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The Ohio economic development directory below (scroll down) links to the websites and contacts for many economic development organizations in Ohio and related content. Contact us for project assistance, or to update our directory listing for an area.  We provide personal introductory referrals and other assistance according to the investment project interests of the corporate executives and business advisors we serve.
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Ohio Department of Development - Economic Development Division - Office of Business Development State 43215 (614) 466-4551

The Ohio Manufacturers Association Association
Ohio Economic Development Association Region

City of Dublin, OH  Economic Development City 43016

Dana McDaniel


Licking County Chamber of Commerce - Newark OH County 43058
Westerville Local 43081
Village of Obetz Village 43207
Columbus Chamber Metro 43215

Matt McCollister


Mid-Ohio Development Exchange Region James Schimmer
Buckeye Power Utility 43226
Barberton Community Development Corporation City 44203

Larry Lallo

Northeast Ohio Trade & Economic Consortium (NEOTEC) - Kent OH - serves multiple countries Region 44242

Ron DeBarr

Eastern Ohio Development Alliance - works with Buckeye Power multi county region


American Electric Power multi state utility 43230
Marion Can Do! City 43302
Wood County Economic Development Commission - WCEDC, Bowling Green, OH County 43402 419-352-7469
Defiance County Economic Development Office County 43512
Regional Growth Partnership of NW Ohio, Toledo Multi County Region  43604
Toledo Department of Development Metro 43604
Morgan County Improvement Corp. - McConnellsville county 43756
Cleveland Plus Business - promotes 16 county region - Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Youngstown Region
City of Mentor, OH City 44060
Greater Cleveland Growth Association - see also Greater Cleveland Partnership Metro 44113
City of Strongsville, OH City 44136
City of Stow, OH City 44224 330-689-2814
City of Hudson, OH Economic Development City 44236

Chuck Wiedie

Northeast Ohio Trade and Economic Consortium (NEOTEC) - multiple counties and FTZ No. 181 Region 44242

Ron DeBarr

Medina County, OH County  44256
Wadsworth City, OH City 44281
Greater Akron Chamber Metro 44308
FirstEnergy multi state utility 44308
Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber Region 44481
Crawford County Ohio Economic Development Partnership County 44820 419-563-1809
Crawford County Development Board, Inc. - Crossroads Industrial Center - Bucyrus County Development 44820
Bucyrus Area Chamber of Commerce Chamber 44820
Fostoria Economic Development Corp City 44830
North Central Ohio Development Partnership Region 44905
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Cincinnati USA Partnership

Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce

Metro region 45202


Nick Vehr

(513) 579-3100


General email


Business Expansion:

Neil Hensley



Jessica Johnson

(513) 579-3103

2003 CoreNet Global Learning :  Economic Development Leadership & Accomplishment Award

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cincytechusa - Cincinnati Regional Technology Initiative tech sector 45202

Johnathan Holifield

City of Cincinnati Dept. of Economic Development City 45202

Chad Munitz

Downtown Cincinnati Inc. Local 45202

David Ginsburg

Butler County Economic Development County 45011

Brian Coughlin

Warren County Office of Economic Development County 45036

Kimm Coyner

City of Mason City 45040

Michelle Blair

Clermont County Commissioners - Economic Development County 45102

Andy Kuchta

Clermont Chamber of Commerce City 45150

Chris Smith

Duke Energy (Cinergy) Economic Development Utility 45201

David Smith

Hamilton County Development Co., Inc. County 45212

David Main

City of Blue Ash City 45243

Judy Clark

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport Airport 45275

Judy Ingram

Northern Kentucky Tri-ED Region 41017

Daniel E. Tobergte

Dearborn County Economic Development Initiative - Indiana County 47025

James F. West, Jr.

812 537-0814
Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce, Indiana County 47025



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Website and other resources
Preble County Development County 45320 937-456-8190
Dayton Regional Development Alliance Metro 45402    
CityWide Development Corp., Dayton OH City 45402
Dayton Development Coalition Region 45423

Marty Hohenberger

City of West Carrollton OH City 45449
City of Springfield City 45502
Allen Economic Development Group (Lima) County 45801
Mercer County Community Development Dept. County 45822
Findlay-Hancock County County 45840
Wapakoneta Area EDC Local 45895
Explanation of column headings above
  •  Organizations are generally sorted in postal code order so that locations which are geographically close to each other will usually (not always) be grouped together.  This is a selective directory, even though the state directory is more comprehensive than the very selective one we will maintain at the regional level to highlight the organizations which support our work or are found to be of frequent interest for the convenience of the executives and business advisors we serve.
  •  Scope : is the area served by the organization, and postal code.  We may include thumbnail maps which expand to show information about participating areas, or link directly to good maps or GIS research tools on the organization's website.
  •  Contacts : relationship leader at GDI Solutions for maintaining information about contacts in this area.  If there is a working relationship through our various GUIDE services, we also list the key organization contact, phone, and optional e-mail.
  •  Website and other resources : Aside from the main website link, we may include other direct links to highlight special features of expected interest to executives, especially if they might not be readily noticed by just visiting the website.  A good example of this is when relevant content is actually maintained somewhere else, such as a regional website rather than the local one, so that one would otherwise need to know to follow the available links between the websites.
The directory above links to the websites of many Ohio economic development organizations (EDO) and provides contacts and Area Profiles, Surveys, or other available content about OH as a "long list" extension of our contacts directory for the OH and larger Great Lakes region , following the same structure as our global contact directories.

These area representatives would typically include

  •  a state department of commerce or industry or a provincial government office
  •  greater metro city or county area chamber of commerce
  •  county economic development agency
  •  industrial development corporation or council - IDC
  •  alliance for business development, community development
  •  investment promotion agency - IPA
  •  industry cluster development initiatives, business incubators, technology parks
  •  regional or global professional B2B networking organizations, business partnering, joint venture development, or strategic business alliance services
  •  trade and investment promotion offices
Despite the wide variety of names for such economic development organizations, and variances in the scope of their services, the ones we list are generally actively involved in efforts to attract, expand, and retain business investment projects in their areas (offices, factories, etc.), including the attraction of foreign direct investment projects (FDI).  This typically includes support services, financial incentives, and information for corporate site selection decisions as well as local business retention and expansion services. 

The presence, absence, or position of any organization on these lists, or their position on the lists, does not imply any endorsement or opinion about their services, nor by them about our own.

The selections are simply intended to be helpful to executives who may be unaware of such contacts, or how to reach their websites quickly.  Please contact us directly for relevant introductions or any additional contacts, market knowledge, and research which we don't publish.

Contact information for relationship leaders at Global Direct Investment Solutions :

We develop and maintain working relationships among participating area representatives - economic development organizations - and professional service providers as well as senior corporate executives who are responsible for the planning of major projects such as new, relocated, expanded or consolidated offices, factories, distribution centers or other operations.

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