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Wayne County #1 Micropolitan Area in US

Wayne County micropolitan area is the undisputed champion in the country for economic development -- just ask Rod Steiger, the outgoing chairman of the Wayne Economic Development Council.

Wayne County had 27 qualifying projects, based on criteria used by Site Selection magazine, to make...

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Wayne County #1 Micropolitan Area in US

Wayne County micropolitan area is the undisputed champion in the country for economic development -- just ask Rod Steiger, the outgoing chairman of the Wayne Economic Development Council.

Wayne County had 27 qualifying projects, based on criteria used by Site Selection magazine, to make it the best in the United States. The second-place finisher, Tupelo, Miss., had 19 projects.

This area had been the bridesmaid, never the bride, a few times, until 2013. For seven consecutive years it had been among the Top 10 micropolitans, as ranked by Site Selection, and it was second three times, never quite able to break through.

This year, it broke the barrier with its first-place finish, which helped Ohio come in as No. 2 nationally in economic development.

"No other community in Ohio or the Midwest can match this area," Steiger said.

"You have become the hunted," said Ron Starner, general manager and executive vice president of Conway Data and Site Selection magazine. He was the featured speaker Tuesday.

During the years Wooster was No. 2, the Statesville-Mooresville micropolitan statistical area in North Carolina had been No. 1. This year, it did not even make the Top 10.

This area had 27 qualifying projects totaling about $235 million in investments, creating more than 720 jobs and 681,000 square feet of new space. Helping the county lead the nation included the continued expansion of the J.M. Smucker Co. in Orrville, LuK USA in Wooster, Morton Salt in Rittman and the announcement Daisy Brand will build a $116 million plant in Wooster, creating 89 full-time jobs.

"This is a true honor," Mayor Bob Breneman said. "It's something that will benefit our city for years to come."

"What a positive indicator that local efforts to create a pro-business environment are truly paying off in big dividends," said Justin Starlin, president of the Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce. "We realize that private investment from our business community is key in assuring that the local economy continues to strengthen and today's announcement proves that company decision-makers feel positive about the current and future trends of our local economy."

Starner likened corporate site selection to "The Hunger Games," saying many are chosen to participate, and all but one is eliminated; at times, both are cut-throat, perilous and highly competitive; the incentive to win is the future health and well-being of the people; in order to win, it takes relentless practice because only the best survive; and participants learn to question information coming out of enemy camps.

Crider added another similarity: It takes alliances to win, which is what the organization enjoys with its partners from the public and private sectors.

Starner also deconstructed the site selection process, noting the goal for each community is to get on the short list of locations. It is easier to eliminate a site than to choose one, site selection professionals say.

Those things that will eliminate a community include a faulty business climate, excessive costs (including tax and regulatory burdens) and lack of support, Starner said.

Ohio wasn't always the most business-friendly state, Starner said. There were some onerous business taxes, especially for manufacturers. But that has changed.

State Rep. Ron Amstutz helped lead efforts to reform Ohio's taxes in the mid-2000s. The Legislature phased out the personal, tangible property tax and introduced a commercial activity tax. The move had its detractors, and Amstutz said someone raised the issue with him at the WEDC meeting.

The tax reform is still a little controversial today, Amstutz said. It does have a downside, which the Legislature has not yet addressed, but as evidenced by Wayne County's and Ohio's successes in economic development, tax reform mattered.

It helped Ohio better position itself to attract and retain businesses, Starner said. Business tax reform, investment in high-tech start-up companies and turning old factory jobs into hubs of advanced manufacturing have played a key role in turning Ohio around. The greatest threat to these advances are not external factors like China or India, buy rather a change in government leaders who would undo the business-friendly reforms, Starner said.

"You have to vigilantly guard your business climate like a hawk," Starner said. "You need to keep pursuing the path you are on."

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Opportunities in Orrville

A diverse industrial and manufacturing base of global, national and regionally recogized companies thrive in Orrville and collectively employ more than 4,000 people.  Orrville is proud to manufacturer products that are distributed all over the world.  Where...

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Opportunities in Orrville

A diverse industrial and manufacturing base of global, national and regionally recogized companies thrive in Orrville and collectively employ more than 4,000 people.  Orrville is proud to manufacturer products that are distributed all over the world.  Where In the World is Orrville, OH

The top 10 Orrville employers include:

The J.M. Smucker Company

JLG Industries

The Scott's Miracle Gro Company

Dairy Enterprises

The Will-Burt Company

Quality Castings

Bekaert Corporation

Venture Products

Aultman Orrville Hospital

The University of Akron Wayne College

 

The Orrville Office of Economic Development is committed to enhancing industrial and economic growth.  A new 75 acre business park opened in 2012.  The first tenant, Venture Products, maker of Ventrac tractors and attachments broke ground in June 2012 for its new global corporate headquarters building and manufacturing plant.

Economy Thrives Here

Orrville has built a reputation as a flourishing community with a supportive business climate where major corporations, family businesses and entrepreneurs can start and grow a business in the midst of strategic U.S. market areas.

Best known as the home of...

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Economy Thrives Here

Orrville has built a reputation as a flourishing community with a supportive business climate where major corporations, family businesses and entrepreneurs can start and grow a business in the midst of strategic U.S. market areas.

Best known as the home of The J.M. Smucker Company, founded 1897, Orrville also claims several other nationally prominent companies all founded by local entrepreneurs.  These businesses include, The Smith Dairy Products Company (1909), Schantz Organ Company (1873), The Will-Burt Company (1918),The Quality Castings Company (1933) and Venture Products (1975).

Today new industries continue to thrive in Orrville, and collectively employ more than 4,000 people.  The Orrville Office of Economic Development is committed to enhancing industrial and economic growth.  A new 75 acre business park opened in 2012.  The first tenant, Venture Products, maker of Ventrac tractors and attachments broke ground in late June for its new global corporate headquarters building and manufacturing plant. 

Learn more about industrial opportunities in Orrville www.orrvilledevelopment.com

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City of Orrville

 

The City of Orrville's greatest resource is and will continue to be the people.  A community that comes together in an active partnership to foster academic, cultural and economic opportunities to cultivate a safe, vibrant and healthy community for...

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City of Orrville

 

The City of Orrville's greatest resource is and will continue to be the people.  A community that comes together in an active partnership to foster academic, cultural and economic opportunities to cultivate a safe, vibrant and healthy community for our citizens and organizations.

For over 100 years, Orrville Utilities has provided residents and businesses with quality utility services.  Learn more about each of the Orrville Utilities departments:

Electric 

Water

Waste Water

Technical Services - Wireless Internet

The City of Orrville, founded 1864, is located in Northeast Ohio and easily accessible to major Interstates.  OH State Route 57 becomes Main Street as it runs North to South through the center of town.  To the north of Orrville is OH State Route 585 and a little further north access to I-76.  To the south of Orrville is OH State Route 30, part of the original Lincoln Highway Corridor.   

 

Wayne Economic Development

The Wayne County Economic Development Council (WEDC) is dedicated to the economic development of Northeast Ohio. Its purpose is to serve as the lead economic development organization for Wayne County, and to stimulate new investment and job growth through business expansion and attraction...

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Wayne Economic Development

The Wayne County Economic Development Council (WEDC) is dedicated to the economic development of Northeast Ohio. Its purpose is to serve as the lead economic development organization for Wayne County, and to stimulate new investment and job growth through business expansion and attraction initiatives.

For more information about WEDC, please visit www.waynedevelopment.org.

Orrville Economic Development

The Office of Orrville Economic Development is the lead industrial and commercial development office for the city. Its goal is to develop, manage and market opportunities for investment and employment in the City of...

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Orrville Economic Development

The Office of Orrville Economic Development is the lead industrial and commercial development office for the city. Its goal is to develop, manage and market opportunities for investment and employment in the City of Orrville.

Currently seeking tennants for Orrville's NEW industrial park.  View map and site information here  or download a brochure

 

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OSU/ATI Workforce Training & Development

What are your current business challenges?  Out-of-control costs… Questionable quality… Equipment down-time… Shrinking profits… Improving the skills of your employees… Developing the next generation of leaders?

Tackle your challenges with help from Ohio State ATI’s Business Training...

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OSU/ATI Workforce Training & Development

What are your current business challenges?  Out-of-control costs… Questionable quality… Equipment down-time… Shrinking profits… Improving the skills of your employees… Developing the next generation of leaders?

Tackle your challenges with help from Ohio State ATI’s Business Training & Educational Services.  Our business experts will help you:

  • Identify your challenges and create an improvement plan
  • Advance your people, your products, and your processes
  • Get results!

Give your team world-class business consulting and training solutions -- customized to your needs, delivered at your site, and on your schedule.  Don’t just wait for your business to improve – make it. 

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State of Ohio Initiatives

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Office of Workforce Development offers tools and resources for job seekers and employers...

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State of Ohio Initiatives

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Office of Workforce Development offers tools and resources for job seekers and employers.

The Office of Workforce Development is in charge of several new and exciting statewide initiatives related to Green Jobs and The Shale Industry.  The purpose of these intitiatives is to place added focus on special programs and populations that need financial support above and beyond local area funds.

 

Career Center Partnerships

 

The Wayne County Schools Career Center has many opportunities for partnerships with local businesses and industries.  The support of Wayne County is vital to the success of high school and adult students...

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Career Center Partnerships

 

The Wayne County Schools Career Center has many opportunities for partnerships with local businesses and industries.  The support of Wayne County is vital to the success of high school and adult students enrolled in WCSCC programs.  Studies show that most WSCSS graduates stay in the Wayne County area and contribute to the local economy as skilled workers.  WCSCC is always looking for new ways to interact with the real world of work. 

Workforce Evaluations are now available to help employers evaluate potential employees before hiring them.  

 

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