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Columbus Region Factbook Now Available Online

Posted on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 by GROW Licking County General

The latest Columbus Region Factbook is ready and available online. This free resource is packed full of easy-to-read data and serves as an in-depth introduction into the Central Ohio region.       Access the digital version here   Table of Contents:      




It is About Relationship Building

Posted on Friday, April 8, 2016 by GROW Licking County General

The success of our organization, and Licking County, depends on great partnerships. Read more on why from Johnstown Village Manager, and GROW Licking County board member, Jim Lenner:         Johnstown Village Manager, Jim Lenner, had a great opportunity to attend the MRO Americas Aviation Week in Dallas, TX this past week with City of Heath Mayor, Mark Johns, and GROW Licking County Economic Development Director, Nate Strum. The purpose was to promote the offerings of…




Top 10 Economic Development Blogs according to GIS Planning

Posted on Monday, April 4, 2016 by GROW Licking County General

The economic development community is gaining traction and exposure nationwide, sparking dialogue and investigation into this somewhat obscure driver of economic growth. This is fantastic news for EDOs like GROW Licking County and others across the US that are desperately trying to convey the critical role their organizations occupy for growth.   The combination of expanded discussion, lightning-fast decision making, and continuing reliance on technology and the "internet of things" creat…




Licking County growth ranks among top 10 in state

Posted on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 by GROW Licking County General

For six years straight, Licking County has enjoyed steady growth, beating the odds in the wake of the latest recession. To learn more and hear from local officials about why this is "just the beginning" for growth in Licking County, read the following article published by the Newark Advocate.   Article: Licking County growth in top ten of state    




Regional blog, "Economic Development Matters," highlights central Ohio growth and collaborative spirit

Posted on Monday, March 14, 2016 by growlickingcounty@gmail.com General

    As mentioned in the blog, the national media spotlight is shining a little brighter on Ohio leading up to the Tuesday primaries, and will likely continue until Election Day in November. We encourage local leaders, entrepreneurs, and community members to take advantage of the additional coverage and find ways to spotlight your communities and spread the word about why Licking County is a great place to live, work, and do business.   See the blog here and be sure to su…




STEMfest Showing Value of STEM Skills With Local Relevance

Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 by GROW Licking County General

The Works, Newark’s science center, held the 2016 version of it’s popular event, STEMfest recently.  STEMfest is both a competition for middle and high school students as well as an industry exposition with hands-on activities for parents and kids.  2016 showed that The Works’ efforts have grown over the eight years since the first Industry Day back in 2008.   There were more teams than ever, including 39 from Newark City Schools.  Newark City Schools had …




GROW Licking County CIC-ED101 Connect - a brand-new economic development series

Posted on Friday, February 19, 2016 by GROW Licking County General

To further our mission to foster economic growth and development across the county, GROW Licking County Community Improvement Corporation is initiating a seminar series, GROW Licking County – ED101 Connect, where community leaders and economic development experts will conduct in-depth presentations to expand community understanding of what economic development is and its critical role in preparing for the future.       "The intent of this series is to provide a critical …




Fourth Annual Economic Development 411 Recap

Posted on Monday, December 7, 2015 by GROW Licking County General

Last Friday, December 4th, a large contingent from Licking County attended the annual Economic Development 411 (ED411) event presented by Columbus 2020, Mid-Ohio Development Exchange, and The Ohio State University.   Each year, ED411 calls on specialists in the economic development sphere to speak to the current state of economic development, and to challenge attendees to take what they have learned and use it to compliment or rethink their current strategies.    For an overv…




Collaboration Across State Lines Could Benefit Local Development

Posted on Friday, October 23, 2015 by GROW Licking County General

Costs-of-operation are in the forefront of the minds of manufacturing businesses interested in new developments and expansions. Some of the greatest incentives that communities can offer revolve around keeping these costs down, and utilities -a constant expense- can be a great place to help businesses save money.   Unfortunately, sometimes keeping these costs down is restricted by the natural supply and demand model we're all familiar with in addition to other regulatory, or natural barri…




The Future of Economic Development Through Digital Marketing

Posted on Friday, October 16, 2015 by GROW Licking County General

The saying that "we are in the information age" is a somewhat tired phrase, but with each minute, it becomes truer and truer. As economic development professionals, our marketing efforts are becoming wrapped up in email, digital file-exchanges, and social media more and more. The necessity to understand how best to harness the power of social media and the internet to foster economic development is at a critical juncture.   To address this ever-developing trend, The International Economic…




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