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State development team visits Springfield

ODOD Development Officials in hallway

ODOD Development Officials in hallway

State Business Development visit Springfield

Business Development Chief Martin Irvine is leading his team of Business Development Managers around the state of Ohio to expose them to each of the state’s economic development regions (there are 12) and the variety of industries and economies the state possesses.  The Business Development Managers are responsible for both covering a particular region (in the case of Springfield and Clark County, it’s Michelle Miller) and for covering a particular targeted industry.   At the end of last month, they visited the Dayton-Springfield region and were accompanied by the Governor’s Economic Development Director for the Dayton region, Kevin Carver, and the Governor’s Regional Director for Southwest Ohio, Brewster Rhodes.  Springfield was the last stop on their trip

The Bushnell Building

Although there are many projects in the Springfield area, the focal point of this particular trip was the Bushnell Building, a 125,000 square foot L-shaped building that was built in two phases in 1893 and 1903 as an office building.  Former Ohio Governor and a founder of Navistar and First National Bank Asa Bushnell built the building.  The building is on the National Historic Register, and the Wright Brothers’ patent attorney Harry Toumlin worked in the building. There are tenants on the first and second floors of the building, including a small caterer and café, a 50 style soda shop, a real estate agency, a heathcare center, retail, a dance studio, a fitness center, a spa and salon, a photography studio, and other offices.  The basement is a banquet and conference center.

$5M Job Ready Sites grant

In March, a $5 million Ohio Job Ready Sites grant was finalized between the City of Springfield and the State of Ohio to renovate 75,000 square feet of office space on the third, fourth, and fifth (top) floors.  Jim and Nike Lagos, owners, have already invested $5 million and will be investing another $5 million to create the only Platinum LEED certified space in Ohio. 

>> View blog post on the ODOD staff, their roles and responsibilities

>> View blog post on Tom Franzen’s overview of downtown developments

>> View the website for the Bushnell Building

>> Read an article about the JRS grant

Jim Lagos showing the State team through the Springfield Health & Fitness Space.


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