JobsOhio Reports 2013 First Quarter Results

JobsOhio successfully worked with 65 companies that committed to create or retain 17,375 jobs with a combined payroll of $998M.


Other highlights include Ohio’s recent ranking as most improved state for business

COLUMBUS – In the first quarter of 2013, JobsOhio and its economic development partners yielded commitments from 65 companies to create or retain a total of 17,375 jobs and to invest $1.1 billion of new capital in the state, reported John Minor, JobsOhio’s President and Chief Investment Officer, at the organization’s quarterly board of directors meeting.

During the public meeting, held at TechColumbus in Columbus on May 8, Minor noted to the board of directors that since January of 2011, Ohio businesses have created more than 140,000 new private- sector jobs.

“Business leaders are noticing what is going on in our state and that’s driving JobsOhio’s project pipeline,” Minor said. “We are seeing more potential new jobs because of our growing pipeline. We are now more focused than ever on our sales efforts, and the state is working together as one, which is very powerful for job creation.”

Ohio Governor John Kasich attended the first part of the board meeting. He told the board that he is hearing from company executives who are praising JobsOhio’s responsiveness and understanding of business’ needs. Kasich also called out Ohio’s recent recognition as the most improved business climate in the nation. Chief Executive Magazine released this month its annual ranking of Best & Worst States for business, showing that Ohio’s jump of 13 places to 22nd represented the largest rise of any state.

In his presentation to the board of directors, Minor outlined JobsOhio's new economic development loan and grant programs that will support job growth in Ohio. The board approved the adoption of the guidelines for the new programs.

Kenny McDonald, CEO of network partner Columbus 2020, also provided an update to the board on his organization’s job creation efforts in its 11-county region, adding that the central Ohio economic development entity has 134 active projects.

JobsOhio’s mission is to drive Ohio’s job creation, new capital investment, and economic growth as a leading provider of innovative business solutions to companies.

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