Regional Profile

110 million people within 500 milesGreat Assets Right in the Middle of 110 Million People

Where else in the country could you reach 110 million people within a day’s drive? Have your choice of over 3 million square feet of industrial buildings, several spec buildings, and thousands of acres of available sites from which to choose? At a cost of living that’s 15% below the US average, with median home prices below $100,000 and competitive wages?

Our People Make the Difference

But it’s the people that set the Southern Ohio region of Jackson, Pike, Ross, and Scioto Counties apart. Listen to what regional employers say:

  • “On a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the most productive, this workforce is a “5”. They are very good with their hands, like to work.”
  • “The workforce is very loyal, with a very steadfast work ethic.”
  • “There is a very good core of key people here.”
  • “The Southern Ohio work ethic is great.”
  • “The labor pool here is abundant and the best I have ever seen.”
  • “This plant [in Portsmouth] is the top in production nationally. Our workforce runs circles around the workforce in other states.”
  • “We found highly qualified skilled workers right out of the gate.”
  • “Productivity is unbelievable – 110%.”
  • “The mentality of the workforce is that they like us and they like to work with us. Our turnover is less than 1%.”

Investing in Talent Here in Southern Ohio

The Southern Ohio region is home to multiple post-secondary educational institutions. The region also offers numerous workforce training providers, and robust assistance in recruiting and screening for employees that meet your requirements.

   PikeCountyCareerTechnology Center  Scioto County Career and Technical Center  Buckeye Hills

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The Company We Keep

Hundreds of businesses are located in Southern Ohio, from familiar consumer packaged goods companies to entrepreneurial, high-tech companies and heavy industrial companies.

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 Access to Cost-Competitive, Abundant UtilitiesDrop of water graphic

Electric services are offered by AEP, Buckeye REC, and South Central Power. Natural gas is provided by Columbia Gas of Ohio and Pike Natural Gas. Fiber is provided by Frontier Communications, Horizon Telecom, and Time Warner. The Southern Ohio region has the good fortune to be located on top of the Teays Valley Aquifer, one of the largest aquifers in North America. It supplies numerous municipal water agencies throughout Ohio and neighboring states, providing an ample and cost-effective water source for businesses in the area.

Ohio Means Business

The State of Ohio has made significant improvements to its business climate through tax reforms, the coordination of state agencies and programs related to economic development, and an emphasis on growth. That’s why Chief Executive Magazine named the state the most improved in business climate in 2013, and why the state ranked second in the nation in terms of the
number of relocation and expansion projects announced in 2013.

Specific advantages of Ohio:

  • Ohio has eliminated corporate profit and franchise taxes.4.2-JEDISO-No-Out-of-State-Tax-InfoG
  • No taxes on new machinery and equipment
  • No taxes on out-of-state sales
  • No taxes on inventory
  • Flat tax for companies with sales between $150,000 and $1 million
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"We found highly qualified, skilled workers right out of the gate."