Springfield sites among 1st to get designation that may add jobs


Two Springfield business parks are among the first in Ohio to be included in a new state program that local leaders said could drive Clark County to the top of the list for potential industrial developers.

The Prime Ohio II and Nextedge business parks have been approved as part of the new Site Ohio program, said Horton Hobbs, vice president for economic development at the Chamber of Greater Springfield.

That process — developed by the state’s economic development agency JobsOhio — designates sites that have infrastructure and utilities in place, spokesman Matt Englehart said.

RELATED: Springfield industrial park nears completion

“When companies are ready to go, they want to make sure they can get up and running quickly, that it’s as cost efficient and effective for them as possible and that there’s as little risk associated with their decision as possible,” said Horton Hobbs, vice president for economic development at the Chamber of Greater Springfield. “The site certification allows us to demonstrate to a company that we’re ready to go, right now, not in six months or a year.”

The four sites currently approved under the process include Prime Ohio II and Nextedge, as well as the Airport West business park in Mansfield and the Leesburg Industrial Park in Highland County, according to information from the Ohio Development Services Agency.

READ MORE: Springfield business park soon to be home to Honda supplier

Information from JobsOhio shows unlike many other certification programs, SiteOhio was designed to evaluate all of a specific site’s attributes and determine how well they work together to provide companies the best location to match a firm’s requirements. It was developed to improve Ohio’s portfolio of available industrial, manufacturing and commercial locations for investment.

“When a site is verified with the SiteOhio seal, it is guaranteed to be ready for development on day one, allowing businesses to hit the ground running and get to market faster,” Englehart said.

The designation could also push the two Clark County sites to the top of the list when developers are looking at potential sites in Ohio, Hobbs said.

DETAILS: Enon-based Speedway finalizes deal with Hess

Prime Ohio II is a roughly $8.5 million, 184-acre industrial park along I-70 that is expected to provide space for light manufacturing, logistics and distribution firms. Love’s Truck Stop is the site’s first tenant and opened earlier this year.

The Nextedge Applied Research and Technology Park is a roughly 200-acre site near Ohio 40 and Titus Road that houses offices for the Ohio/Indiana UAS Center as well as corporate offices for Speedway.

“When a project is put out there and we respond with one of our construction-ready sites, that end-user knows we’re ready to go now, and that all the big issues that are typical have already been screened and overcome,” Hobbs said. “It really eliminates speed and risk from the equation for the companies.”

RELATED: $8.5 million park will bring jobs

Sites that don’t meet all the program’s requirements are still considered viable locations for companies, but the SiteOhio designation shows the approved sites meet a higher standard.

The certification process also allowed local officials to show coordination between economic development agencies, city and county staff and local utility providers, among others, Hobbs said.

“It’s basically a safe, mock run at making a pitch to a company and we passed that with flying colors,” Hobbs said.

The designation has already resulted in more interest from developers for both business parks, Hobbs said. Not all of those calls will necessarily result in new projects but the key is that it provides more attention to the region.

“Eighty-percent of this is just getting the opportunity and we’re starting to get those,” Hobbs said. “It will pay dividends, no doubt.”



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Business

Stagnant population, lower wages a drag on area home building
Stagnant population, lower wages a drag on area home building

Dayton-area home-builders are building fewer homes, exacerbating an already chronic crunch in inventory. Builders identify several problems at work: Last winter was a relatively rough one — and more troubling — the Dayton area isn’t experiencing the growth in jobs, wages and population that other parts of the nation are seeing. &ldquo...
7 tips for males who manage or mentor females
7 tips for males who manage or mentor females

It's a sensitive time in this #MeToo era. As Peter J. Strauss described it in Forbes, "Over the past few months, there has been an important and long overdue national conversation surrounding the topics of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior in the workplace."  And while the movement has generated massive positive change, "...
Target next-day delivery may be coming
Target next-day delivery may be coming

A next-day delivery service from Target isn’t available in Dayton yet -- but “stay tuned,” Target is saying. The retail company announced that it is offering “Target Restock,” a next-day delivery service of household goods, available “coast to coast,” the company said. But a cursory search on the Target Restock...
Your next weekend trip: 20 things to do, see, eat in Cincinnati 
Your next weekend trip: 20 things to do, see, eat in Cincinnati 

The Queen City is calling.  Cincinnati just made the list of top travel destinations for the summer, and you’ll find plenty of reasons why. Just a short drive away from Dayton, Cincinnati ranked as the sixth most popular city for summer travel this year.  This news organization gives you some inside tips for having the BEST weekend...
Kroger plans automated warehouses through new deal
Kroger plans automated warehouses through new deal

Kroger could open up to 20 automated warehouses in three years as part of a new deal with a grocery technology company. The Cincinnati-based grocery giant has an agreement to buy a stake in Ocado, an online grocer based in the U.K., and license technology to be used for automated warehouses and delivering food to customers doors, according to Bloomberg...
More Stories