Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance has lots of big plans to help in the growth of this area.
“We believe international businesses and domestic business will be expanding or relocating to Ohio, because Ohio is very business friendly,” said Jon Cross, President and CEO of the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance. (HCCBA),”Especially Hardin County, because of our skilled work force, low real estate costs, our little to no regulations, which a lot of businesses have to deal with in other places, and access to major transportation infrastructure.”
According to Cross, in the past year, Hardin County has seen tremendous growth with $150 million of new construction and business expansion. Outlined in the five year HCCBA strategic plan, the county has seen the creation of 350 new jobs and unemployment falling below four percent, which is a three percent drop compared to the previous year.
HCCBA is taking proactive measures to prepare and position Hardin County for another phase of new growth, jobs and investment opportunity. They developed a strategic roadmap for the next five years with business priorities set to promote a prosperous business, agricultural, and educational climate, strengthen the local economy and improve the quality of life across the county.
The alliance has restructured its organization to streamline the efficiency and effectiveness of the board and committee meetings. Board leadership terms have been lengthened and various committees were consolidated into four core committee: Executive, chamber and tourism, economic development and community development.