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…

Meeting the Workforce Challenge

Posted on Monday, May 18, 2015 by GROW Licking County General

If you are involved in economic development or human resources, then you are well aware of the enduring challenge for growing businesses and communities to secure a high-quality, reliable, and trainable workforce. Licking County is extremely fortunate to have a workforce that is as diverse, well-trained, and committed as any in the nation. Our workforce – our citizenry – and our workforce development partners and programs are often cited by new and existing companies as one of …

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