Southwest Region

Located where southwest Ohio, northern Kentucky and southeast Indiana meet, this region is a global business center, home to the headquarters and back office operations of companies of all sizes.  

The 15-county southwest region includes:

  • 2.2 million residents
  • 1.3 million workers
  • $125.2 billion economy
  • Cincinnati metropolitan area 

Major industries:

  • Advanced manufacturing (aerospace and automotive)
  • Biohealth
  • Food and flavoring
  • Tech
  • Shared services 


  • The region is home to 8 Fortune 500 headquarters and more than 450 foreign-owned firms.
  • With an industrial heritage dating back to Procter and Gamble in the 1800s, the region's workforce includes 116,198 in the manufacturing industry.
  • The region has one of the highest concentrations of aerospace talent in the U.S. Cincinnati is part of the Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky Aerospace Region (SOAR), one of 24 communities recognized by the U.S. Department of Commerce for increased grant opportunities.
  • The region is a center for food and flavoring processes and is home to companies such as General Mills, Kroger, Mane and Frutarom.
  • With a large and growing number of tech, finance and administrative positions, the region is a major location for back office functions, especially for financial service institutions and consumer product companies.
  • Biotech companies are on the rise here, supported by an ecosystem of accelerators and incubators and nationally ranked universities and medical institutions. 

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