foot building is being converted into a unique maker area, business incubator, and co-working facility. Several private sector businesses have expressed interest in utilizing the space.


Project: College@Elm Innovation & Workforce Development Center
Regional Partner: REDI Cincinnati

Miami University and the City of Oxford are partnering on a new Entrepreneurship Training and Incubation Center that will help bolster a distressed rural economy. The 39,000-square-foot facility will house offices, an entrepreneurship center, several startups, and space for manufacturing operations. The project will create more than 50 jobs for the area.


Project: Victoria Place
Regional Partner: Team NEO

JobsOhio provided a Vibrant Community Grant to support the Victoria Place renovation project in downtown Painesville. The 191,000 square foot building located downtown is being transformed for future corporate office and retail development. Burgess & Niple, a nationally known engineering and architecture firm, will be the anchor tenant once completed.


Project: Hogrefe-Cooke Building
Regional Partner: Team NEO

JobsOhio provided funding to the developers of the Hogrefe-Cooke Building, closing the gap on a project that represents significant reinvestment in the area. Reminger Attorneys at Law will be the office anchor tenant, with additional storefronts and residential units occupying other floors. The construction in downtown Sandusky aligns with the city’s Master Plan, which has broad community support.


Project: Van Wert Forward
Regional Partner: Regional Growth Partnership

Community leaders have laid out a multi phase plan for revitalization of the historic district in downtown Van Wert. With the assistance of JobsOhio, the first phase includes the restoration of 12 buildings, including approximately 63,000 square feet of mixed-use space. In total, the city has identified 48 buildings for redevelopment, a $75 million investment.

“The JobsOhio Vibrant Community Grant program is designed to identify and target funding to important, transformative projects that will continue the upward trajectory of Ohio’s economic future.”
J.P. Nauseef
President and CEO / JobsOhio



Ohioans Living in Distressed Communities


Investment by Public-Private Partnerships

Number of Ohio Cities Eligible for a Vibrant Community Grant

96 on the state of Ohio
“We know that by working together, we can lead workforce development in the region and attract new businesses and create jobs in Ohio.”
J.P. Nauseef
President and CEO / JobsOhio