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Ohio: The State of Perfect Balance


Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, right, and Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher display the 2007 Site Selection Governor’s Cup. Fisher, as head of the Ohio Department of Development, plays a key role in attracting investment to the state. Ohio also claimed the 2003 and 2006 Governor’s Cups.

“If I were giving a young man advice as to how he might succeed in life, I would say to him,
‘Pick out a good father and mother, and begin life in Ohio.’”

Wilbur Wright, January 10, 1910


Key Industries

Ohio offers among the most efficient business access to customers and suppliers in North America, located within 1,000 kilometers of 62% of all U.S. and Canadian manufacturing locations and within a day’s drive of 80% of all U.S. corporate headquarters.

The Governor’s Cup goes to the state with the most new or expanded capital projects the previous year as tracked by Site Selection publisher Conway Data Inc.’s New Plant database.

These victories in particular underscore the state’s
willingness to work in public-private partnerships to
help companies relocate, grow or stay in Ohio.


Joe Hamrock
President and Chief Operating Officer
AEP Ohio

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Focus on Advanced and Renewable Energy

More than 50,000 students attend Ohio State’s Columbus campus. Surrounded by the nation’s fifteenth largest city and an urban research corridor, Ohio State’s research prowess earns world-class status in areas such as global climate science, carbon sequestration, advanced materials and renewable energy.

The Ohio State University: Sustainable Innovation

The university supports Metro High School, a nationally recognized model for pioneering improvements in science, technology, engineering and math education.

Photo: Kristin Stanford

E. Gordon Gee
President,
The Ohio State University

The Ohio State University



Research at the university’s Biomedical Research Tower is expected to generate approximately 17,000 new jobs and bring an estimated $3.7 billion to Ohio over the next ten years.

Working in tandem with business and industry, Ohio is creating a demand-driven workforce system to ensure ready and reliable access to a highly skilled, highly competitive 21st century workforce.

Education for Workforce Development

The Ohio Bipartisan Job Stimulus Plan, passed by the Ohio Legislature in June 2008, funds $250 million for retaining and attracting talent and building the most educated workforce possible in Ohio.

Ohio has an impressive university system anchored by
14 main campuses, each with a distinguished academic history
and often hosting regional or national research centers.


Ohio offers many outstanding cultural and recreational opportunities, including the annual Columbus Arts Festival. Ohio’s arts and festival attendance ranks second in the nation.