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 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…

Licking County Economy and Labor Force Continue to Demonstrate Strength, Availability

Posted on Friday, June 19, 2015 by GROW Licking County General

Figures released by Ohio's Bureau of Labor Market Information reinforce that Licking County is a location in which businesses thrive, and the workforce is both eager and available. Data from 2015's first quarter indicates that the total employment of Licking County residents is, once again, at historic levels. The highest levels of employment recorded since 1970 have been achieved each of the first 4 months of this year, passing 83,000.  Licking County's Civilian Labor Force has continued t…

The Past, Present, and Future of STEM in Licking County

Posted on Thursday, June 11, 2015 by GROW Licking County General

Licking County, Ohio presents companies the opportunity to locate in the high-growth Central Ohio region. Specifically, the county is home to an economy that is historically strong, diverse, and increasingly focused on STEM-related employers. Over 3,000 employers call Licking County home. The largest concentrations of the workforce for those employers are in the hospital/health care and manufacturing fields, while no industry segment represents greater than 16% of total employment – a test…

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