The plan at hand seeks to improve the future of Southern Ohio by using a regional approach to build upon the existing platform. The goal is to widen the pipeline of talent through an enhanced supply of interns and co-ops to businesses operating in strategically selected industry clusters: (http://www.cincinnatiusa.org/industry-clusters/):
BioHealth: The southwest corner of Ohio is home to more than 220 businesses involved in the research, testing and production of pharmaceuticals, medical devices and equipment, and agricultural products.
Finance, Insurance and IT: The region is home to more than 3,500 businesses employing 62,000 area residents in this important cluster.
Advanced Energy: The region is poised to take advantage of the fast-growing alternative and renewable energy industry.
Consumer Products, Brand Development, and Creative Services: Driving Cincinnati is a strong core of global companies such as Procter & Gamble, Kroger, Macy's and the world leading brand development company LPK .
Food Processing and Agriculture: Southwest Ohio is considered a hub for the over $20 billion worldwide flavor industry, whereas Southeast Ohio has a long tradition of traditional food processing.
Advanced Manufacturing, Polymers, Automotive, and Aerospace: Southwest Ohio ranks in the top fifteen areas nationally for the number of companies directly involved with aerospace products and parts manufacturing and also hosts 25% of tier one automotive suppliers as well as 300 companies in polymer related industries that all contribute to advanced manufacturing.
The above clusters have been defined through an iterative process involving the Office of the Governor, the Cincinnati USA Chamber of Commerce, and local business communities.