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Marion County, Ohio: Putting Its Best Resources Forward

For 30 years, Marion CAN DO!, Marion County, Ohio’s economic development agency, has worked hard to attract new businesses to a historically blue-collar community. In the last eight years, with a tremendous amount of community/business collaboration and cooperation, more than a half billion dollars has been invested in new and expanding businesses, mostly manufacturing and logistics.

In partnership with OhioMeansJobs-Marion County and a collaboration of workforce development organizations (K-12 and post-secondary schools, businesses and workforce administrators, together known as the Marion Area Workforce Acceleration Collaborative or MAWAC), CAN DO!, OMJ-MC, and MAWAC have embraced the compelling claim that Marion, OH, is America’s Workforce Development Capital®.

Marion, Ohio
Sika Corporation, a manufacturer of adhesives, sealants, coatings and additives for the construction and manufacturing industries, has opened a new distribution center in Marion, Ohio. (Photo: Courtesy of Sika Corporation)

 

The group puts Marion’s best resources forward to attract and retain businesses looking to expand or relocate.

Nearly a quarter of Marion’s residents work in manufacturing and logistics. “There is momentum in Marion, Ohio—and our workforce sets us apart,” said Gus Comstock, Director of Marion CAN DO! “We’re excited to share Marion’s story one site selector and company at a time. Marion is an innovative and evolving community with a diverse workforce that is part of the One Columbus award-winning central Ohio economic development region.”

The workforce of tomorrow is trained in Marion. Marion Technical College, The Ohio State University at Marion, RAMTEC Ohio robotics education program, Tri-Rivers Career Center, and MAWAC, provide high-quality certifications and degrees. Marion City Schools has a logistics curriculum, and many graduates pursue post-secondary degrees in logistics at renowned colleges. Roxane Somerlot, the Director of Marion County Job & Family Services Department, chairs CAN DO! and works closely with these groups to match the unemployed with job openings and training.

Employers, educators, and others offer praise. “I’ve never lived in a place where school district superintendents and university leaders meet together to develop programs for young people to help them identify future career opportunities,” said Rev. Ken Daniels, CEO and President of United Church Homes, which is headquartered in Marion.

“If you come to Marion, you can partner with the educational community and find and train workers,” said Dr. Ryan McCall, President of Marion Technical College. “We have the ability to train the people you need for your workforce.”

Marion CAN DO! works with site selectors and companies to identify flexible sites. For example, at the corner of State Routes 98 and 309, developer

Ohio Logistics IV will be building a 52-acre Commerce Park and a 197-acre industrial site. This site is ready for development and in the process of being authenticated by JobsOhio as a site-ready location.

With affordable properties and housing, low taxes, a low cost of living, competitive incentives, and easy access to rail, highway and a municipal airport (less than 50 miles to John Glenn International Airport in Columbus), Marion has much to offer.

Visit marioncando.com for more information.

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