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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…




Announcing ED-101 Connect for 2017

Posted on Friday, May 12, 2017 by Nate Strum General

To continue its mission to foster economic growth and development across the county, GROW Licking County Community Improvement Corporation is thrilled to announce that its ground-breaking, International Economic Development Council award winning seminar series, ED-101 Connect, will continue into 2017. The objective of ED-101 Connect is to bring community leaders and topic experts relevant to economic development initiatives together to foster discussions and an in-depth knowledge of economic de…




GROW Licking County CIC Engages the Montrose Group for Economic Development Action Plan

Posted on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 by Nate Strum General

GROW Licking County Community Improvement Corporation in association with the Ohio Manufacturing Institute and the Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program, are pleased to announce that the Columbus, Ohio based Montrose Group, LLC has been selected to aid GROW Licking County Community Improvement Corporation with their proposed Economic Development Action Plan.       “The mission of GROW Licking County Community Improvement Corporation is to facilitate the continued grow…




TechR2, LLC Relocates & Expands in Pataskala

Posted on Thursday, April 27, 2017 by GROW Licking County General

PATASKALA, OHIO --   GROW Licking County Community Improvement Corporation and the City of Pataskala, in partnership with Columbus 2020, are pleased to announce a relocation and expansion of TechR2, LLC’s headquarters into the City of Pataskala. TechR2 is a national and global leader in digital data security. The HQ facility will accommodate TechR2’s continuing growth in its media retention and data eradication business operations based in Central Ohio.   Sean Gouhin, w…




Ohio Pack Lands in Heath

Posted on Monday, April 24, 2017 by GROW Licking County General

Ohio Pack LLC, a manufacturer of the raw material used in flexible packaging for the food industry, announced it will build a new manufacturing facility in Heath, OH, investing nearly $25.4 million and adding 66 jobs over five years.  The company will build a 135,000-square-foot facility on a 20-acre property located in the Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority’s Central Ohio Aerospace and Technology Center. The new facility will manufacture blown plastic film, one of the raw ma…




RFP for Consulting Services

Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 by Nate Strum General

As 2017 gets underway, GROW Licking County is looking for some help (!) in crafting a dynamic, economic development action plan for our county.   As background, in 2016 - GROW Licking County engaged Research on Investment (ROI), a consulting firm based out of Montreal, Canada to aid in the pursuit of new business development opportunities within Licking County.  As part of this engagement, GROW Licking County received a Target Industry Analysis Snapshot which highlighted comparable c…




Licking County's 20 Under 40 -- Personalities and Posts

Posted on Monday, January 23, 2017 by Nate Strum General

Late last year, the Newark Advocate highlighted 20 various young professionals who are making a difference here in Licking County.  As I read many of their stories, I realized how diverse this group was -- from their hometowns to industries and everything in between.  This is why -- over the coming weeks, GROW Licking County hopes to share their stories through this blog via guest posts.   It is our hope to share and spread their thoughts on the community, why the chose to …




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…




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