Dwight Smith-Daniels, chair of Wright State University’s Department of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management, said site selectors working with companies on locating new developments weigh several factors, such as infrastructure, where a site will fit relative to a company’s other supply links, the cost of living, worker availability, and the quality of life.
Still, Dayton-area leaders say it’s hard to overemphasize quality locations and roads, a top local development official said.
“I think we’re beginning to see the I-70 /75 area being made into one of the main logistics and distribution corridors in the U.S.,” said Jeff Hoagland, president and chief executive of the Dayton Development Coalition and former city manager of Vandalia. “People are finally seeing that.”
Any sizeable development will draw the attention of site selectors and competitors, creating something of a domino effect, Hoagland said.
“They (businesses) are paying attention to their competitors,” he said. “Now that Abbott (Laboratories) is in town, their (competitors’) ears are perking up.”
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