Ohio and PA take top honors in development

FILE: Ohio Governor John Kasich is seen at the Atlantic hosted "Building the Future:Manufacturing's Software Revolution"event on Wednesday, in Norwood, OH. The governor addresss the audience in the Siemen's motors manufacturing facility. (Chris Cone/AP Images for Siemens)
FILE: Ohio Governor John Kasich is seen at the Atlantic hosted "Building the Future:Manufacturing's Software Revolution"event on Wednesday, in Norwood, OH. The governor addresss the audience in the Siemen's motors manufacturing facility. (Chris Cone/AP Images for Siemens)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio placed second to Texas again last year in an annual survey measuring how states stack up in attracting to companies and getting existing ones to expand.

Texas recorded 657 projects in 2013, well ahead of Ohio’s 480. Illinois was third, followed by Pennsylvania and Michigan.

This was all according to Site Selection magazine, which awarded Texas the Governor’s Cup for the second straight year for its efforts. Ohio won the competition in 2011.

The Youngstown-Warren area made the magazine’s top ten list in development in the state with 22 new or expanded development projects in the region.

“Of all those companies that are moving to the area that are new to our community, they are creating jobs,” said Sarah Boyarko, vice president of economic development for the Regional Chamber. “ It is great to be recognized for the activity. These companies are spending money here and they are creating jobs, and they plan to be here long-term.”

The Columbus Dispatch reports that the magazine added a second category this year that judges how states do per capita. Ohio came in second to Nebraska.

Even though Ohio has done well in the competition, the state still places behind many other states when it comes to recovering jobs lost during the recession.

Pennsylvania has also earned some boasting rights. Governor Tom Corbett announced on Wednesday that the keystone state ranked as the top in the northeast region for new corporate facilities in 2013.

Site Selection magazine gave the state the top billing. Pennsylvania also broke the top five nationally, for the third year in a row, for new or expanded corporate facilities.

“We’re investing in energy, in our infrastructure, in education, and in our workforce to build a stronger Pennsylvania because it’s those assets that attract business investment and create jobs,” said Corbett.  “Every one of the 348 successful projects means new jobs and new opportunities for the people of Pennsylvania.”

Site Selection reported that Pennsylvania finished fourth in the nation with 348 new or expanded corporate facilities in 2013. The ranking is based on new corporate location projects that met at least one of the following criteria: involved a capital investment of at least $1 million, created at least 50 new jobs or added at least 20,000 square feet of space.

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