Canton-Massillon MSA Gains National Recognition A national study on high-tech jobs entitled “High Tech Employment and Wages in the United States,” released on December 6, 2012 shows that Ohio is quickly establishing itself as a hub of high-tech job activity. The study was done by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, commissioned by Engine Advocacy, a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization. The report highlights that Ohio is home to three of the top 25 metro areas for high-tech job growth—more than any other state. From 2010 to 2011, the average high-tech job growth in Ohio was 4.6%, almost double the national average of 2.6%. The Dayton metro area touted a 24.2% increase in high-tech employment growth, leading the state with the creation of 3,500 tech jobs. The Canton-Massillon metro area made the top 25 list, experiencing a 10.1% increase in tech job growth (1,400 jobs). Also the Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor metro saw a 9.1% increase in the number of high-tech jobs created. Steve Paquette, CEO of the Stark Development Board, cited The Timken Company’s work with wind turbines and the fuel cell development by LG/Rolls-Royce as possible contributions to the high-tech job growth in the Canton-Massillon metro area. You can read a copy of the study on-line by clicking here. To see the list of the top 25 metro areas for high-tech employment growth, click here.

Canton Mills Business Park To Get GE Oil & Gas The deal to bring GE Oil & Gas to the Mills Business Park is official. A 24,000 sq. ft. facility will be constructed at the park located on the corner of Faircrest Street and Sherman Church Avenue SW. The industrial service center will serve as a regional hub for all of GE’s Marcellus and Utica shale operations, Fonda Williams, the city’s development director, said in July when the city was finalizing negotiations with GE. GE will join existing companies Medline Industries and Old Dominion Freight Line at the Mills site. GE Oil & Gas is a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Electric and is involved “in advanced technology equipment and services for all segments of the oil and gas industry,” the company’s Website says. The GE project has been estimated at $4.87 million and is expected to create 34 jobs. “We are very excited that GE Oil and Gas has decided to locate in Canton,” Mayor William J. Healy II said in a release. “It is a smart investment for the future of the city and brings with it new jobs and technology, making Canton an ideal location for all shale investors.” To read more about GE’s investment, click on this Canton Repository article.

U.S. Chamber Predicts Job Growth from Shale DrillingA study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce claims shale oil development already has created 38,800 jobs in Ohio, and should add another 100,000 by 2020. The report is the second phase of a three-part study the U.S. Chamber’s Energy Institute has co-sponsored to review shale drilling developments around the country. In Ohio, companies are focused on developing the Utica shale in the eastern part of the state, and a few companies have tapped the Marcellus shale in the southeast. So far the state has seen 38,800 direct, indirect and induced jobs created because of efforts to drill for oil and natural gas from shale formations. Direct jobs include people who are involved with drilling wells, said Christopher Guith, vice president for policy with the Energy Institute. Indirect jobs include businesses—engineering firms and contractors, for example—that assist drilling companies, and induced jobs are with hotels, restaurants, service and retail businesses. The report also said that shale drilling will generate $911 million of state and local tax revenue this year. By 2020, it is expected that the state and municipal governments around Ohio will be receiving an additional $4.6 billion in taxes per year because of drilling. To read more about the chamber report, click on this Canton Repository article.

Stark State College Ranked Among Nation’s Top Producers of Key Associate DegreesIn 2010, Community College Week named Stark State the fastest growing large two-year college in the nation. This year, the weekly publication of community colleges made it clear that growth is not the only factor in Stark State’s success. For 2012, the college is listed among the nation’s top 50 associate degree producers in two key workforce preparation areas. Stark State ranks 16th in the nation in the production of associate degrees in engineering technologies and engineering related fields (174). The college also ranks 23rd in the nation in computer and information sciences and support services (112). To learn more about education in Stark County, click on the Stark Education Partnership Website.

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