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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 >>

Riffle launches another plant expansion

Riffle Machine Works is expanding again. Chris Manegold, CEO of the Economic Development Alliance of Southern Ohio, appeared Monday on behalf of the company before Ross County Commissioners seeking approval of a 10-year, 50-percent tax abatement to construct a third 100,000-square-foot structure on the Riffle campus off Ohio 159. Read more




2015 By the Numbers

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Economic Development Alliance of Southern Ohio we are pleased to share with you our 2015 By the Numbers annual report, an accounting of activities, services, accomplishments and benchmark results during the past year. Read more




Chillicothe Ranked Among Top Micropolitans

Chillicothe ranks in a tie for 39th on Site Selection Magazine’s list of the Top 100 Micropolitan Areas in the U.S. for 2015. “This is Chillicothe’s second consecutive appearance on this competitive list; the third time in the last five years,” commented Chris Manegold, CEO of the Economic Development Alliance of Southern Ohio, “and that momentum is continuing into 2016." Read more



2015 Ross County Performance Dashboard

Last year, for the first time, we shared with you a Ross County Performance Dashboard, offering numerical insight into the question “how are we doing?” as a community and as a local economy. Five years ago we began to collect these statistics for internal purposes at the suggestion of a consultant. Now with a five-year history, we think you’ll find this data of interest. Read more



Eallonardo Elected to Lead Alliance Board

Tammy Eallonardo has been elected to Chair the board of directors of the Economic Development Alliance of Southern Ohio (the Alliance).  She succeeds William E. (Bill) Beatty who led the organization for six years.  He remains on the board as Immediate Past Chair. As manager of The Reserves Network Chillicothe office, Eallonardo and her team employ more than 250 people in manufacturing and distribution facilities throughout southern Ohio. Read more



Manufacturing outlook in area is rosy

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.
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Chamber: Retail growth expected to continue

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



Italian firm plans to add hundreds of new jobs with new plant

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



Local officials learn about forming a JEDD

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


New Fairfield Inn to open in late 2016

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




Tax abatements, Industrial revenue bonds and other tools are available to help you start or expand your industry or business on a local level.

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Economic Development Alliance of Southern Ohio

45 East Main St.
Chillicothe OH 45601

Phone: 740.772.5100
Fax: 740.702.2727


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