Economic Report: Hamilton is Booming!


The city’s 2014 Economic Development Annual Report details eight projects that resulted in 335 new jobs and $83 million in capital investment

2015 0630 economic graphic01There was significant growth in the health care, advanced manufacturing, and logistics industries. The city’s newly revamped business incubator The Hamilton Mill experienced a significant amount of activity and a number of downtown projects were announced or completed. The report also summarizes the significant infrastructure projects underway in Hamilton that will have important economic development consequences.

2015 0630 economic graphic02“This year was rewarding from a number of perspectives, but most importantly it represented a year that Hamilton’s businesses expanded their operations in the city when presented with opportunities elsewhere,” writes Economic Development Director Jody Gundarson in the report. “Our medical system grew based upon the confidence and commitment they have in Hamilton and the region. The City was able to attract transportation funding for a project that had been on the drawing table for over a century based in large part on the confidence the State of Ohio has in the growth of our local economy.

“Due to the growth in employment opportunities, Hamilton companies have strengthened their collaborations with our Universities, Colleges, and Tech schools. The City witnessed the continued investment in our downtown business district as well as other commercial nodes throughout the City. All of this is occurring in our community as we collectively strive for excellence in each endeavor we undertake.

“I saw a poster once that sums up this attitude with greater meaning than I can express: Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe, dreaming more than others think is practical, and expecting more than others think is possible.

“The City of Hamilton economic rebound can no longer be said to be experiencing traction, but instead it should be characterized as momentum.”


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Bike path section to be dedicated Wednesday

The Hamilton Community Foundation will celebrate the expansion of the Great Miami River Recreation Trail with a dedication ceremony at 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 1.

A project of the City of Hamilton, this local part of the trail has also received funding from the Hamilton Community Foundation and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Clean Ohio Fund.

In 2001, the Foundation celebrated its Golden Anniversary by providing a series of Legacy Gifts to the community.  These long lasting, significant gifts further demonstrated the Foundation’s commitment to improving the quality of life in the community.

The gifts included the Michael J. Colligan Lodge, Foundation Field, Lentil Park and the entrance sign to the City of Hamilton.  The local expansion of the Great Miami Recreation Trail is the final Golden Anniversary project to be completed.

The ten foot wide asphalt trail conforms to ADA standards, with no elevation greater than 5 percent and is suitable for runners, walkers, bicyclists and rollerbladers.

Work started in the fall of 2014 on this two mile trail connector trail which connects two existing trails. This connector trail is now finished, stretching from an now go from Rentschler Forest MetroPark to downtown Hamilton and continue south along the Great Miami all the way to Joyce Park.

The connector trail is Phase II of a $5 million project.  Phase I, the ten mile stretch from Rentschler Forest MetroPark to Canal Road, was dedicated in June 2012.

 It is all part of The Miami Valley Recreation Trail, the nation’s largest network of paved, off street trails.  MVRT encompasses more than 300 miles of trails connecting ten counties.

The new connector trail entrance is off Canal Road near Allison Avenue. To get there, take Ohio 4 North; turn left on Allison Avenue and proceed to end of the road. Turn left on Canal Road and the trail will be on the right. 

Multiple use trails are Ohioans’ favorite outdoor recreation facilities. Ohioans want more trails close to home and they want those trails to be connected, according to an Ohio Department of Natural Resources study.


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MUH schedules campus visits for July

Miami University’s regional locations will host Campus Visit Programs from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 15 at Miami Hamilton and on Thursday, July 16 at Miami Middletown.

Both mornings will feature presentations on admission, financial aid/scholarships, and the application process. Participants will explore college majors, including bachelor’s completion degrees offered at Miami’s regional locations. Learn about our newest degrees and majors in Information Technology, Liberal Studies, and Commerce. Current Miami students will serve as tour guides.

Check in will begin at 9:15 a.m. A pizza lunch will be provided. All are welcome at this event and reservations are encouraged.

Can’t make either of the Campus Visits? Then register for a Tour & Talk on Friday, July 31 from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at both Miami Hamilton and Middletown.

Fall classes will begin on Aug. 24; application materials must be received by Aug. 1. Those seeking to apply for financial aid are encouraged to do so by Aug. 1.

To register for a Campus Visit or Tour & Talk, log on to For more information contact the admission office at Miami Hamilton (513) 785-3111 or Miami Middletown (513) 727-3216. Miami University Hamilton is located at 1601 University Blvd. Miami University Middletown is located at 4200 N. University Blvd.

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Local business plans to double in size over the next three years

ODW Logistics & Transportations Services (LTS), a leading provider of transportation management services, commits to hire 40 people over the next three years. This will bring their total number of employees to a minimum of 77. The company was originally started in Hamilton’s business incubator and currently operates out of One Renaissance Center in downtown Hamilton.

“The City of Hamilton, REDI Cincinnati, and the State of Ohio have proven to be great partners in facilitating growth in our business,” according to ODW LTS President John Guggenbiller. “ODW (formerly Ohio Distribution Warehouse) has a deep history in the state of Ohio and we cherish the opportunity to grow our team of professionals and giving service back to the community.”

ODW LTS has experienced significant growth since it was established in 2009 and was named one of Inc. Magazine‘s Fast 500 in 2013 as one of the fastest growing companies in the United States. Because the company projects continued fast-paced growth, they partnered with JobsOhio, REDI Cincinnati, and the City of Hamilton for assistance on their next phase of growth. The State of Ohio approved a 45% Job Creation Tax Credit for 5 years.

“ODW is a great company and we are very happy they have chosen again to stay and grow in Hamilton,” said Jody Gunderson, City of Hamilton Economic Development Director. “ODW offers quality opportunities for young professionals and we feel lucky to have them in downtown Hamilton.”

Supply chain and logistics has been a growing industry, especially in Ohio, a state that is literally logistically The Heart of it All. ODW takes a unique approach to market, brining value to clients in 3 key dynamics: (1) Culture – hire, train and grow professionals; (2) Solution Development – listen, learn, and build; and (3) Technology – eliminate wasted touches and improve visibility of product and costs. As it relates to business, Guggenbiller says, “Our goal is to provide a service that allows our customers to grow their core business, inspiring innovation and driving the economy.”

The company is one of three segments of ODW Logistics, Inc., which is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Since 1971, ODW Logistics, Inc. provides integrated logistics solutions in multiple industries. ODW is a full service third party logistics (3PL) provider with the technology, infrastructure and personalized service to provide a seamless supply chain experience for customers.

For more information on ODW Logistics & Transportation Services, please visit their website here.

Independence Day Festivities In Hamilton

The City of Hamilton will celebrate the 4th of July through a number of family-friendly activities on Saturday, July 4th.

The theme for this year’s activities is “Celebrating Hamilton’s History – The Great Miami River.”

At 10:00 AM Hamilton’s 53rd Annual 4th of July Parade will step off from the Butler County Fairgrounds and will end at the Butler County Courthouse. Among the many floats and groups participating in the parade will be five area high school marching bands.

Following the parade there will be a Patriotic Ceremony at the Butler County Courthouse where special recognition will be given to all veterans. The Hamilton Concert Band and local elementary students will also perform.

Other activities will include a Taste of Hamilton throughout the day around the courthouse and open houses of local historical sites from 11 to 4.

At RiversEdge Amphitheater, the Divine Steel Band will perform at 4:30, the 500 Miles to Memphis Band will perform at 6:30 and Lindi Ortega will perform at 8:30. At 10:00 the community will be treated to Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks Extravaganza on the River sponsored by the City of Hamilton’s Concert Series at RiversEdge Amphitheater.

All activities will be free of charge.

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Lane Libraries Night at the Hamilton Joes Game

Join us at Hamilton’s Foundation Field on Tuesday, July 7, 7:00 p.m. for the Lane Libraries Night at the Hamilton Joe’s game. (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.) Adults who show their Lane Libraries card for this game will get in for $3.00.

Children ages 11 and under, sign up for the Summer Reading program at the library and get a free ticket to a Hamilton Joes baseball game! Each ticket is valid for any home game this summer at Foundation Field.

No registration required. For details, call 894-1409. Foundation Field is located at 1140 S. Front Street, Hamilton.

For more information about this and other programs at the Lane Libraries, please call 894-6557 or visit the Lane website at

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Miami Regionals adds new Bachelor of Science in Commerce Degree

Recognizing that the vast majority of businesses are small businesses, Miami University’s Regional Campuses have introduced a new Bachelor of Science in Commerce, with a major in small business management.

Approved by the Ohio Board of Regents earlier this month, the degree is the culmination of study of the business needs of the region, according to Dr. G. Michael Pratt, associate provost and dean of the College of Professional Studies and Applied Sciences which is based on the regional campuses.

“Our research showed that, nationally, 99.7% of businesses are classified as small businesses. Better equipping small business managers and owners, and preparing future business owners in our region, was an area of need that we could help meet.”

According to the US Census Bureau 2012 Economic Census, there are over 335,000 firms in Ohio employing fewer than 100 persons, with more than 2.1 million persons employed by those firms, and an annual payroll in excess of $74.7 million.

Offered through the Department of Business Technology, the new degree features Miami’s renowned liberal arts foundation (the Global Miami Plan) backed by hands-on applied education.

The degree is designed for persons managing a small business, looking to build one of their own, or wanting a foundation in commerce. It is designed for students straight out of high school, adult learners or transfer students, associate degree holders in business or other majors, and military veterans.

Students will pursue in-depth study of small businesses based on a foundation of courses in traditional business areas such as accounting, management, marketing, and computer based business analysis.

Building on those business foundations, advanced courses focus on small business applications in management and operations, marketing, sales and promotions, plus current issues and innovation in small business.

As regional campus students, those pursuing the degree will benefit from one of the lowest regional tuition rates in Ohio, in addition to the convenience, comfort and accessibility of campuses in Hamilton, Middletown, and West Chester. The program will offer flexible class scheduling, online course options, and extensive student support.

The degree is part of Miami’s College of Professional Studies and Applied Science, and available entirely and exclusively at Miami’s regional campuses.

“Your diploma says Miami,” said Ted Light, chair of the Department of Business Technology, about the new program.  “This degree – especially for those in small business – says you made a wise choice”

For more information visit or call the Admission Office at the Hamilton Campus (785-3111) or the Middletown Campus (727-3216).

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