WINCHESTER  State Representative Brian Baldridge (R-Winchester), JobsOhio and Ohio Southeast Economic Development (OhioSE) convened a group of local economic development professionals and companies in Adams, Lawrence and Scioto Counties for a virtual roundtable discussion last week. Together, they heard from businesses throughout the region about COVID-19-related operational challenges, workforce concerns and discussed the economic outlook for Ohio.


“During these challenging times, it is important that we listen to the business leaders of Southern Ohio. They will be the ones providing opportunity for Ohioans as we look to rebuild,” Baldridge said. “Bringing them to the table with JobsOhio and Ohio Southeast, ensures that their voice is heard.”


Baldridge, JobsOhio and OhioSE have identified and are building upon a number of competitive advantages and positive trends in the region, while helping companies combat the negative impacts of COVID-19. One advantage for the OhioSE region is an available talent pool as approximately one quarter of the workforce travels for work outside of the region. Many of these workers would prefer employment closer to home. 


“Ohio’s economy will rebound from the challenges presented by the COVID-19 because our economic development leaders, elected officials and the private sector work together as a team,” said JP Nauseef, President and CEO of JobsOhio. “We and our strong economic development partners at Ohio Southeast and Adams, Lawrence and Scioto Counties are listening to our Statehouse leaders and local businesses so we can all work side-by-side in our common efforts to grow opportunity in the region.”


In recent years, JobsOhio and Ohio Southeast have helped regional companies create 158 new jobs, retain 682 jobs and make capital investments totaling $17 million in the 90th Ohio House District. Key wins included the expansion projects with Appalachian Wood Floors in Portsmouth, GE Aviation in Peebles, GTL Lumber in Ironton and Altivia Petrochemicals in Haverhill. Ohio Southeast and JobsOhio have also supported the 90th Ohio House District with over $5.8M in site redevelopment support; additional support is anticipated.


“Certainly these are challenging times, but even now we are seeing several manufacturers in the region contemplating expansions,” commented Mike Jacoby, OhioSE President. “We are pleased to partner with Rep. Baldridge, JobsOhio and local development professionals to assist these companies where we can and continue to move the region forward.”  


JobsOhio has announced several Impact Initiatives, totaling over $250 million of investment since March 15, to combat the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. These programs can be found on the JobsOhio landing page, Ohio Safe. Ohio Working. which includes a $50M Community Bank Loan Guarantee Program, $2M support for Appalachian Growth Capital in the OhioSE region and additional support for bars and restaurantsJobsOhio also recently announced the Ohio Site Inventory Program, an up to $50M per year program to assist site development. The program will help communities across the state, especially in southern Ohio, grow their portfolio of sites that can lead to successful economic development in the future.


Businesses and local economic development officials met with Baldridge, JobsOhio and Ohio Southeast via video conference to discuss the direct and indirect impacts on businesses across the region. Business owners shared their challenges relating to workforce and logistics needs. Stories from both individual businesses and local economic development officials showed the region as an area primed for economic investment coming out of the COVID-19 crisis.


 


Since 2019, JobsOhio and its regional partner, OhioSE have supported 27 company expansions and locations in southeastern Ohio. Those company expansions will create 980 jobs. Since JobsOhio and OhioSE were founded in 2011, they have supported over 170 projects with companies pledging to create over 7,100 jobs and invest over $10 billion in fixed assets in southeast Ohio. In support of those projects, JobsOhio and state programs have committed over $74 million. 


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For more information, contact Representative Baldridge’s office at 614-466-2124 or rep90@ohiohouse.gov


JobsOhio is a private nonprofit economic development corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion. The organization also works to seed talent production in its targeted industries and to attract talent to Ohio though Find Your Ohio. JobsOhio works with six regional partners across Ohio: Dayton Development Coalition, Ohio Southeast, One Columbus, REDI Cincinnati, Regional Growth Partnership and Team NEO. Learn more at www.jobsohio.com. Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.


Ohio Southeast Economic Development (OhioSE)is the JobsOhio Network Partner for southern, eastern and southeastern Ohio, providing economic development work and resources in 25 rural counties; they are the newest and geographically the largest of the six regions across the state. OhioSE partners closely with regional development districts, local economic development offices, state agencies and other entities to expand, retain and attract businesses in the counties they serve. Learn more at OhioSE.com.

 
 
 
  
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