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Ohio Seeks Logistics Jobs for Dayton Area

April 16, 2013

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An effort to bring more logistics and distribution jobs to
the area is starting to take shape.

Montgomery County Transportation Improvement District (TID) trustees voted
unanimously Monday to hire a company to help market and guide the development of
Dayton-area distribution and logistics sites. The vote approved spending no more
than $37,000, plus a projected $7,500 in expenses, to hire York, Pa.-based St.
Onge Co., a supply chain consultant.

Last year, TID trustees voted to be a part of a pact of several area communities
near the intersection of interstates 70 and 75 in an bid to lure more logistics
and distribution facilities and jobs to the region. The idea is to build on the
creation of more than 1,200 jobs in recent years by Caterpillar Logistics,
Collective Brands (Payless Shoe Source), Syncreon and other big warehousing and
distribution businesses, many of those in northern Montgomery County.

The TID also approved in November the rebuilding of Dog Leg Road in order to
make way for possible distribution facilities near the Dayton International
Airport in the city of Union. The district also wants to bring rail service to
the site, said Steve Stanley, Montgomery County TID executive director.

Last year, the TID, with Montgomery County and Butler Township, received a
$75,000 ED/GE (Economic Development/Government Equity) grant to develop and
market logistics sites in the region, a grant that was matched by the Dayton
Development Coalition. The money to hire St. Onge would come from those funds,
Stanley said.

Stanley said he expects ideas from St. Onge on "exactly what types of companies
and facilities we should be looking at."

A plan developed by St. Onge should complement local efforts, said Erik Collins,
Montgomery County development director.

"We want to have something we can grab and take on the road," Collins said.

Earlier this month, Union requested $750,000 in ED/GE funds for what the city
called the "Union Global Logistics Airpark," a "shovel-ready site" for logistics
and distribution facilities, Union said in another ED/GE grant application.

"These things take a while to evolve, but it's beginning to get some direction
here," Stanley said before the trustees' vote.

In a March 19 letter to Stanley and Collins, a St. Onge executive said his
company can help the region target "a list of prospects."

The company has worked St. Louis, Phoenix, Los Angeles and other cities, serving
more than 450 corporations as well, it said.


Source: (c)2013 the Hamilton JournalNews (Hamilton, Ohio) Distributed by MCT Information Services

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