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The Economic Development Alliance of Southern Ohio is the starting point for businesses and industries looking to begin operations in Ross or surrounding counties in addition to helping current employers looking to expand operations or in need of technical assistance. Since 2010, EDASO assisted in the creation of 674 jobs and has seen the value of property in Chillicothe and Ross County increase by 4.1 percent. A little more than 1 million square feet of manufacturing and distribution space has been added in the past five years.
EDASO is a partnership of local and area businesses and industries and local government. Its board consists of officials from the major industries as well as key government officials. This cooperation allows for a smooth handling of issues such as permits, zoning and incentives. We invite you to check out our website to gain a better understanding of what is available to help you and your business prosper in Chillicothe, Ross County and southern Ohio. Learn More >>
Manufacturing remains an important part of the overall workforce in Chillicothe and is expected to continue its success moving into 2016 as local officials say they foresee anticipated growth not only within the city, but the Appalachian region as a whole. John Molinaro, president and CEO of the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth, is one individual who already predicts good things for the Chillicothe region.
Continued retail growth is expected to continue in 2016 as local officials say this year proved to be a good one for Chillicothe, especially with the opening of several new stores at the Guernsey Crossing shopping mall that has created additional jobs in the area. Randy Davies, president and CEO of the Chillicothe-Ross Chamber of Commerce, said the city continues to be a hub for retail business that can be seen along Bridge Street and other areas within the community such as downtown, the west side and even within some villages within Ross County. Read more
Sofidel Group, a firm based in the Tuscany region of Italy, plans to build a new tissue manufacturing plant in Pickaway County, about 15 miles north of Chillicothe. Hundreds of new jobs are expected to be created, with hiring beginning in the fall of 2016 and operations beginning in early 2017. The company made the announcement Nov. 5. The 1.4 million square foot facility will be across from the current DuPont operations, just south of Circleville. It will be on the east side of U.S. 23 and just south of the PPG plant. Read more
“While Adena will hold the lease and be caretaker of the Carlisle Building, this historic structure belongs to Chillicothe,” said Adena President and CEO Mark Shuter. “With The Chesler Group, and many community and state partners, we have been able to give the building new life, and it is now serving as a catalyst for new investment in our downtown. And as a community, we have a lot to celebrate.” The 32,000 square-foot Carlisle Building is located in the center of downtown Chillicothe, and sat condemned after nearly being destroyed by arson in 2003. After years of community discussion, the building was ultimately saved, due to the perseverance of historic preservationists, and the vision of Adena’s leaders to utilize the building to house medical students and physician residents. Read more
Want new jobs? Want to encourage development locally? Want to have control over that development when it comes? If so, become familiar with the acronym JEDD, because area economic development officials and future city leaders are expressing significant interest in exploring a JEDD in Ross County in the years to come. A JEDD, or Joint Economic Development District, is a development tool that allows a city and an unincorporated entity, most commonly a township, to contract with each other for development purposes. Read more | View JEDD Presentation Video
Local developer Pat McAllister says that, through the years, you learn to trust your gut feeling when it comes to involvement in new projects, particularly hotels. “Like any other business, it has its ups and downs and you have to be prepared for that, but currently, I think the trend is that we in this area can support another hotel.” That hotel will be a new Marriott-branded Fairfield Inn & Suites For Chillicothe and Ross County. Read more