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Join Our Team !!!

Posted on Monday, January 7, 2019 by Nate Strum General

GROW Licking County & the Licking County Chamber of Commerce is HIRING !?!?!?   Interested in g-r-o-w-ing our local economy?  Have an interest in promoting our community and attracting or expanding new job opportunities to Licking County?  Then be sure to check out our recent posting for an Economic Development Coordinator with the Licking County Chamber of Commerce & GROW Licking County !!!   Interested candidates should send their resume, cover letter, and salar…




Reflections from 2015 to Now

Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by Nate Strum General

I love the photo in this blog.  It was taken 3 days into my time with GROW Licking County -- and although my face might look serious, my eyes say I am terrified.     It has been a wild 3 years.  In such a short time, we have created an infrastructure priority database, a full-on economic strategy, have facilitated numerous opportunities throughout the county, and have positioned Licking County to continue to thrive in the future.     But we are not don…




Economic Development is ... ... Change

Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2018 by Nate Strum General

When I graduated from Muskingum (College) University, I remember explaining to my newly acquired in-laws that I would serve as the City of Zanesville’s Planner & Zoning Administrator.  After a puzzled look by my father-in-law, I simply said that I would be the person who would make sure homes stayed in residential areas and businesses located in business areas.  Simple enough.  However, when I joined Allegheny County Economic Development and they asked me what I did &nda…




2017 Year in Review

Posted on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 by Nate Strum General

  "You can't really know where you going until you know where you have been." - Maya Angelou  







Guest Column: Newark Advocate's 20 Under 40 Spotlight

Posted on Monday, December 11, 2017 by Olivia Biggs General

Why a “typical, uneventful day” can be perfect   One of the many reasons why I love living in Licking County is because of its modesty. At first, I thought about writing about all of the fun events, things to do, and places it has to offer. But then I realized, the best parts of my weeks are the simple and organic time I spend with my family.   A typical Saturday morning consists of a routine which makes me happy, relaxed, and healthy. From my front door, I am able to r…




Guest Column: Newark Advocate's 20 Under 40 Spotlight

Posted on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by James Golden General

My introduction to Licking County came all the way back in 1993 as a Freshman in High School, at the age of 14. My family had just moved us from Reynoldsburg City to Hebron, OH. Needless to say, a new school, with new people, new environments, new sites and new sounds was a little overwhelming at that time and age. I moved just in time for baseball season, stepped out of my comfort zone, tried out and was surprised when I made the team. Looking back at it, this was probably the single event that…







Guest Column: AEP LEAP Grants: A Driving Force Behind Workforce Development

Posted on Thursday, October 19, 2017 by Tim Wells General

One of the top factors cited by location decision-makers is the need for a strong workforce. In today’s competitive environment, employers and economic developers alike are working to meet the workforce challenge. With increasing shortages in skilled trades, communities need to get creative when it comes to addressing these needs and developing a plan to address short-term needs as well as the workforce of tomorrow.   How are Ohio communities addressing the need for skilled labor? W…




GROW WELCOMES A NEW BOARD MEMBER

Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2017 by JILLIAN RINE General

Newark, OH- The Career and Technology Education Centers of Licking County (C-TEC) is thrilled to announce the appointment of our Adult Education Center Director, Lauren Massie, to the Board of Directors for Grow Licking County Community Improvement Corporation. GROW Executive Director Nate A. Strum asserts, “One of the leading factors in our business and development opportunities is our local workforce. Lauren’s appointment will ensure we continue to align educational opportunities w…




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