Doing Business in Clinton County - Economic Development

Doing Business in Clinton County

The Wilmington-Clinton County area is excited to welcome your business to our community. Clinton County provides the ideal environment for businesses to start and grow. For us, home is defined by the small town values and quality of life that have shaped our community for generations. We are proud of our hard work ethic and spirit of self-reliance, as well as our commitment to community and to serving one another. Yet, we are a small town with a global presence. Our community is home to global leaders in aerospace, logistics, health care, manufacturing, and technology leading farmers. We are also home  as well a vibrant community of entrepreneurs that define our unique small town quality of life. We are a community committed to working in partnership with our businesses to ensure that they are free from barriers and that they have the resources they need to thrive and grow.

Learn more about why Site Selection Magazine ranked Wilmington one of the top 10 Micropolitan Regions in the country to do business in 2013.

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The Heart of a Growing Region

Wilmington and Clinton County in the heart of Southwest Ohio, just a short drive to the metropolitan areas of Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus is a place called home. Our residents choose Clinton County because of the rural beauty and small town lifestyle, but with over 5 million people within 60 miles, we’re still convenient to all the big city amenities and attractions. Clinton County is easily accessible to a wide selection of shopping, restaurants, sports, cultural events and employment opportunities both locally and within the adjacent Cincinnati and Dayton suburbs. Visitors choose Clinton County to enjoy our outdoor recreational opportunities, the beauty of the countryside, our fairs, festivals and theater, our destination restaurants and businesses, and for employment and higher education. Businesses choose Wilmington and Clinton County for our skilled workforce, prime location, and our nationally recognized resilient spirit.

We excel in educational and recreational opportunities. The presence of Wilmington College (founded 1870), Southern State Community College, and Laurel Oaks vocational school enrich our community with practical and advanced degree training and a small town college atmosphere. Within 60 miles there are over 20 major colleges and national universities, including The Ohio State University, the University of Cincinnati, Wright State University and the University of Dayton. Southwest Ohio has one of the nation’s largest concentrations of engineers, skilled machinists and technically trained fabricators. Families take advantage of quiet living along with excellent ranked local schools, the historic Murphy Theater (1918), Boyd Auditorium at Wilmington College, 2 state parks and an outstanding local parks system, miles of paved multipurpose trails, our historic Italianate downtown Wilmington on the National Register of Historic Places and a civic minded community that has long valued the arts, education and a sense of this important place.

We pride ourselves in providing a vibrant quality of life. Wilmington and Clinton County has a low crime rate, outstanding community services including an awarding winning public taxi service, and diverse independent businesses. Our area has been heralded by many national media organizations including CBS, Fox News, The New York Times, The Economist, National Public Radio and others for our proactive efforts for local businesses, young professionals, economic development and the redevelopment of the Wilmington Air Park.

Clinton County offers both a trained local workforce and workers in Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus, a prime exurban location that offers many country charms with big city advantages, and aggressive economic development incentives including CRA’s, a Foreign Trade Zone, and Enterprise Zones. From transportation/logistics and manufacturing to engineering and biomedical research – Clinton County is home to a diverse and sophisticated corporate landscape. We recognize that our success is dependent on people: the businesses they support, the causes they believe in, and the homes they make. We look forward to welcoming you to this place called home.

Clinton County Job Creators — Renee LaPine

Renee LaPine, President & CEO of EMSAR, on our regional advantage sitting in the center of the Cincinnati, Dayton, & Columbus.

Quality of Life

The Clinton County Experience

The primary focus of Clinton County’s leaders is to provide every family with financial security, schools that work, quality healthcare, safe neighborhoods, recreation and leisure time, social belonging and ever-expanding economic opportunity. These are the building blocks of a superior quality of life. These goals are paramount in Clinton County.

Location

Clinton County is located in southwestern Ohio and has an estimated population of 43,399. Located between Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton, Clinton County is within easy driving distance of all three cities as well as Indiana and Kentucky. Wilmington’s downtown, the county seat, is on the National Register of Historic Districts and has also received designation as an Ohio Main Street Community, a program designed to preserve historic downtowns. Security isn’t an issue in our rural community; it’s a safe place to live and visit, an attribute that has considerable value.

Healthcare

Wilmington-based Clinton Memorial Hospital is a 95-bed acute care facility which operates medical/surgical, intensive care, obstetrics, acute rehab, sleep lab, wound care and emergency services. Services include home and corporate health, family medicine residency, and physician practices in family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and neurology. The hospital was founded in 1951 and is owned by RegionalCare Hospital Partners, Brentwood, TN.

The Clinton County-based Foster J. Boyd, MD, Regional Cancer Center brings together a range of advanced radiation and medical oncology services, programs and staff expertise. Support services such as massage therapy, family counseling, nutrition information and an appearance boutique allow for a holistic approach that focuses on the person, not just the disease. Until the cancer center opened in mid-February 2007, area patients needing extended cancer care (in particular linear accelerator-based radiation therapy) needed to travel to major metropolitan hospitals to access high-tech cancer weapons. In order to participate in a coordinated cancer program, area residents often had to drive thousands of miles over the course of their treatment, far away from the support of family and friends.

Clinton County is located in southwestern Ohio and has an estimated population of 43,399. Located between Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton, Clinton County is within easy driving distance of all three cities as well as Indiana and Kentucky. Wilmington’s downtown, the county seat, is on the National Register of Historic Districts and has also received designation as an Ohio Main Street Community, a program designed to preserve historic downtowns. Security isn’t an issue in our rural community; it’s a safe place to live and visit, an attribute that has considerable value.

Education

Clinton County has four school districts: Blanchester Local, Clinton-Massie Local, East Clinton Local and Wilmington City. Blanchester has 1,771 students. Clinton-Massie has more than 1,773 students. East Clinton has 1,571 students and Wilmington has more than 3,300 students. Averaging the four districts, the student to teacher ratio is 18.4, the expenditure per student is $8550 and the graduation rate is 93 percent.

The Laurel Oaks Career Development Campus provides high school juniors and seniors with career and technical education. Children with disabilities attend school in their respective school districts. Education for these students is coordinated through Town and Country School and the Clinton County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.

Wilmington College, founded in 1870, is a private liberal arts college with about 1,200 students. The college was founded by Quakers and promotes the Quaker ideals of humanitarian service, nonviolence, peacemaking and social justice.

Southern State Community College has four locations that serve Clinton, Adams, Brown, Highland and Fayette Counties. The North Campus is located in Wilmington and houses the Corporate and Community Services division.

The Blanchester, Sabina and Wilmington public libraries cooperate to offer a range of materials and services. Clinton Memorial Hospital also has a medical library which is open to the public.

Sports & Recreation

Nature is a strong force in Clinton County having numerous state, city and village parks that offer many opportunities for outdoor recreation. There is also a YMCA for indoor recreational activities. The county has three golf courses, recreational trails, nature preserves, several outdoor pools, and strong 4-H and FFA youth programs. Wilmington College participates in 21 sports within NCAA Division III. The county is also the destination for a number of sporting events.

Heritage & Leisure Rich in its history of bygone days with deep pride for its Quaker heritage, Clinton County is a place where you can still find fresh produce at roadside stands or you can pick your own. Historic architecture and venues are plentiful and cherished.

Exceptional family festivals are a regular occurrence, from the Banana Split Festival to the Clinton County Corn Festival, to the celebration of lavender at the Summer Solstice Lavender Festival or the Wilmington Art & Pottery Festival which celebrates the arts. Hometown Holidazzle, an illuminated parade and festival, rings in the holiday season the weekend after Thanksgiving. The Clinton County Fair celebrates the agriculture heritage of the area and involves many of the area’s youth. There’s an event for everyone.

And because we are within an hour’s drive from Cincinnati, Columbus, and Dayton, major attractions are easily accessible. Plan a riverboat cruise, a trip to an amusement park, an evening watching the performance of an outdoor historic drama, or a visit to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force — all within a short drive away.

Tourism

In 2011, visitors to Clinton County spent $81.5 million acting as an economic stimulus for the area with tourism supporting 1 in every 18 salaried jobs. Visitors to the area recognize the superb quality of life in Clinton County.

Demographics

Data is critical to making good business decisions. Find key data below about the population and demographics of Clinton County. For more information:

Population By Age
Number Percentage
Total Population 42,416 100%
Under 5 years 2,937 6.9%
5 to 17 years 7,633 18.0%
18 to 24 years 4,195 9.9%
25 to 44 years 10,831 25.5%
45 to 64 years 11,363 26.8%
65 years an more 5,457 12.9%
Median Age 37.7
Household Income
Number Percentage
Total Households 16,323 100%
Less than $10,000 1,264 7.7%
$10,000 to $19,999 2,116 13.0%
$20,000 to $29,999 2,065 12.7%
$30,000 to $39,999 1,723 10.6%
$40,000 to $49,999 1,443 8.8%
$50,000 to $59,999 1,624 9.9%
$60,000 to $74,999 1,908 11.7%
$75,000 to $99,999 2,133 13.1%
$100,000 to $149,000 1,469 9.0%
$150,000 to $199,999 334 2.0%
$200,000 or more 244 1.5%
Median Household Income $46,261
Educational Attainment
Number Percentage
Persons 25 years and over 27,651 100%
No high school diploma 3,795 13.7%
High school graduate 12,362 44.7%
Some college, no degree 5,630 20.4%
Associate degree 1,809 6.5%
Bachelor’s degree 2,584 9.3%
Master’s degree or higher 1,471 5.3%
Specified owner-occupied housing units
Number Percentage
Specified owner-occupied housing units 11,459 100%
Less than $20,000 338 2.9%
$20,000 to $39,999 254 2.2%
$40,000 to $59,999 408 3.6%
$60,000 to $79,999 1,142 10.0%
$80,000 to $99,999 1,555 13.6%
$100,000 to $124,999 1,994 17.4%
$125,000 to $149,999 1,585 13.8%
$150,000 to $199,999 1,948 17.0%
$200,000 to $299,999 1,605 14.0%
$300,000 to $499,999 440 3.8%
$500,000 to $999,999 115 1.0%
$1,000,000 or more 75 0.7%
Median value $125,600

 

Establishments, Employment, and Wages by Sector: 2010
Industrial Sector Number of Establishments Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wages
Private Sector 732 12,919 $495,307,287 $737
Goods Production 117 3,306 $159,569,467 $928
Natural Resource & Mining 6 36 $1,008,191 $536
Construction 63 212 $8,625,024 $782
Manufacturing 48 3,058 $149,936,252 $943
Service Providing 615 9,613 $335,737,820 $672
Trade, Transportation & Utilities 10 322 $11,472,633 $686
Information 10 322 $11,472,633 $686
Financial Services 82 704 $27,052,427 $739
Professional & Business Services 88 739 $27,755,523 $722
Education & Health Services 90 1,530 $48,643,820 $611
Leisure & Hospitality 77 1,243 $15,160,291 $235
Other Services 58 275 $6,461,668 $453
Federal Government 153 $8,868,921 $1,113
State Government 180 $9,205,662 $982
Local Government 2,981 $113,498,447 $732
Establishments, Employment, and Wages by Sector: 2010 Change Since 2005
Change since 2005 Number of Establishments Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wages
Private Sector -1.6% -39.4% -35.9% 5.7%
Goods Production -16.4% -33.0% -19.8% 19.7%
Natural Resource & Mining 0.0% 2.9% 17.8% 14.5%
Construction -25.9% -43.3% -16.4% 47.3%
Manufacturing -2.0% -32.4% -20.1% 18.2%
Service Providing 1.7% -41.4% -41.5% -0.3%
Trade, Transportation & Utilities 5.5% -57.6% -55.1% 5.8%
Information 0.0% 20.6% 32.9% 10.5%
Financial Services 0.0% -17.9% -8.1% 12.0%
Professional & Business Services -2.2% -33.4% -7.7% 38.6%
Education & Health Services 20.0% 22.1% 15.9% -5.1%
Leisure & Hospitality -2.5% 3.5% 21.1% 16.9%
Other Services -13.4% -26.1% -12.9% 18.3%
Federal Government -8.4% -1.7 7.1%
State Government 31.4% 55.0% 17.7%
Local Government 0.5% 15.9% 15.3%