Projects

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Nature Fresh

Nature Fresh Farms is looking for assistance in getting a new raw water supply facilitate their anticipated project involving phases 4 and 5 of the master development plan. Nature Fresh purchased 175 acres in Fulton County to construct a new greenhouse growing facility for the production of vegetables for shipment throughout the Midwest 12 months a year. The facility will be built in twelve phases over seven years and include a distribution center and consumer education center. When fully constructed, it will be the largest greenhouse facility in the US, employing 300 full time persons. The first phase was started in the spring of 2015 and encompasses 15.32 acres of the 175 acre site Phases 2 and 3 are adding two additional 15.32 acre greenhouses. The site will produce peppers and tomatoes year round for the Midwest. One of the long-range goals is to utilize waste heat from the North Star Bluescope Steel facility located across SR 20A from the Nature Fresh site.

 

Economic Development Administration Center

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) recently awarded Bowling Green State University’s (BGSU) Center for Regional Development (CRD) a five year funding commitment under the EDA University Center Program. The Rural Universities Consortium University Center, a partnership between Ohio University and BGSU, enhances economic development by making its resources available to the economic development community within its service area.

  • The transfer of university technical expertise and applied research primarily serving the needs of Ohio’s small, rural, and non-metropolitan local governments
  • Provide support and technical assistance to the business community to facilitate the growth and retention of jobs
  • Improving knowledge of, access to, and capacity for the use of current technology to enhance local development planning and policy making efforts

 

Counties at Risk

The Center for Regional Development (CRD) has developed a list of rankings to help counties determine the level of economic risk of their specific county in comparison to other counties in the State of Ohio. The indicators were chosen based off of statistical significance, and the correlation of the variables, availability of data and frequency of data updates. The data should be viewed as a general indicator for the counties economic risk, which are dependent on six factors: population change, average workforce change, percent with a four year degree or above, percent of population in poverty, median household income, and location quotient of manufacturing firms. Please note that the ranking system created by CRD begins at 88, which represents the county with the least risk, and continues until it reaches the county at the most risk, ranked 1. The following maps show the rankings for each of the six variables individually, as well as a combined overall risk compilation.

 

Ohio Means Jobs and Internships (OMIC) 2.5

BGSU was awarded a second grant for the Ohio Means Internships and Co-ops (OMIC 2.5) project, which will focus on creating infrastructure to increase internships and co-ops in the JobsOhio key industry sectors for the 2016 year. The project is spearheaded by Dr. Jessica Turos, associate director of the Career Center. As part of this grant, BGSU CRD will use funds from the grant to create an economic development internship model using spatial and economic analysis to help select potential internship opportunities in northwest Ohio in the JobsOhio target industries.
The University's Center for Regional Development (CRD) previously created an award-winning toolkit aimed at helping businesses identify their most advantageous location. Adapting those tools, the CRD will use its spatial analysis models to help select potential internship opportunities in northwest Ohio. The models will allow the selection of firms that are in alignment with the Jobs Ohio target industries.

CRD will identify the growing industries in our region that could provide internship opportunities, as well as identifying opportunities within declining regions where placing interns could provide greater economic resources that are currently missing in these areas Using CRD's findings, BGSU will be better able to connect interns with industries that may not normally be associated with their academic degree program, significantly broadening the impact of the grant. CRD will conduct an economic impact analysis of the internships that were placed by BGSU, which will allow BGSU to calculate a return on investment of the program.

Another option that will be explored in this funding cycle is the identification of internship opportunities that lie within the hometown regions of clusters of BGSU students. If we can identify summer internship partners that are in the home region of our students it will make the summer placement process far more efficient. It will increase the success rate because students should be more familiar with the targeted firms. The target firms will benefit by knowing the interns are “local” and therefore less likely to experience travel delays or related travel challenges. Further, it is always wise not to discount the benefit of the “sense of community” generated by local interactions.

 

Reifel Industries/Village of Pioneer

Reifel Industries/Village of Pioneer project involves constructing a new access road for Reifel Industries that is required as a result of their proposed expansion project. The road will connect Reifel Industries with SR 15 giving them easier access to Michigan and the Ohio Turnpike. As part of the project, KJL, LLC an affiliate of Reifel Industries, Inc. will construct a 44,000 s.f. heat treating facility to be leased to Alenloh, Brink, & Co. US, lnc. (TruFast). KJL, LLC will invest $1.8 in the construction of the building and on-site improvements. TruFast will invest $3.25M in heat-treating equipment to provide for the heat-treating capacity required for screw products produced by the TruFast at their facility in Bryan, Ohio. An access roadway is required to facilitate the anticipated increase in truck traffic involved with the movement of inventory. The cost of the roadway and associated water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer is an estimated $2.1 M. The construction of the roadway and associated infrastructure will allow for the development of the heat-treating facility to serve the needs of TruFast. This will allow for the co-location of the Reifel Industries, Inc. E Coating facility with the TruFast Heat Treating Facility capitalizing on the synergies between the companies. The development of public infrastructure to support this development is a public/private partnership resulting in the creating 52 full-time manufacturing jobs in the Village of Pioneer. This will result in positive impact to the Village through the expansion of income and property tax base as well as creating additional land for future development. This will maximize the return on the public infrastructure investment. This project will involve a number of public agency investors, including an application for EDA assistance.

CRD assisted the Village of Pioneer, Maumee Valley Planning Organization and Williams County in developing applications for assistance from the Community Development Block Grant Program, State of Ohio 166 Program and Economic Development Administration, Public Works Program. The community was able to access just over $2.0 M to bring this project to fruition.

 

Counties at Risk - Overall Report

The Center for Regional Development (CRD) has developed a list of rankings to help counties determine the level of economic risk of their specific county in comparison to other counties in the State of Ohio. The indicators were chosen based off of statistical significance, and the correlation of the variables, availability of data and frequency of data updates. The data should be viewed as a general indicator for the counties economic risk, which are dependent on six factors: population change, average workforce change, percent with a four year degree or above, percent of population in poverty, median household income, and location quotient of manufacturing firms. Please note that the ranking system created by CRD begins at 88, which represents the county with the least risk, and continues until it reaches the county at the most risk, ranked 1. The following maps show the rankings for each of the six variables individually, as well as a combined overall risk compilation.

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100 Jobs

CRD has produced a series of publications detailing what 100 jobs means to county economies. Each of the Center's 27 counties is analyzed in a separate monograph.

Each document includes a statistical analysis of the county from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, a population pyramid showing the age distribution of each counties population compared to the state, a pie chart showing the current employment by sector and the summary table of the impact results. The summary table depicts how many additional jobs could be expected by the creation of 100 new jobs in each of the identified sectors. It shows the direct jobs, the 100 jobs being created, and then new jobs created as a result of business to business spending and those attributed to employee spending. The summary table forecasts potential economic activity in terms of dollars generated by supply chain expenditures as well as dollars expended by employee spending. The numbers can be adjusted based on the actual number of jobs created. For example, if a company creates 50 jobs, the numbers can be divided in half to show the relative impact on those 50 jobs for each county. Additionally, you are able to retrieve a more detailed analysis of which sectors will be most likely to gain employment from the creation of the hypothetical 100 jobs. These details are included in the document, but can be viewed from the CRD web site. The data also shows the additional dollars of economic activity generated by the creation of 100 jobs.

 

Economic Development Administration University Center

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) recently awarded Bowling Green State University's (BGSU) Center for Regional Development (CRD) a five year funding commitment under the EDA University Center Program. The Rural Universities Consortium University Center, a partnership between Ohio University and BGSU, enhances economic development by making its resources available to the economic development community within its service area.

  • The transfer of university technical expertise and applied research primarily serving the needs of Ohio's small, rural, and non-metropolitan local governments
  • Provide support and technical assistance to the business community to facilitate the growth and retention of jobs
  • Improving knowledge of, access to, and capacity for the use of current technology to enhance local development planning and policy making efforts

Ohio's Creative Economies

This study estimates the economic contribution made by the creative industries in Ohio. It details the employment, output and tax impacts. It finds that the creative industries account for a significant portion of the growing economy and have distinct influence on firm attraction and retention efforts. This is a follow up study to CRD's 2009 Ohio's Arts: A Foundation of Innovation, Creativity, and Economic Strength. (This study will be released in the Spring of 2013)

CRD Space - Time Analysis And GeoVisualization ToolBox

Cluster-Based Economic Development (CBED), as an alternative economic development strategy, has become more commonplace in recent years (Carroll et al 2008). This idea has been promoted by the work of academics and has gained acceptance among practitioners. An assessment of industry location and density patterns becomes the first phase in the identification of potential cluster regions to be included in a cluster driven development policy. However, it is more interesting to policy makers regarding the stability of spatial industry clusters. This toolbox can be used to conduct exploratory space-time analysis of industry clusters in a comparative framework using both simulated (for policy scenario) data and real world NAICS (The North American Industry Classification System) data.

The Spatial Implications of the Great Recession

The purpose of this project is to examine the impact of the recession on unemployment rates in rural and urban areas respectively. More specifically, we want to ascertain whether rural counties fared better or worse than their urban counterparts. We are also interested in seeing if rural counties that were adjacent to metro areas were impacted differently than rural counties not adjacent to metro areas.

Economic Impact of the Arts in Northwest Ohio

The arts and creative industries are flourishing in NW Ohio. These industries have become a significant driver for economic growth and job creation. The study explores the economic impact of this sector and highlights the role the sector plays in the new economy. This is a follow up study to CRD's 2007 Arts and Regional Prosperity: Economic Impact of the Creative Industries in Northwest Ohio. (This study will be released in the Spring of 2013)

Measuring Bowling Green State University's Impact on Ohio's Economy

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