Foreign Direct Investment

Ohio is an attractive state for foreign direct investment (FDI) and the OhioSE region offers sites and buildings ready for occupancy, an available workforce with a strong work ethic, and regional partners ready to assist FDI projects to help you understand how to do business in the US.

This skilled workforce, Ohio’s tax advantages, and wages below the U.S. average make the region an enticing choice. Our logistics include highway, rail, and barge freight options which allow businesses to move product and raw goods inexpensively. We are a one-day drive to 50% of the U.S. and Canadian populations.

Fifty-five foreign-owned companies from twenty-two countries currently thrive in the region.

Soft Landing Can Benefit Small to Mid-sized Companies

OhioSE is committed to continuously improving the FDI process to support international companies looking to invest, and our soft landing program provides a flexible strategy to explore business opportunities and test market viability before committing significant resources.

Through a network of business incubators and assistance providers, we coordinate resources and services that are extremely cost-effective, allowing you to establish a presence in the market on highly favorable economic terms. Because Ohio University and the Ohio State University are partners in managing regional incubators, they may be able to assist with resources to explore:

  • Import/export laws
  • U.S. Market research
  • Technical expertise such as Lean, ISO, occupational safety and health
  • Cultural guidance and more

Resources of the soft landing program include The Innovation Center, Ohio University’s award-winning business incubator, and the OSU Endeavor Center in Piketon. Please talk to us about your potential FDI project and your project needs, and we will see if our network can help. 


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