Economic Development

Metropolitan Areas with more than one million people

The City of Middletown is strategically located between the Dayton Metropolitan Area and the Cincinnati-Middletown Metropolitan area, with less than a 30 minute drive to either downtown Dayton or Cincinnati. The federal government is expected to merge the two MSA’s as part of the 2020 census. A combined Cincinnati-Dayton metropolitan with 2,950,285 people would rank the region as the 18th largest in the U.S. behind San Diego-Carlsbad, California, and ahead of Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida.

A Stable and Business-Friendly Environment

Over the past two years, the City of Middletown implemented the One Stop Shop concept, whereby new business prospects can meet with the City development team (Economic Development, Planning, Zoning, and Building Inspection) before, during and after the project so that the City can streamline Planning and Zoning compliance, permitting issues and construction inspections to most easily, quickly and cost-effectively gain compliance for new businesses with all city requirements. We are passing a new zoning code in first quarter 2018, which should be one of the most comprehensive and state-of-the-art zoning ordinances in operation in Ohio. We have defined land use plans that clearly lay out permitted and conditional uses in areas surrounding the proposed project site.  

Urban or Suburban locations with the potential to attract and retain strong technical talent

The pool of educational facilities and access to employee talent in the area is extensive. In Middletown, the city hosts the Miami University-Middletown branch of Miami University, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Greentree Health Sciences Academy, and partners with nearby Warren County Career Center and Butler Tech.

The greater Dayton and Cincinnati metropolitan areas offers a robust pool of talent with post-secondary graduates from the Air Force Institute of Technology (Wright-Patterson AFB), Antioch College (Yellow Springs), Cedarville University (Cedarville), Central State University (Wilberforce), Kettering College of Medical Arts (Kettering), Sinclair Community College (Dayton), University of Dayton (Dayton), Wilberforce University (Wilberforce), Wittenberg University (Springfield), Wright State University (Fairborn), the University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati), Northern Kentucky University (Highland Heights KY), Xavier University (Cincinnati) Gateway Community and Technical College (Covington), College of Mount St. Joseph (Cincinnati), Thomas More College (Crestview Hills), and Wilmington College (Wilmington).