COVID 19 has illustrated the challenges created by a global supply chain for thousands of American companies. A supply chain is a network between a company and its suppliers to produce and distribute a specific product to the final buyer.[i] This network includes different activities, people, entities, information, and resources.[ii] The supply chain also represents the steps it takes to get the product or service from its original state to the customer.[iii] Companies develop supply chains so they can reduce their costs and remain competitive in the business landscape.[iv]
As we begin to plan for a post-pandemic world, a movement to reshore or attract the manufacture of certain “essential” products has been gaining traction. Economic developers across the nation are aware that landing a new or expanding manufacturer that might create jobs and investment in their community could be a key part of their economic recovery process. It could also provide a much-needed level of industry diversification. There is a lot of speculation about which industries are essential and how to begin the attraction process.
(Wilmington, Ohio) Partnering with JobsOhio and the Dayton Development Coalition (DDC), the Clinton County Port Authority received 125 Small Business Safety Toolkits to distribute throughout the community.
“Each Toolkit contains 100 3-ply face masks, 10 KN95 masks, and a 24-ounce bottle of hand sanitizer,” said Clinton County Port Authority Economic Development Director Jennifer Ekey. “These are the items small businesses – those with 100 employees or fewer – said would help them in their efforts to reopen safely. JobsOhio and the DDC worked to make these available to us so we could distribute them locally, with a focus on locally owned service industry businesses like restaurants and salons, and specialty retail shops.”
(Wilmington, Ohio) Annually, Ohio Business Magazine sends out the call to organizations throughout the state of Ohio, looking for the Best Workplaces. In its fifth year of recognizing for-profit, nonprofit and government institutions, the publication selected the Clinton County Port Authority to be among the 22 entities, with fewer than 50 employees as a “Best Workplace in Ohio.”
Uptown Consortium, Inc. (UCI) recently received a $10,000 Powerful Communities Grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to continue planning and development efforts for the Innovation Greenway, a multi-acre green space that will be incorporated into the developments at Martin Luther King Drive and Reading Road in Cincinnati’s Avondale neighborhood.