AEDI Names JobsOhio A Top 10 Economic Development Organization

The American Economic Development Institute (AEDI) today named JobsOhio as one of the top ten economic development organizations for 2014, placing it seventh in its inaugural rankings.

American Economic Development Institute Names JobsOhio A Top 10 Economic Development Organization

CHICAGO – The American Economic Development Institute (AEDI) today named JobsOhio as one of the top ten economic development organizations for 2014, placing it seventh in its inaugural rankings. The institute acknowledged JobsOhio’s distinctive approach to economic development, which it said sets the organization apart from those in other states.

“Creativity is the hallmark of Ohio’s JobsOhio program, which is unlike any other economic development model in the country. They are a private corporation run by business people who are focused on working with job creators interested in Ohio. Key to JobsOhio’s success is its Board of Directors made up of leaders of some of America’s most successful corporations, education facilities, and medical research organizations,” said Dr. Ron Pollina, Chairman of the American Economic Development Institute and President of Pollina Corporate Real Estate, Inc.

For more than a decade, AEDI has provided rankings of pro-business states, however, this is the first year they have ranked economic development entities. According to AEDI, the Top 10 State Economic Development Organizations for 2014 rankings are based on a state’s economic development organization’s performance, which includes marketing of the state to employers, efforts for attracting new business, assisting existing state employers to grow and prosper, and state incentive programs.

“In the last few years, we have created a model for economic development that is clearly working in Ohio,” said JobsOhio President and Chief Investment Officer John Minor. “We are pleased AEDI has recognized our successful efforts to attract jobs and investment to this state, however, we understand that JobsOhio is growing and there is still more work to do in Ohio.”

Pollina said JobsOhio’s dedicated funding stream from liquor profits and the JobsOhio Network were also considered when ranking the corporation in their top ten.

“Another major advantage Ohio has is an innovative network of regional economic development partners, known collectively as the JobsOhio Network. This six-region network provides the necessary connectivity to achieve a ‘One Firm, One State’ collaborative approach to selling Ohio,” said Pollina. “Other states would do well to emulate Ohio’s success with this very creative approach to economic development.”

You can read AEID’s Top 10 State Economic Development Organizations for 2014 at http://aedi.us/truth-in-democracy/.

ABOUT AEDI: AEDI is a nonpartisan public policy and economics research institution whose mission is to improve the American economy by fostering economic growth and prosperity through employment creation and international trade. AEDI also seeks to improve federal, state and local economic development planning in the United States. Through research, training, conferences, demonstration projects, publications and multimedia, AEDI provides the highest quality, nonpartisan analysis and evaluation for federal, state and local economic development planning and policy decisions. Dr. Pollina may be reached at 1.847.685.9000 x 225 or (Enable JavaScript to view protected content).

About JobsOhio: JobsOhio is a private, non-profit corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention, and expansion efforts. Find out more at jobs-ohio.com


For more information, contact:

Matt Englehart, JobsOhio

(614) 300-1152

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