By LINDA HARRIS
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio - The Community Improvement Corp. and its Partners in Progress have teamed up for a new, 48-page guide to show prospective employers why Jefferson County is a great place to live and work.
The brochure, "Jefferson County, Gateway to Ohio's Shale Region," is packed with stories about Jefferson County, including input from longtime employers like M&M True Value Hardware and Voto Manufacturer's Sales Co., as well as newcomers like Heavy Duty Industrials, Power Torque, Premier Pump and Hess. There's information about the extensive database of available buildings and properties compiled by Progress Alliance, JobsOhio, the county airpark, local colleges and health care programs, features on some of the local attractions, like Historic Fort Steuben, Steubenville City of Murals and the Quaker Meeting House and a fun map showing things to do and see while here.
And it talks about the pivotal role the oil and gas industry is playing in the local economy, as well as other assets that make Jefferson County a must-see - a world-class rail system, river ports, a well-developed interstate highway system and easy access to international airports in Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Columbus.
"Positive things are happening here," Progress Alliance Executive Director Ed Looman said. "We're seeing an influx of new jobs, new wealth, new business and new residents, so the timing of this new marketing guide touting Jefferson County is ideal. I think we have a marketing piece now that speaks to so many positive things in Jefferson County - the educational opportunities we have here, our work force training, success stories from local businesses and health care, testimonials from some of our new companies. It's all about why Jefferson County is a great place to do business."
Looman said the guide "really sets us apart from other economic development organizations" serving small communities.
"It's a first-class marketing piece, and it gives us an advantage when it comes to telling prospects what we have here, the businesses we have here and the help we can give them," he said.
Looman said Progress Alliance and the Community Improvement Corp. have "maintained for a long time that Jefferson County is a great place to live, work and play."
"We really are the 'Gateway to Ohio's Shale Region,'" he said. "Some of the businesses that have landed here are working in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, and they realize Jefferson County is a great place, an ideal location."
Copies of the brochure may be obtained through Progress Alliance and will be used to promote Jefferson County to out-of-town prospects.
They'll also be distributed at business events and regional trade shows.