September & October 2013
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JobsOhio Joins Ohio Conference
on Freight

In 2013, the JobsOhio Network is partnering with the Ohio Conference on Freight for the first time. JobsOhio is the state’s economic development agency re-organized under the Governor Kasich administration.

The Ohio Conference on Freight and JobsOhio share an interest in building professional connections and capacity between economic developers and the freight industry and infrastructure planners. JobsOhio Regional Network Manager Nate Green said, “The logistics industry is one of the most vital and strategic assets that we possess in Ohio. Partnering with the Ohio Conference on Freight gives JobsOhio great insight into the barriers that exist in Ohio as we work to further growth in the industry.”

JobsOhio will facilitate two workshops on the first day of the conference: Nate Green will lead a workshop on the “Economic Development Basics of Logistics.” His presentation will explore where growth is expected in the logistics industry and outline the collaborations necessary to capitalize on growth. Gary Thompson, director of the northwest Ohio region of JobsOhio, will facilitate “Case Studies in Logistics Projects” looking at the connections between supply chains, freight policies, and other influencers of economic growth.

JobsOhio will host the Thursday luncheon on the topic of site selection for freight facilities. Keynote speaker Christopher Steele is the chief operating officer of Investment Consulting Associates. He is the lead author of NCFRP Report 13 (National Cooperative Freight Research Program), a guide for public officials on key private sector transportation site-selection drivers.

The partnership with JobsOhio adds value to the conference in many ways, including enabling certified Economic Developers (CEcD) to receive professional education credits through the International Economic Development Council.

Any business or economic development group that wants information or help from JobsOhio can contact the northwest regional representative Gary Thompson at thompson@rgp.org, at 419-252-2700, ext. 313. Senior Project Manager Nate Green is at green@jobs-ohio.com or 614-300-1362.

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