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HondaHonda's First Full-Scale U.S. Wind Tunnel Opens in Ohio
March 21, 2022
Car And Driver Magazine reports on Honda’s historic $124 million investment as it opens a full-scale state of the art wind tunnel in East Liberty (READ MORE)



Mid Ohio Regional Planning CommissionMORPC Holds Annual State of the Region
March 16, 2022
Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission honors Downtown Bellefontaine Redevelopment & Small Nation with the William C. Habig Collaborative Achievement Award at its annual State of the Region event . (READ MORE)



West Ohio Tool CompanyWest Ohio Tool Company wins small business honor from NHL team
March 15, 2022
Gear Solutions.com - West Ohio Tool Company of Russell’s Point selected as the Columbus Blue Jackets Small Business of the Month in January. (READ MORE)



TRCEconomic Study Shows Ohio’s Transportation Research Center Generates $127 Million Annually for State
March 11, 2022
Jobs Ohio reported this month that East Liberty based Transportation Research Center has $127M annual economic impact on Ohio based on a new economic impact study conducted by the Center for Economic Development. (READ MORE)


WorthpointAntique Stores are Key to Small-Town Revival Says Midwest Real Estate Developer, Small Nation
January 5, 2022
Travel & Tourism writer Bill Flood visited downtown Bellefontaine to write about its resurgence and the importance of antique and specialty retail stores to benefit small towns. (READ MORE)


7 Sees7 Sees West LIberty
December 17, 2021
WHIO News Center 7’s Molly Koweek visited the quiet little town of West Liberty to explore the festive and historic downtown. (READ MORE)


Best of LoCoBest of LoCo 2021 Award Winners
November 25, 2021
Congratulations to the 2021 winners of Logan County Visitors Bureau and Bellefontaine Examiner, Best of LoCo awards! All winners were selected by popular vote during the month of October 2021. (READ MORE)


 Small NationBG leaders look at Bellefontaine’s “hustle-hard” approach used to rescue that downtown
November 22, 2021
Seventy-five miles due south of Bowling Green sits a town that transformed shuttered businesses into a vibrant downtown.
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MarkerMarker Development to Deliver 200,000 square feet of speculative development in Bellefontaine, Ohio, Investing $14 Million
September 30, 2021
Marker Development LLC, an affiliate of Marker, Inc., broke ground on 200,000 square feet of new speculative construction at Peak Industrial Park in Bellefontaine, Ohio, investing more than $14 million.
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Greater Ohio Policy CenterBellefontaine is a shining example of what urban redevelopment can look like
September 21, 2021
Earlier this summer I had the opportunity to tour downtown Bellefontaine with Small Nation founder, Jason Duff, and some of his team members.
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BetaOhio Cuts Ribbon on World’s Most Connected Highway
September 17, 2021
Scissors in hand, public and private sector partners from across Ohio and around the globe opened the world’s most connected highway today in central Ohio.
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US Governing MagazineBig Ideas for Small-Town Revival
August 12, 2021
Not long ago, a time capsule was removed from the Home Guards Building, one of the more prominent structures in downtown Van Wert, Ohio.
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Jobs OhioJobsOhio Inclusion Grant Assists 28 Companies in Columbus Region
February 22, 2021
JobsOhio, the state’s private economic development corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio, has announced that its Inclusion Grant program assisted 28 companies in the Columbus Region since its inception in 2020, creating over 50 net new jobs, retaining more than 1,600 existing jobs and awarding nearly $900,000 in grants.
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Logan County: New Funding for Distressed Communities Boosts Manufacturers
January 2021
For the past two years, the Ohio Wire Harness, LLC, has been manufacturing a line of cable assemblies and wire harnesses at it's 10-person shop in Bellefontaine. (READ MORE)

 

Small Town Rebounds with Big City Amenities
December 2020
Ten years ago, Bellefontaine, Ohio was struggling. The boom of a century ago was a very distant memory as 70 to 80% of the first floor spaces of downtown buildings stood empty. (READ MORE)

 

Amid COVID, many businesses in precarious spot as 2020 ends
October 11, 2020
NEW YORK (AP) — The final three months of the year, usually a boom time for many small businesses thanks to holiday shopping and celebrations, looks precarious as the coronavirus maintains its grip on the economy. (READ MORE)

 

NetGain Ranked Among Most Elite 501 Managed Service Providers
July 28, 2020
Channel Futures is pleased to name NetGain Information Systems as one of the world’s premier managed service providers, and top MSPs in Ohio, ranking 175 on the prestigious 2020 annual Channel Futures MSP 501list. (READ MORE)

 

Governor's CupThe 2019 Governor's Cups
siteselection.com, March 2020
The Governor’s Cup for total projects per capita this year goes to Ohio and its governor, Mike DeWine. The Buckeye State was a frequent second-place finisher in both categories in recent years; it unseats Nebraska, which claimed the per capita Cup for the past three years. Following Ohio in the per capita contest are Kentucky (164), Nebraska (70), Illinois and Iowa (98). (READ MORE)

 



Agiliti Acquires Mobile Instrument Service & Repair, Inc.
Mobile Instrument Service & Repairagilitihealth.com, 2/19/20
Agiliti, Inc. (“Agiliti”), a leading, nationwide provider of healthcare technology management and service solutions, announced it has acquired Mobile Instrument Service & Repair, Inc., (“Mobile Instrument”), the third largest provider, by revenue, of surgical equipment repair services to the U.S. healthcare industry. The transaction was priced at 11x the company’s 2019 Adjusted EBITDA. (READ MORE)

 



Holland Theatre, Maze Hearing team up to help hearing impaired
The Peak of Ohio, 1/31/20
The Holland Theatre has installed a state-of-the-art “hearing loop” system designed to allow audience members wearing hearing aids to better hear and enjoy live performances, no matter where they are seated in the theater according to Dr. Heather Maze-Smith. Maze Hearing and Balance sponsored the purchase and installation of the equipment as part of the Holland’s recent renovation project.(READ MORE)

Ohio Magazine Best of Ohio Awards
Dayton.com, 1/14/20
Ohio Magazine asked its readers and web-site visitors to vote on their favorite destinations and attractions throughout the state, as it has done for several years running. Full results are available in the January edition of Ohio Magazine. (READ MORE)

Honda Makes Its 20 Millionth Ohio-Made Vehicle
ABC6, 1/13/20
Honda has made over 20 million vehicles in its Ohio auto plants according to a release from the company.(READ MORE)

Food Truck Operators Opening New Downtown Authentic Mexican Restaurant, Bar and Lounge
Small Nation, 12/31/19
The newest restaurant to announce plans to open in 2020 is the Flying Pepper Cantina. The restaurant will feature authentic Mexican cuisine with a modern twist, alongside a beautiful lounge at 137 W. Columbus Avenue. (READ MORE)

Meet the Man Running Ohio's Top Secret Auto Testing Facility
Columbus CEO, 12/30/19
Brett Roubinek traded life as a NASCAR driver and rock ‘n’ roll radio show host to head up the Transportation Research Center, where the future of mobility is being created. (READ MORE)

Downtown Bellefontaine Historic District recommended to National Register of Historic Places
ohiohistory.org, 12/13/19
The Ohio Historic Site Preservation Advisory Board met on Fri., Dec. 6, 2019, at the Ohio History Center at I-71 & 17th Ave., Columbus. At the meeting, the board recommended 10 proposed Ohio nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. (READ MORE)

Honda at 40: Company, Original Employee Grew Together
The Columbus Dispatch, 9/13/19
When Honda celebrated its 40th anniversary in Ohio this week, the milestone carried special meaning for employee Neil Vining. Vining was 22 in 1979 when he landed a job at a new motorcycle factory Honda was opening in Marysville. (READ MORE)

Ohio Caverns is Natural Wonder That's Just a Short Drive Away
The Columbus Dispatch, 7/21/19
Nestled, quite literally, into one of the rolling hills of west central Ohio is Ohio Caverns, one of the state’s oldest tourist attractions. (READ MORE)


The Longest, Driverless Test-Track Opens in Ohio
Governing.com, 7/12/19
A new state-funded facility for testing driverless cars and other “smart” vehicles has opened in the latest expansion of Ohio’s Transportation Research Center. (READ MORE)


Tesla Crashes Repeatedly at $45 Million Ohio Facility, all in the Name of Safety
The Columbus Dispatch, 7/10/19
Foam tires and quarter panels scatter across the Transportation Research Center’s new Smart Mobility Advanced Research Test Center intersection as the Tesla Model 3 and the unmanned foam car finish their low-speed game of chicken. (READ MORE)


Honda Opens Training Center in Ohio to Upskill Workers
Industry Week, 4/12/19
Honda of America Mfg., Inc. is opening a 40,000 square-foot training center to provide new production associates with the skills needed to successfully transition into current manufacturing roles. The two-week, hands-on, program supports workforce training for Honda’s Marysville Auto Plant, East Liberty Auto Plant and the Anna Engine Plant. (READ MORE)