Thank you to our local partners and community members who attended this year's program!  Additionally, thank you to our speakers -- Vince Paumier (USDA), Cherie Boyer & Steve Cohen (SCORE of East-Central Ohio), and Michael Stevens (City of Columbus) who shared their experiences as well as numerous insights that will help grow Licking County.


Weren't able to make it?  Then be sure to check out the video below !!!  Additionally, you will find each of the presenter's presentations included below each of their photos.





    Michael Stevens (bio)                      Vince Paumier (bio)

         Chief Innovation Officer                Comm. Development Spec.

                                                             City of Columbus                                  USDA

                                                                  Presentation                                Presentation




                                            Steve Cohen (bio)                                                      Cherie Boyer (bio)

                                       Former President & CEO                                           Comm. & Tech Manager 

                                     Screen Machine Industries                                              NEWORK Space







ED 101 - Connect (2017)

Our 2nd Annual ED-101 Connect program highlighting the areas of community readiness, workforce development, and transportation.  To learn more this year's program, be sure to check out the video below:

To learn more about our presenters or their presentations, be sure to check out the information below.


Sonja Simpson

District Deputy Director

ODOT District 5

ODOT - ED-101 Connect Presentation



Nate Green

Director, Economic Development

The Montrose Group

The Infrastructure Puzzle




         Lauren Massie                        Dr. Lauri White

               Director of Adult Education  Vice President of Academic Affairs

               C-TEC of Licking County       Central Ohio Technical College

Meeting Local Worforce Needs




Liz Morrison

Director of Networks & Communities

Denison University

Career Exploration in Liberal Arts



Thank you to our partners for your continued support for this vital program.


Host Sponsor:


ED-101 Connect (2016)

The inaugural sessions took place during the first-ever Economic Development Week, May 8, 2016-May 14, 2016, a week set aside by The International Economic Development Council to recognize the importance of economic development as the backbone of community growth.

For those who could not attend, please view the recording of session two, and browse and download the materials and presentations listed below:


GROW Licking County extends special thanks to our sponsor, The Energy Cooperative, for providing attendees with a great meal from Doug's Farside Catering, and to the Office of Attorney General, Mike DeWine, for providing copies of the Ohio Economic Development Manual.

With the first two sessions on the books, GROW Licking County hopes to continue the series with additional discussions of best practices, stories of successes and shortfalls, and insight on the importance of collaboration, we hope these seminars will create a core of “in-the-know” community leaders, entrepreneurs, and business professionals that will be armed with the essential knowledge that is critical to individual and combined efforts to improve infrastructure, attract and retain business, and sustain a healthy local economy for residents and municipalities in Licking County.

GROW Licking County's Economic Development ToolKit


Ohio Attorney General's Economic Development Manual

CRA Fact Sheet

Enterprise Zone Fact Sheet

CRA vs. Enterprise Zone 

Joint Economic Development District (JEDD) Fact Sheet

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Fact Sheet