Richard Florida recently released a study saying that tax incentives are becoming less of a location factor. Similarly, the New York Times published a series on the use of tax incentives and the lack of a corresponding return on investment to states and localities. It looks as if Gov. Kasich is developing a corresponding view for Ohio.
As a life long Ohioan, there are many great assets in Ohio: world class universities, available land, buildings, reasonable utility costs, a large supply of labor with a re-known midwestern work ethic. There are entertainment complexes, fantastic suburbs, exciting large cities, and picturesque rural areas. Every type of housing one could think of are found here; cities and towns with exemplary local services. Ohio is a mix of traditional manufacturing, entrepreneurship, and to use Florida’s three T’s: technology, talent and tolerance (well, we’re working on that last one).© 2012 Economic Development Data Services