WAPAKONETA — The Rotary Club and Area Economic Development Council welcomed the Mitch Heaton, vice president of economic development of the western region office of Jobs Ohio to a special meeting Monday at The Wapakoneta Eagles building. Heaton is also with the Dayton Development Coalition.
Heaton spoke to the two organizations about what the DDC and Jobs Ohio do in the endeavor of bringing and expanding businesses in the Dayton region. The DDC targets multiple areas of growth to bring businesses to the Dayton region; research and development, commercialization, aerospace and defense, advanced material and factory and IT and advanced data management, Heaton said.
He explained of the 25,000 jobs on, and around, Wright-Paterson Air Force Base, 40 percent of those jobs are IT and data management jobs. Those jobs are in high demand, Heaton pointed out.
The DDC hosts foreign visitors twice a year, spring and fall, showing them around Dayton-area businesses to give them an idea of what the area has to offer. These visits are meant to encourage foreign companies to partner with local businesses to increase projects and employment, Heaton said. The DDC region hosted more than 400 of these visits last year, he said.
“It’s exciting when we get to the day when they say a business isn’t shutting down,” Heaton said. “But is adding 150 new workers instead.”
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