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Site Selection Magazine Ohio: Trade Winds

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During his year of coaching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the NFL Super Bowl Championship in 2003, Jon Gruden said, “We don’t feel pressure. We apply it.”

It’s appropriate that Gruden is a graduate of the University of Dayton, because his quote serves as an apt metaphor for Ohio.

By any objective measure of economic development performance, Ohio is killing it.

In 2013, Ohio finished second in both Site Selection Governor’s Cup rankings — one for most new and expanded corporate facility projects, and one for most projects per capita.

In a survey by Chief Executive magazine last year, CEOs from around the country rated Ohio as the most improved business climate. In Site Selection’s most recent business climate ranking, Ohio placed second.

And in the scorecard that counts today, Ohio’s active project pipeline is the largest it has ever been.

That has not always been the case. According to John Minor, president and chief investment officer of JobsOhio — the private, nonprofit organization that promotes job creation and economic development for Ohio — the Buckeye State three years ago was about as bad as the 1977 Bucs: broke and reeling from a long line of defeats.

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