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Insight from the experts.

JobsOhio’s managing directors and other senior level team members are experts in business and industry with decades of experience at some of the world’s leading companies. Our executives regularly publish blogs that provide valuable insight, expert commentary and general information about topics relevant to Ohio economic development. Their thought leadership helps business leaders – both those in Ohio and those thinking about coming to Ohio – learn about and understand the benefits of doing business in Ohio.

From Farm to Consumer: Breaking Down Ohio’s Food Value Chain

From Farm to Consumer: Breaking Down Ohio’s Food Value Chain

An overview of Ohio’s food assets using numbers, charts and graphics
Joe Needham, Director, JobsOhio
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One of the reasons that Ohio is a predominant state for food and agribusiness is that there is productive farmland, abundant fresh water and a complete value chain – grain, livestock, processing, manufacturing, packaging, and distribution. Take an in-depth look at Ohio’s end-to-end food industry through graphics, numbers and facts.

Turning Disruption into Opportunity Within Ohio’s Food Industry

Turning Disruption into Opportunity Within Ohio’s Food Industry

Disruptions in the food industry present the chance to seize opportunities in Ohio
Joe Needham, Director, JobsOhio
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Ohio’s end-to-end supply chain from farm to consumer is an advantage of operating within the state. Trends in the evolving food and agribusiness industry worldwide are creating gaps of potential. Now is the time for companies to seize these opportunities and for Ohio’s economic development network to support them.

The Advantages of Ohio Valley Shale are Growing

The Marcellus and Utica shale formations are among the richest reserves of natural gas and natural gas liquids in the world, creating jobs, opportunity and attracting investments with global impacts.
Wally Kandel – Founding Director, Shale Crescent USA
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Growing documentation demonstrates that revolutionary technology has unlocked the Marcellus and Utica shales, driving billions in investment and the beginnings of a new petrochemical hub.

Venture Capital Firms Invested in Ohio at Record Levels in 2018

Venture Capital Firms Invested in Ohio at Record Levels in 2018

Ohio leads the Midwest in attracting growth capital
Matt Waldo, senior manager of research and analysis
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Since the early 2000s, a significant shift has occurred in pulling VC funding away from the West Coast. Where is the funding going? It’s heading to the Midwest, and Ohio is leading the way. Ohio is earning national attention for its thriving and continuously growing startup environment.

JobsOhio’s Five-Year Aspirations (2019-2023)

Independent performance assessment guides JobsOhio strategy
Andrew Deye, managing director, JobsOhio
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JobsOhio leverages the findings of the McKinsey & Company independent performance assessment to set goals. By employing sound strategies and taking smart, calculated risks, JobsOhio and its economic development partners across the state are striving to better serve companies and Ohio.

Building the Future Economy of Ohio and Evolving Along the Way

Building the Future Economy of Ohio and Evolving Along the Way

Every project is a potential win or learning opportunity, and Ohio had both in 2018
Dana Saucier, vice president & head of economic development, JobsOhio
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Each year, JobsOhio takes the time to reflect on its current performance in order to build future capability. In 2018, JobsOhio had its best year yet for performance. JobsOhio had many wins and opportunities made for Ohio. Yet it also had some losses and learned from them.