“Living Your Small Farm Dream”

Small Farm

In Ohio, we know what we’re doing when it comes to agriculture – it’s our number one industry, contributing billions to the economy annually. When people hear “Ohio” and “agriculture” in the same sentence, the word “innovation” comes to mind. It’s no surprise then, that our resources – schools, conferences, lectures, etc. – are rich with useful, creative, and valuable information. Which is why you should take advantage of knowledge we provide, such as the “Living Your Small Farm Dream” conference, March 23 in Zanesville, Ohio.

The conference, hosted by OSU Extension at the Muskingum Convention and Welcome Center (205 North Fifth Street), will cover topics such as soil basics, beekeeping, livestock nutrition, legal issues, financing/loans, and more. Anyone from a new farmer, just starting out, to the knowledgeable, more experienced farmer is welcome to attend. The deadline to register is March 18th.&

For more information, contact:

Mark Mechling

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The Ultimate Craft Beer Extravaganza

The Ultimate Craft Beer Extravaganza will take place March 8-9th at the Dayton Convention Center in downtown Dayton, Ohio. Attendees will receive unlimited, 1 oz samples of numerous craft beers as well as a meal voucher. Each session lasts roughly 2.5 hours and tickets are expected to sell out quickly. Two other Ultimate Craft Beer Extravaganzas will take place in Ohio – May 24-25 at the Great Wolf Lodge in Mason and September 20-22 in Cincinnati (venue TBD).


The buzz surrounding craft beer in Ohio will only increase over time – since the state passed a law in 2011 that allows breweries to open a tasting room without a second, costly license, breweries have popped up throughout the region. The growth of the craft beer industry in Ohio is evident in events such as the Ultimate Craft Beer Extravaganza. Look for more information about the beer industry, breweries, and distilleries in our July 2013 issue of The Business of Ohio: Agriculture

Northeast Ohio: first freshwater wind energy producer?

With renewable energy on the rise, it comes as no surprise that more and more companies and universities are seeing wind energy as a viable option. Just recently, a Honda plant in Russells Point, as well as The Ohio State University, have contracted to receive 10% and 25% of their energy from wind turbines, respectively. Renewable energy offers many benefits – not just environmental ones. According to the World Resources Institute’s publication Harnessing Nature’s Power: Deploying and Financing On-Site Renewable Energy, benefits from renewable energy include, but are not limited to: reducing energy costs, improving energy reliability, and brand enhancement. Out of all renewables, wind energy is by far the fastest growing industry.

According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), over the past five years, “The U.S. wind industry has added over 35% of all new generating capacity […] second only to natural gas, and more than nuclear and coal combined. ” Renewables, especially the wind industry, create not only a new market for energy, but also a new market for manufacturing, as the demand for wind energy, which means the demand for manufacturing wind turbines, is on the rise. Atlantic offshore wind development could generate up to three times as many jobs as offshore oil and natural gas drilling. Which means it is no small event for Lake Eerie Energy Develop Corp. (LEEDCo) to receive its first installment of funds to begin building wind turbines in Lake Eerie– about 7 miles from Cleveland.

The team working on this project has a number of factors to consider in their plan – the biggest one being how to deal with ice. The current plan would build 9 wind turbines, though LEEDCo hopes to build hundreds offshore turbines, where the best wind exists. Clearly, the Northeast Ohio region is destined to become the first freshwater wind energy producer.

Honda moves support functions to Ohio, creating 50 new jobs.

Honda Motor Co. as part of a restructuring of its North American operations will be moving as many as 50 jobs from California to Ohio 

Effective April 1st the automaker announced Friday it was creating Honda North America Services LLC, a new shared services company. The move brings support functions spread across North America, including legal services, corporate audit and risk management. The positions will be moving from American Honda Motor Co.’s Torrance, Calif. offices.

Hidenobu Iwata will become president of the company and remain in his current positions as president of Honda of America Mfg Inc. and senior managing officer of Honda Motor Co. Ltd.

Honda operates the largest manufacturing facility in the Dayton region with its engine plant in Anna. Their U.S. manufacturing operations are based in Marysville, the plant currently employs about 2,400 workers. Honda announced late last year it is investing $100 million into the local plant and hiring 200 new workers.

UD investing $5M in College Park Center upgrade

The University of Dayton is once again renovating its College Park Center in order to prepare for a department move.

After completing $1.6 million worth of facelift improvements to the building at 1529 Brown St., the university is embarking on another project.

UD will relocate its music department and theater program to the building this fall, after completing $5 million worth of renovations, university officials said.

The project, and the department move, should be completed by the start of classes in August. It will include rehearsal spaces, but no additional performance space. Performances will continue to be held in Boll Theatre and Sears Auditorium.

Architect Levin Porter Associates filed for a building permit for the project with the city of Dayton.





Owens job fair to focus on green industry

Owens Community College will hold a hold a career and job fair Wednesday for those interested in the green industry field.

Participants will meet with representatives from about 20 area employers to learn about careers and how to enter the field. They can also fill out applications for seasonal employment opportunities and will possibly do interviews.

The fair is from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on the college’s Perrysburg Township campus in the audio-visual classroom center rooms 125-127.

For more information, call 567-661-7623 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7623.



Youngstown Vindicator and the Business of Ohio Spread the Word: More Businesses Investing in Downtown Youngstown

Youngstown Vindicator and the Business of Ohio Spread the Word: More businesses Investing in Downtown Youngstown

By Burton Speakman and Jamison Cocklin



There was a time in Youngstown’s past when downtown was just down. Period. Today, that trend has reversed itself as wave after wave of business relocates and reinvigorates the Mahoning Valley’s core district.

However, opinions vary on the success of downtown renovation efforts and the pace and future potential.

Business owners and property developers downtown agree that the area is on an upswing, with development at a pace not seen in decades.

But that momentum and optimism are cast against one overriding concern: It is happening without a collective vision.

Within the last six months, more than 10 projects have been either announced or completed along Commerce, Federal and Boardman streets. Restaurants, bars, retail outlets, residential living spaces and industry-driven projects such as the National Additive Manufacturing Institute are all finding addresses downtown.

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