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A Dynamic U.S. State with Global Access


Located in the Midwest region of the U.S. just below the Great Lakes is Ohio. It’s the birthplace of eight U.S. presidents, the first astronauts to set foot on the moon and orbit the earth, and countless inventors who developed some of the world’s most influential creations — the airplane, the lightbulb, the traffic light and even Superman.

Ohio is an innovative state with the 21st largest global economy, a nationally recognized infrastructure, diverse industries and welcoming communities, all of which position companies from anywhere in the world for success. In fact, companies from more than 50 countries have chosen to grow in the state, employing more than 268,000 Ohioans.

Ohio offers global companies a key strategic advantage with the state’s stable business climate, productive workforce and a unique partner in JobsOhio, the state’s economic development corporation. Ohio is the ideal state to work, live, invest and achieve your version of the American dream.

Redefine Success with a Best State for Business

Ohio has a stable economy that contributes to its recognition as a top state for business. In 2019, Ohio received exciting news from a host of leading business publications, reaching into the Top 10 in the country in several annual state business rankings. Ohio jumped in the CNBC rankings from 23 in 2011 to 10 today, jumped from 41 in 2011 to nine in Chief Executive’s annual CEO survey and earned its first Top 10 in Area Development Magazine’s ranking. Ohio also reached No. 3 of Site Selection Magazine’s Best State Business Climate rankings, making it the top-ranked state in the Midwest.

Ohio’s economy consists of thriving industries that reflect the Midwest’s industrial leadership and continued innovation. In 2007, Moody’s ranked Ohio 10th among U.S. states in terms of industrial diversity and by 2017, Ohio had improved to eighth. As innovative companies like BrightEdge, Facebook, Quotient, Upstart, Veeva Systems and others invest in Ohio, business publications are optimistic that the economy will continue to diversify.

A Better Workforce

Ohio’s productive, skilled workforce — 5.6 million strong — is a crucial component of what fuels the growth of companies invested in the state. Ohio’s more than 200 higher education institutions, dozens of trade schools, technical centers, and job training and certification programs provide a consistent pipeline of skilled workers.

From 2011-2018, Ohio’s number of active apprentices increased 91%, bringing Ohio’s U.S. rank in active apprentices from No. 10 to No. 4. During the same time, Ohio’s number of new apprentices increased by 154%, making Ohio the No. 3 top state in new apprentices.

Global companies can create public-private partnerships with Ohio institutions to establish apprenticeships and workforce-ready training programs. Germany-based Festo launched its U.S. operations in Ohio in 2016. Recognizing a need for highly skilled workers, Festo Didactic, part of the Festo Group, partnered with Sinclair Community College (SCC), TechSolve and five companies — ART Metals Group, Clippard Instrument Laboratory, Festo Corp., MQ Automation and Nestlé — to create an apprenticeship program in mechatronics, a field that combines mechanical, electrical and computer control skills.

Students in Festo’s apprenticeship program take classes at SCC, get hands-on training at Festo’s learning center and receive actual experience at their respective employers.

“Our mission is to improve companies’ productivity by reestablishing manufacturing as a choice for young talent,” said Carolin McCaffrey, head of Festo Learning Center Midwest. “Students who graduate from this program will have more than just a job. They’ll have a career path in a growing field.”

Similar programs prepare new employees and upskill the existing workforce trained specifically for your business.

How Can We Help?

JobsOhio, Ohio’s private nonprofit economic development corporation, is your principle partner in accessing these Ohio advantages. It is designed to support business attraction, retention and expansion efforts in the state of Ohio, making it easier than ever to invest. The organization works in collaboration with a cross-functional team of partners across the state including regional and local partners.

Italy-based Modula, a designer and manufacturer of automatic vertical warehouses, also known as vertical lift modules, opened its second U.S. manufacturing facility in Ohio in June 2019. JobsOhio and its network of economic development partners made the investment process seamless.

Modula is facing impressive growth worldwide at a pace of almost 25% year over year in the last five years, and particularly in the North American market, we saw a further acceleration in the last two years,” said Antonio Pagano, CEO of Modula USA. “After an accurate analysis, we chose Ohio and particularly the Cincinnati area because of the excellent position, the great industrial presence and the high professionalism of JobsOhio and REDI Cincinnati, who helped us in the whole process.”

JobsOhio’s client-centered approach provides companies with a long-term partner, and has led to the creation of several programs and funding initiatives that help companies easily get started with investing:

Funding Programs:

  • JobsOhio Workforce Grant: Provides funding to companies for employee development and training programs.
  • JobsOhio Economic Development Grant: Provides funding to companies for economic development, business expansion and job creation.
  • JobsOhio R&D Center Grant: Provides qualified companies with funding to establish dedicated R&D facilities in Ohio.
  • JobsOhio Revitalization Program: Provides loans and grants to help redevelop underutilized properties — both land and buildings — and put them back into productive use.
  • And more.

Site Selection:

  • SiteOhio: An in-depth, comprehensive site authentication program that ensure sites are move-in or build ready. If you need to move fast, these sites have been analyzed, evaluated and approved for immediate development.

Ohio’s industries, organizations and people have set the foundation to help companies move forward to an even brighter future. Whether you’re in advanced manufacturing or agribusiness, financial services or technology, you can join the leaders who already leverage Ohio's assets, expertise and resources to innovate and grow.

To learn more about what Ohio can offer, visit JobsOhio.com.


State Governor: Mike DeWine

Contact Info Ohio

Contact Name:
Ian Fuller, JobsOhio, Europe

JobsOhio c/o OCO Global
London W1T 1AN, UK
Phone: +44 7367 207 625
Email: fuller@consultant.jobsohio.com
Web: www.jobsohio.com/


State Demographics Ohio

Region: Ohio
Population: 11,6 Million
Gross State Product: $ 676,2 Billion
Exports: $ 54.4 Billion (210 countries)
Labor Force: 5,6 Million
Latest Unemployment Rate: 4.2% 
Per Capita Personal Income: $46.272
Capital City: Columbus
Principal Cities: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dayton, Toledo, Youngstown, Columbus, Findlay, Lima and Mansfield

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