“In order to sustain this growth, we will need to continue attracting and growing talent in the region. One way we’ve done this in Hamilton is by developing our community to be attractive to the current and future workforce by emphasizing amenities that appeal to a wide range of people.”
Alex Kraemer, economic development manager, City of Fairfield: "I believe the major catalyst for job growth in the City of Fairfield has been the numerous recent expansions from our existing businesses, most notably in the manufacturing, insurance, and health care sector, as well as bringing in new businesses. For this trend to continue, it is important to support our existing businesses and foster a fertile environment for them to grow, while also attracting new businesses with good jobs."
Jennifer Ekey, economic development director, City of Middletown: "From my perspective, we have a number of employers with jobs available which are getting filled, despite the low unemployment rate. Being so ideally situated between Dayton and Cincinnati, Middletown attracts employees from both the north and the south, which opens up our pool of available candidates to fill those jobs."
Barb Wilson, spokeswoman, West Chester Twp.: "When companies seek to expand or relocate their operations, location and accessibility are typically the most critical factors. Butler County's location within 600 miles of more than 50 percent of the U.S. buying power and its ease of access to rail lines, highways and airports make it an easy reach to customers and an attractive location for companies planning to relocate and/or expand operations.
“Continued investment in new infrastructure and improving and maintaining existing infrastructure — including roads, interchanges, utilities and data & telecommunications technology — are critical to sustaining the local economy. Also, encouraging a diverse economy, not reliant on a single industry, and focusing on targeted industries that benefit from symbiotic relationships will help to keep the region sustainable and competitive.”
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BY THE NUMBERS: Butler County job growth and weekly wage growth
2.4: percent increase in employment in Butler County between March 2016 and March 2017
95: rank among the nation’s 346 largest counties for job growth
9.9: percent increase in weekly wage growth from March 2016 to March 2017
19: rank among the nation’s 346 largest counties for weekly wage growth
Source: U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics