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…


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…

Facebook Lands in Licking County

Posted on Monday, August 21, 2017 by Nate Strum General

I am an avid Facebook user.  If you follow GROW on Facebook, we are always trying to post/share/highlight events, happenings, & stories of interest re: economic development, community development, advancements in manufacturing, local stories of interest, and technology.  So last week’s announcement of Facebook opening a $750M data center in New Albany – and Mark Zuckerberg sharing the news – was a really BIG deal.   But how big?  How about the 2nd larg…

Learning the “Trade” – Apprenticeships

Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 by Jillian Rine General

Licking County has a rich history in manufacturing and GROW Licking County, through our association with Workenomics™ is striving to continue this legacy with our current manufacturing partners.  As is the case with a number of counties & regions in Ohio, workforce is a topic of discussion, particularly with the newly announced unemployment rate of approximately 3.5% here in Licking County.  The question really becomes, what is our pipeline?  Apprenticeship is the new bu…

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