According to Jason Kester, executive director of the Southern Ohio Port Authority (SOPA), the local economy is alive and well and that becomes more evident in a recent report released by the United States Department of Labor indicating the top 25 counties in Ohio with the biggest economic development growth. The report placed Scioto County as the 18th in Ohio with the biggest growth in 2016.
The report was detailed by Columbus Business Journal, detailing each of the 25 counties and why they deserved the ranking,
Chairman of the Scioto County Commissioners Bryan Davis said he was overjoyed with the report and showed that one of the keys to economic development is regions working together and celebrating each other’s successes.
“I think it’s great and it shows that we’re headed in the right direction,” Davis said. “The efforts being put forth by so many people and organizations locally, regionally and even at the state and federal level are starting to pay off.”
Kester agreed with Davis’ assessment
“If you look at the APEG (Appalachian Partnership For Economic Development) job creation matrix you’ve got Zanesville, Scioto and Pike Counties, those three counties had as many or more projects than anyone else in Appalachia. It’ not surprising they are on this report,” Kester said.
On the report, Pike County was listed as number 23 and according to the Columbus Business Journal, there were 457 jobs added to the county with a total of 9,766 employed, representing a 4.9 percent increase.
The report lists Scioto County as number 18 and according to the Columbus Business Journal, there were 650 jobs added to the county with a total of 23,797 people employed in the county representing a 2.8 percent increase in employment.
“SOPA’s number one responsibility is Scioto County… but, we spend about as much time helping our friends in Pike County… Both counties were in the Top 25 in Ohio in terms of job growth… and we’ve got another big announcement in terms of a national metric coming in the next couple of weeks,” Kester said on this Facebook, previewing a big announcement on the horizon.
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