2021 Annual Report


The Ohio Southeast region rebounded in 2021 from the previous year’s COVID shock in impressive fashion. Not since the shale boom days seven years earlier, had Ohio Southeast Economic Development (OhioSE) seen as much job growth. OhioSE assisted 46 company expansions and new locations in 2021. Those companies will create 1,340 jobs and invest $352 million in fixed assets.

All of these project successes require a team approach with local development professionals, JobsOhio, and often local governments, development districts, small business development centers, lenders, work force development agencies, training providers, business incubators, and the list goes on. We extend our sincere appreciation to all of our partners working to make our region economically stronger.

In 2021, JobsOhio celebrated its 10-year anniversary with near-record performance. The momentum built in the last 10 years by JobsOhio and OhioSE, as the JobsOhio Regional Network Partner for 25 counties in southern and eastern Ohio, is encouraging for the future. Never before has all of Ohio’s various regions been so united in their efforts. Likewise, never before have companies, communities and developers had access to so many programmatic resources. We continue to have grants, loans, and tax incentives to and win competitive corporate project opportunities in the top 10 sectors that drive Ohio’s economy. New to the toolbox are a variety of programs to build an even stronger future economy. JobsOhio’s strategic investments in innovation districts, fast-growth company funding through a growth capital fund, talent development programs, support for transformational downtown mixed-use property redevelopment, targeted assistance to small business in distressed areas or with disadvantaged ownership and investments to leverage speculative site and building development will pay big dividends for Ohio.

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About OhioSE

Ohio Southeast Economic Development (OhioSE) is a nonprofit regional economic development organization covering 25 counties in southern and eastern Ohio. OhioSE is a part of a family of organizations working to improve the regional economy under the umbrella of the Appalachian Partnership Inc. (API), our parent organization.

Under the leadership of the new API CEO Dr. Glenda Bumgarner, API is building out a board of regional executives to be the business voice of the region. OhioSE’s role is to operate as the regional network partner of JobsOhio, serving as the field staff of for JobsOhio in the region. JobsOhio is a private nonprofit corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion efforts. OhioSE helps companies and development organizations access JobsOhio programs to spark new investment and job creation.

We are a team of 12 professionals directed and governed by a board of regional business leaders, development professionals, and relevant subject matter experts who are willing to devote their time and expertise to making our regional economy stronger.

We are grateful to receive the generous financial support of JobsOhio through our service contract and our sponsors: AEP Ohio, Columbia Gas, and Ohio’s Rural Electric Cooperatives. Thank you for your support!

Meet Our Team

“Despite the challenges of 2020, last year was a tremendous year of growth for so many businesses in our region. We’re proud to have partnered with JobsOhio to bring in more than $30.6 million of investment into Southeast Ohio in a year when it was needed most.”

Mike Jacoby

Mike Jacoby


2021 Impact

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This Year in Project Success

The solid workforce and work ethic of Pike County employees has contributed greatly to our success and we feel will do so for this expansion, as well,”

– Blake Pierce, Director of Real Estate.

Rural King (Pike County)

Rural King chose southern Ohio as the new home for their North American Import Center in 2021. The expansion at the former Masco/Mill’s Pride facility in Waverly will bring 200 new employees and an investment of over $33 million into Pike County. The project will grow Rural King’s employee count in Waverly to 715 non-retail employees, nearly a $30 million annual payroll, and nearly 3 million square feet under roof. Aside from the Import Center, Rural King will expand its distribution center and manufacturing operations in southern Ohio. These investments will make Waverly the hub for Rural King goods and will support the firm’s growth for years to come. This latest expansion is the third project OhioSE and JobsOhio helped to incentivize with Rural King originating from its original attraction to the area in 2014.

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Winesburg Chair, Ltd (Holmes County)

Winesburg Chair, Ltd. in 2021 chose to expand its Holmes County, Ohio, campus rather than establishing a new manufacturing facility closer to its growing customer base in the South and West. The project included an 80,000 SF building addition and acquisition of new equipment to increase its production capacity. The total project investment was more than $4 million and will result in the creation of 50 new jobs. The company has been operating in Holmes County for 20 years and employs more than 160 workers. What started as a two-man logging operation has now grown into a vertically-integrated company manufacturing hardwood furniture. The furniture is available from retailers nationally and is marketed as Palettes by Winesburg.

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Winesburg Chair Ltd

We take great pride in the furniture we produce and now offer one of the most complete custom dining lines in the country. We are most appreciative to OhioSE, JobsOhio and Holmes County Economic Development Council for their continued support.”

– Bryan Coblentz, Owner, Winesburg Chair, Ltd

Dirty Girl Coffee

We are so excited to start this new journey. This project will give us the opportunity to expand our operational capabilities and create jobs right here in Glouster, Ohio. We believe when women thrive communities thrive. We are hoping to use this space to have a greater impact on women’s economic progress and facilitate our revitalization goals in Glouster.”

– Jane Cavarozzi, owner of Dirty Girl Coffee

Dirty Girl Coffee (Athens County)

Dirty Girl Coffee is a producer and wholesaler of craft roasted coffee, supplying restaurants, bars and coffee shops and selling retail coffee at dirtygirlcoffee.com. The company, located near the Village of Glouster in Athens County, is investing at least $149,958 to renovate a building where it will expand its coffee roasting operation. The new location is a historic two-story building on High Street in Glouster, where Dirty Girl will install roasting equipment, its packaging and shipping operation, product development, and company offices. The company plans to create five new jobs as a result of their growth. A $50,000 grant was provided through the JobsOhio Inclusion Grant program.

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OhioSE maintains active channels on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram, and sends regular communications through our e-newsletter list.

Opportunity Appalachia

In 2020-2021, Opportunity Appalachia began working with a group of 17 projects in rural Central Appalachia (six projects in Ohio) to provide technical assistance and structure financings with social and financial returns, bringing new investment and jobs to hard hit rural communities in federally designated Opportunity Zones. After a year-long effort to provide design and architectural support, complete market assessments, develop business plans and prospectus, and facilitate investor introductions, 7 projects have identified financing sources and are anticipated to close on +$100M in 2021-22, creating more than 745 jobs in coal-impacted communities. An additional 6 projects are likely to be financed later in 2022 at +$140M resulting in the creation of +270 quality jobs.

Learn more about the expanded second phase of Opportunity Appalachia

Hotel Swisher in Somerset
Preservation Hall in Chillicothe
Lofts in McConnelsville
Gateway Project in Zanesville

Award Winners

Best Project 2021

RK Administrative Services, LLC
Pike County

Best Building Development 2021

Logan-Hocking Industrial Park
Hocking County

Best Site Development 2021

NS Haverhill/SOID Sewer Extension
Lawrence & Scioto Counties

Best Community Development 2021

Noble County Infrastructure Expansions
Noble County


2022 is already off to a bright and promising start. This year, our focus will include: continuing to seek every project opportunity in our region; seeking to win projects drawn by Intel and Nucor; workforce development through the Good Jobs Challenge grant; seeking new large site development to increase our sites inventory in southern and eastern Ohio; and transformational downtown development projects.

While we are certainly working hard and feeling good about the progress we have made over the past ten years, OhioSE is acutely aware that our region still lags the rest of the state in most any measure of economic health. We still have much work to do. But never before has the region had access to so many resources or been organized to act as a functioning region, as we are right now. We are on the right path and the trajectory is only going up. We look forward to continuing to partner with you to make an even better 2022!