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What a Difference a Year Makes

Posted on Monday, November 21, 2016 by Nate Strum General

Last week, I wrote about my travels to Central Europe – as part of a trade mission with Columbus 2020.  However, while I was at the Bergamo Airport, I received a ‘ping’ on my phone from Facebook asking me to check out my memories for this date.  The first memory was that date from 2015 – when the Licking County Chamber of Commerce & GROW Licking County named me their new director.   As I sat in Italy looking at the Swiss Alps, I was taken aback by all…




GROW-ing Across the “Pond”

Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 by Nate Strum General

As many of you know, one of the chief objectives for GROW Licking County in 2016 was to expand the CIC’s reach by engaging companies at trade shows and starting the critical element of forming crucial relationships with companies in hopes creating new opportunities in Licking County, if the opportunity arises.   However, there is more to business recruitment than attending trade shows.    Earlier this year, I approached our regional economic development partners at Colum…




Johnstown is the FIRST Ohio community to openly welcome legal medical marijuana operations

Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 by Guest Columnist Jim Lenner General

In order to move a community forward, the leaders of that community must be progressive in their thinking. New, long term ideas must be vetted and critiqued. Johnstown has done just that. The Village of Johnstown has taken, as one Columbus news anchor said, a “landmark” step towards embracing the legal medical marijuana industry.   A resolution was passed by Village Council on August 16th that simply iterates we will not be “opting out” as allowed by the…




Saving Lives -- One Pedal at a Time

Posted on Monday, August 22, 2016 by Guest Columnist - Nathan Arnold General

Every August, the Central Ohio community comes together in the fight against cancer by participating in Pelotonia. This year, more than 7,000 people participated in this three-day experience all with one goal in mind: to raise money for cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and The James Cancer Hospital.     Over the past seven years, more than $100 million has been raised and numerous treatments and cures have been found with the money generated th…




Welcome Aboard, Jillian !!!

Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 by Nate Strum General

Hello, my name is Jillian Rine and I am the new Project Associate for Grow Licking County.  I am very excited to join the team and I look forward to working with you.  I was raised here and to be honest with you - I really didn’t think I would be here today.  I wanted to explore my options and ditch this place to see what the world had to offer.  I am a graduate of Licking Valley as well as Heidelberg University, a small liberal arts college located in Tiffin, Ohio. &n…




Workforce Initiatives in Licking County

Posted on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 by Nate Strum General

Over the past nine months, I have met with a number of site selectors and business owners looking to expand or grow their businesses here in Licking County.  During this time, I have heard inquiries about the housing stock, school systems, and recreational programming but there is one focus that ALL of these opportunities ask about:  workforce.  How is your workforce?  What is your available workforce?  What's the pipeline look like for your county (and region's) workfor…




Brewing in Licking County

Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 by Nate Strum General

    Anyone who has met me knows that I am a H-U-G-E craft beer fan.  When I lived in Pittsburgh, I would LOVE going out with friends and trying the newest microbrewery and learning about their spin on a certain style of beer.   After moving to Licking County, I have loved visiting Homestead Beer Co., Buckeye Lake Brewery, or 3 Tigers Brewing (our newest brewery in Granville).  But all of this got me thinking -- what's the economic impact of the br…




Columbus 2020 Releases Official Press Release About Bleckmann

Posted on Thursday, June 16, 2016 by growlickingcounty@gmail.com General

Bleckmann Enters U.S. Market with 200 New Jobs in the Columbus Region       Columbus, OH— Bleckmann, a Dutch-Belgo company dedicated to third-party logistics in the fashion and lifestyle sector, announced it is entering the U.S. market with a $3.5 million investment in a 175,000 square foot distribution center in the Columbus Region.  The facility, located at 188 Commerce Boulevard in Johnstown, will employ 200 people in warehouse operations, production, superviso…







Bleckmann Bringing 200 Jobs To Johnstown

Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 by growlickingcounty@gmail.com General

Bleckmann, a European logistic and distribution center for the fashion and lifestyle industry is opening it's first US distribution center which will be located at the Johnstown Industrial Park.  The news made its way through Licking County, on May 23rd, after the council's approval of tax incentives.  This win will bring 200 jobs to Johnstown with a total annual payroll of $5.8 million by the end of 2019.     Bleckmann, originating in Belguim in 1862, continues to serve Eu…




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