Many companies call Ashland County home…

...but don't take our word for it, view the valuable testimonials from companies and individuals we have helped set up shop.

“At Ashland University, we know that a vibrant local economy is one of the keys to developing the kind of community that attracts and retains students and graduates. That is why “Community Engagement” is one of the pillars of our strategic plan. Ashland Area Economic Development (AAED) has been a solid partner, as they are working hard to fuel sustainable economic development for our region. We are committed to a long term relationship with AAED to help ensure that our community thrives today and in the future.”

• Dr. Carlos Campo, President

“As a representative of FirstEnergy, I work collaboratively with Ashland Economic Development towards the same goal: attracting, expanding, and retaining businesses in Ashland County. The Economic Development team understands and proactively addresses the needs of the business community. Whether it’s their open-door, approachable attitude or eager interest to attract, they get the job done!”

• Dan DeVille, Area Manager

“Being new to the area, I was concerned about the face of our business in the community and how we could better integrate Liqui-box. I contacted the Economic Development office and the Mayor to see what could be done. Kathy Goon and the Mayor both made time to come out and meet with my team. Within a matter of weeks, we were supported, by Kathy in putting us in contact with the Learning Center to develop leadership training, the utility for support in better future expansion opportunities, and also the City Engineers to aid us in improving how Liqui-box is represented in the area. It was shocking how quickly the City of Ashland responded and the Economic Development office has continued to be a great resource for further integrations. Kathy is an advocate of Ashland and does all she can to best represent the community.”

Bernard Alexander, Plant Manager

“From the first discussions of locating a permanent home for Rossi Machinery Services, Inc., Ashland Economic Development worked tirelessly providing Mike and me with every possible option and location available to us. They took us to every available building in their database and introduced us to many great businesses and government officials. Since this process was all new to us, Ashland Economic Development walked us through every step of the way. We highly recommend working with Ashland Economic Development; they promote business development in the Ashland area.”

• Christine Baker Rossi, President

“Juliana Bridal was simply started with dream and desire to make every girl feel beautiful when she walked down the aisle. With the help and guidance of Ashland Council for Economic Growth & Development, along with a grant from Erie Basin we were able to purchase the inventory from a local home-based business that was closing & open a well-needed retail location right in downtown Ashland. The support and success of Juliana Bridal has been overwhelming, it’s been an incredible opening year & I cannot wait to see what this year and the years to come bring us and this community!”

• Jessica Neff, Owner

Thank you for helping us to formulate a business plan for our Shelby Joes sloppy joes sauce business! We truly appreciate your help, your passion for your job and your kind and caring attitude about our new business.”

• Shelby Joe & Brenda Lee Cutlip, Owners

“In mid February of 2014 Transport Worldwide, Inc. started the task of locating a office facility to handle our growth on a worldwide basis. Kathy and her team had contacted real estate and local business owners and were able to locate several options for us. We were able to ink a deal on a great location that offers us the opportunity for many years of growth. We have called on Kathy and her team at AACED for several other opportunities and they always rise to help. Business owners could not ask for a better partner.”

• David Allen

“Ashland is a great County in which to live and do business and AACED will connect you with the resources for you to do just that. They can help you: 1) make your business idea come to life, 2) make an informed decision on building and/or land, and 3) connect you with funding sources that will impact your bottom line. I’ve seen them do this countless times because they know how to make the right things happen! We at the Chamber of Commerce count it as a privilege to work alongside Kathy and her team of experts in Economic Development!”

• Barbie Lange, President

“Ashland has been a great place to start a business because of the community support and manufacturing network.”

• Geoff Hillman, CEO

“Working with the AAED Team has been a key factor in moving our project forward. Their welcoming and friendly approach, coupled with a strong community commitment, ensured us that we were working with the right team. We are excited to be investing in the Ashland Community and look forward to a long lasting partnership.”

• Taunia Suckert, CFO for SJE, Inc.

“Right from the start, the initial reception and support that COMTEX (Central Ohio Medical Textiles) received from the Ashland Area Economic Development team exceeded our expectations.  All business needs communities that are committed to a mutual success that is sustainable. The Ashland Area folks just understand how a partnership must work – they just get it!  We are pleased to be investing in this community.”

• Myles Noel, CEO

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