PROUD TO BE A PART OF THE REGION
A PARTNERSHIP TO
GROW YOUR BUSINESS
Welcome to Licking County
Licking County is a thriving community in central Ohio offering a diverse workforce, a variety of
shovel-ready sites to meet a company’s needs, cutting-edge training and workforce development
programs, a highly accessible transportation network, and an exceptional quality of life. GROW
Licking County serves as the front door of the community—welcoming development, connecting
resources, and increasing opportunities.
Through our public-private partnership, GROW Licking County facilitates relationships throughout
its footprint to ensure the county encourages emerging and existing growth opportunities across
our diverse industry sectors.
Our core message—“Simplifying Success”—can be seen in the businesses we have assisted,
the testimonials from project partners on GROW’s unique approach to economic development,
and the overall quality of life here in Licking County.
The GROW Licking County CIC provides a single, comprehensive resource to help businesses expand
or relocate to the area. Welcome to Licking County–we’re excited to help your business grow.
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LOCATED JUST 25 MINUTES EAST OF COLUMBUS, LICKING
COUNTY, OHIO IS A DAY’S DRIVE FROM 60% OF THE U.S.
POPULATION AND 50% OF THE CANADIAN POPULATION WITH
ACCESS TO MORE THAN 1 MILLION REGIONAL WORKERS.
SEATTLE, WA TORONTO, ON BOSTON, MA
9 days DETROIT, MI COLUMBUS, OH NEW YORK, NY
CHICAGO, IL PHILADELPHIA, PA
LOS ANGELES, CA
3.5–4 days INDIANAPOLIS, IN
ST. LOUIS, MO WASHINGTON, D.C.. BALTIMORE, MD
Licking County is a community that offers the benefits of a small town with the amenities of
a booming metropolis. Located in the center of the Columbus region, with 10-hour truck access to
nearly 60% of the U.S. population and markets, as well 50% of the Canadian market, Licking County’s
transportation network offers multiple points of direct access to the interstate system via improved
multi-lane state routes, making transporting people and product simple and cost-effective.
LICKING COUNTY OFFERS: MEXICO CITY “Rated among the top 10 FTZs in the
country, FTZ 138 helps businesses
• Facilities and development sites throughout the county that provides 3.5–4 days inside the zone’s 25-county, central
clients short line rail service with connecting service to CSX and 9 days Ohio service area lower costs and
Norfolk Southern, further enhancing and expanding logistics options. boost profits by deferring, reducing,
and eliminating customs duties. FTZ
• Commercial and freight air service is available within a 25 minute 138 has an annual economic impact
drive. A regional airport, serving small corporate aircraft, is located in of $5.2 Billion to the State of Ohio.”
the center of the county.
• Municipal, cooperative, and investor-owned utility and telecommunications networks run throughout the community.
Licking County also has an excellent quality of life with effective public education institutions, a broad-breadth of housing
options, 1,600 acres of public open spaces, and 40+ miles of recreational trails. In addition, residents and visitors alike
are a short 25-minute drive to downtown Columbus—Ohio’s state capital and home to wide range of renowned theatres,
first-class arts facilities, and a variety of athletic teams including the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets.
“With our ideal location within the Columbus Region as well as numerous local assets to help support businesses in Licking
County—businesses not only locate in Licking County, they THRIVE in Licking County.”
Licking County Chamber of Commerce President
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THE COMBINATION OF
FACILITIES & WORKFORCE
MAKES LICKING COUNTY A PERFECT FIT FOR ANY BUSINESS.
MANUFACTURING, ADVANCED MATERIALS, & INDUSTRIAL SERVICES
PROFESSIONAL, FINANCE, FASHION & LOGISTICS, E-COMMERCE,
& INSURANCE PERSONAL CARE & PACKAGING
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GROWing IN LICKING COUNT Y
Located just 25 minutes east of Columbus, the rapidly growing community of
Licking County is central Ohio’s hub for technology-based manufacturing. Combine
a locally trained workforce with the necessary infrastructure to support the advanced
manufacturing industry and interested companies will discover a perfect fit for
expanding their operations in Licking County, Ohio.
THE COUNTY HAS A POPULATION OF These include the Pataskala Corporate Park, Johnstown Enterprise Center,
Prologis Park 70 Etna, the Personal Care & Beauty Park in New Albany, the Mid-Ohio
173,000 AND THE POPULATION IS Industrial Park in Heath, the Newark Ohio Industrial Park located in Hebron, and the
Johnstown Commerce Center.
PREDICTED TO GROW TO WELL OVER
One of our premier sites for manufacturing is the 350+ acre Central Ohio
200,000 IN THE NEXT TWENTY YEARS. Aerospace & Technology Center (COATC), managed by the Heath-Newark-Licking
County Port Authority. A cornerstone business at the Central Ohio Aerospace &
Innovation & Tech Today recently highlighted Licking County for their STEM education Technology Center campus is the Boeing Guidance Repair Center, which provides
partnerships. The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology has created an essential support services to military aircraft and missile systems used all over the
ecosystem of success for generations of growth, innovation, and opportunities world. The center’s skilled workforce and unique technical capabilities, including
highlighting many of the local career pathways within the STEM field. This ecosystem underground labs and seismic stability, cannot be replicated anywhere in the world.
is driven by numerous corporate relationships with many of our local partners such as
the Boeing Company, Ariel Corporation, THK Manufacturing of America, and Covestro.
Through these relationships, many young people experience technology-driven
manufacturing careers at an early age—allowing future conversations in high school
to happen almost seamlessly.
“Licking County is right-sized. Our community is big
enough to offer the resources to meet industry needs
and yet small enough to care about growth, one
company at a time.”
Rick Platt, President and CEO
Newark, Heath, Licking County Port Authority
Of course there are many talented career professionals already supporting these Additionally, COATC offers clean room incubator space with its 50’x20’ Class 10,000
Licking County tech manufacturing companies, but this specialized workforce is (ISO 7) specialty space. The building that houses this clean room also has the ability
growing through collaboration with Central Ohio Technical College, The Ohio State to expand with up to four build-to-suit clean room modules.
University at Newark, Career and Technology Education Center (C-TEC) of Licking
County, as well as Denison University, in nearby Granville. Each year, hundreds of In thriving central Ohio, Licking County combines site opportunities with an
career-seeking students graduate from these regional institutions. educated, trained workforce, that global companies will find a perfect fit for
expanding their operations.
But what can a workforce provide without available sites? Licking County boasts
eight industrial parks with over 2,000 acres of shovel-ready sites allowing
companies ample options to explore and find their new home in Licking County.
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IN AN EXPANDING REGION
Licking County boasts eight established corporate MARION COUNTY
and industrial parks where businesses can
locate. These areas provide collaborative MORROW
eco-systems within targeted industries such COUNTY
as Health & Beauty, IT & Data, Corporate
Headquarters, Advanced Manufacturing, 71
Research & Development, Logistics & E-Commerce,
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With sites ranging from 3 acres to over 100 acres, UNION COUNTY DELAWARE
as well as existing buildings and built to suit COUNTY
options, companies have a variety of options
when locating in Licking County. LICKING
MADISON COUNTY FAIRFIELD COUNTY
JOHNSTOWN NEW ALBANY
COMMERCE PARK BUSINESS PARK
ENTERPRISE CENTER CORPORATE PARK
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HARTFORD BENNINGTON BURLINGTON
WASHINGTON EDEN FALLSBURY
12 LIBERTY MCKEAN
MONROE NEWTON MARY ANN PERRY
3 JERSEY ST. ALBANS GRANVILLE NEWARK
161 8 MADISON 16
4 16 7 FRANKLIN
CORPORATE PARK INDUSTRIAL PARK
MID-OHIO CENTRAL OHIO
INDUSTRIAL PARK AEROSPACE &
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THAT MATTER TO YOU
CENTRAL OHIO TECHNICAL COLLEGE BRADEN PATCHETT
Since its founding in 1971, Central Ohio Technical College’s (COTC) purpose has been Junior Designer
to provide students with technical skills and professional training designed to meet the
employment needs of new and existing businesses. The integration of academics and VARO Engineers, a Salas O’Brien Company
applied career preparation to enhance student learning is essential in meeting the COTC Mechanical Engineering
workforce demands and economic development needs of the people, businesses, Technology Graduate, 2017
and communities throughout central Ohio. COTC continues to be well-aligned with local
employer needs and economic development goals, offering over 45 associate degree “I took the skills learned at COTC and applied
and certificate programs with a primary focus on technical education in: them to the real world. My education from COTC
has allowed me to reach a better quality of life.
• Business and Information Technology • Health Care I love the work. I am making a difference in the
• Engineering Technology • Public Services and Safety local economy and helping local manufacturing.”
Along with the applied associate degrees in these disciplines, COTC also offers associate
of science and associate of arts degrees. Many of the degrees have articulated alignment
with four-year colleges and universities allowing the students the opportunity to attain a
bachelor’s degree in their respective field. COTC’s four full-service campuses are strategically
located with our main campus located in Newark, Ohio, and the extended campuses in
Mount Vernon, Coshocton, and Pataskala, Ohio.
MIRANDA WISE C-TEC OF LICKING COUNTY CUSTOMIZED TRAINING OFFERED
IN A VARIETY OF AREAS:
Welding Student Career and Technology Education Centers (C-TEC) of Licking
County has been serving Licking County and surrounding • Maintenance
Projected credentials include communities for more than 40 years. C-TEC offers certificates • Machining
OSHA 10 & AWD D.1.1. and credentials tied to local labor market demands. • Welding
Structural Welding Code/Steel C-TEC is a recognized leader for being the fastest and • Information Technology
most affordable way for employees to gain the skills they • Health Care
“I waited for the start date for C-TEC’s need to obtain and retain employment.
program over others because of the
help their staff offered compared to C-TEC is proud to offer traditional and customized training
elsewhere and because of the obvious utilizing the latest technology and equipment to provide a
strength of the program. I’m glad I did.” workforce that our local business, industry, and manufacturers
desire. Instructed by industry experts, classes can be taught
at our location or yours, during the day or evening.
C-TEC OF LICKING 96% 85%
EMPLOYED OR CREDENTIALS
SUCCESS RATE CONTINUING EDUCATION
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THE OHIO STATE
UNIVERSITY AT NEWARK
Serving as the largest satellite campus within
The Ohio State University system, The Ohio State
University at Newark is poised to serve your
businesses’ needs by providing your company
with a ready-to-go workforce. Students majoring
in high-demand careers such as Business
Management & Nursing can complete their
degrees at The Ohio State at Newark campus.
Moreover, the campus is industry-driven allowing
employers to submit internship opportunities for
their students to tap into and explore real-world
conditions prior to graduation.
Denison students are problem-solvers and effective communicators. They know how to work
independently and as part of a team. They’re confident and self-motivated. And now we’re giving
them—and you—an added advantage. Denison has doubled down on readiness programs and
skills training—enabling students to jump right in and thrive in the working world.
PUT THEIR SKILLS TO WORK. YOU’LL SEE THE DENISON DIFFERENCE.
Denison’s academic programs feature faculty at the top of their fields, hands-on research,
experiential learning, and majors ranging from traditional liberal arts subjects like English, History,
and Biology to new programs like Data Analytics, Global Commerce, and Narrative Journalism. And
Denison, founded in 1831 with a student body of 2,300 students, augments classroom learning
with the profession-specific knowledge and skills students need to hit the ground running.
“Amazon is in a very fortunate position to be able to choose from some of the
best and the brightest students around. What excited us about bringing in a
couple interns from Denison is how well-rounded they are at this point in their
education. Moving around from project to project was something they were
very comfortable with because of their liberal arts educations. They are
students who really align with our leadership principles in that they have
a real bias for action. “
Craig Berman, Vice President, Global Communications
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SINCE 2015, NO. 4
LICKING COUNTY: IN THE
9% HIGHEST LEVEL OF
THE LARGEST GROWTH COMPETITIVE
IN MANUFACTURING JOBS EFFECT
IN CENTRAL OHIO FOR MANUFACTURING*
“The GROW Licking County team was tremendous
to work with. Their hands-on, professional
services and attention to detail were integral to
our client’s facility location in Licking County.”
Mark Simmons, Site Consultant
with Parker Poe Consulting
* THIS IS DEFINED BY EMSI AS “HOW MUCH OF THE CHANGE IN A GIVEN INDUSTRY IS DUE TO SOME UNIQUE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE THAT THE COUNTY POSSESSES,
BECAUSE THE GROWTH CANNOT BE EXPLAINED BY NATIONAL TRENDS IN THAT INDUSTRY OR THE ECONOMY AS WHOLE”
† THIS IS DEFINED BY EMSI AS “THE AMOUNT SPENT BY INDUSTRIES AND CONSUMERS ON ESSENTIAL GOODS INSIDE THE DEFINED REGION FOR THE GIVEN INDUSTRY”
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LICKING COUNTY OFFERS
THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE
COLLECTION OF BUSINESS
FOR NEW AND DEVELOPING
BUSINESSES IN THE MIDWEST.
GROW LICKING COUNTY
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