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In Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Preble Counties

Wright Patterson Employment and Economy In Clark Greene Miami Montgomery and Preble Counties

Western Ohio is part of the Till Plains, which include Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Preble counties. The Till Plains are characterized by soil that is deep and fertile, making it ideal for agriculture, and the state’s food and agricultural cluster accounts for 14 percent of Ohio jobs, but whether you’re in agribusiness, manufacturing, technology, logistics or a service industry, you’ll be in good company here.

Ohio has been a leading manufacturing state since the mid-1800s. During the last two decades of the 20th century, Ohio became the nation’s leader in machine-tool manufacturing, the second-leading steel producer and a pioneer in oil refining. Installation of new oil pipelines has boosted the demand for steel throughout the state, and domestic oil and gas production is projected to create 1.1 million jobs in related manufacturing sectors like steel over the next few years. Manufacturing contributed $108 billion to Ohio’s total economic output of $608.1 billion in 2015 — a 17.7 percent share. Manufacturing isn’t the only thing driving Ohio’s economy. Food production is also big business in the Buckeye State.

Ohio has long been a state that supported small businesses and entrepreneurs. The state is home to Development Services Agency, which includes the Community Development Corporation Economic Development Program. This program encourages entrepreneurship, creates and retains long-term, private-sector jobs and enables community and economic development investment in underserved neighborhoods throughout the state. Eligible individuals and businesses may apply for funds from either of these programs:

  • Microenterprise Business Development Program: Funding to provide training, technical assistance and business loans to low- and moderate-income Ohioans interested in establishing or expanding microenterprise businesses.
  • Community Development Finance Fund Program: Funds for community and economic development programs benefiting low- and moderate-income individuals and neighborhoods.

The median age in these five counties ranges from 37 in Greene County to 40 in Miami and Preble counties, meaning the workforce skews older and more experienced. Median household income in Clark County is $43,011, $58,775 in Greene County, $51,847 in Miami County, $43,281 in Montgomery County and $48,147 in Preble County, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Rail and Transit Access

Centrally located in the East North Central Division of the Midwest, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is about 120 miles from Indianapolis, 215 miles from Detroit, 245 miles from Pittsburgh and 150 miles from Lexington, Kentucky.

Many major east-west transportation corridors go through Ohio. One of those pioneer routes, known in the early 20th century as Main Market Route 3, was chosen in 1913 to become part of the historic Lincoln Highway that was the first road across America, connecting New York City to San Francisco. In Ohio, the Lincoln Highway linked many towns and cities, including Canton, Mansfield, Wooster, Lima and Van Wert. The Lincoln Highway’s arrival in Ohio was a major influence on the development of the state. Upon the advent of the federal numbered highway system in 1926, the Lincoln Highway through Ohio became U.S. Route 30.

Ohio also is home to 228 miles of the Historic National Road, now U.S. Route 40, and has a highly developed network of roads and interstate highways. Major east-west routes include the Ohio Turnpike (I-80/I-90) in the north, I-76 through Akron to Pennsylvania, I-70 through Columbus and Dayton, and the Appalachian Highway (state Route 32) running from West Virginia to Cincinnati. Major north-south routes include I-75 in the west through Toledo, Dayton and Cincinnati, I-71 through the middle of the state from Cleveland through Columbus and Cincinnati into Kentucky, and I-77 in the eastern part of the state from Cleveland through Akron, Canton, New Philadelphia and Marietta down into West Virginia. Interstate 75 between Cincinnati and Dayton is one of the heaviest-traveled sections of interstate in Ohio.

Ohio also has a highly developed network of signed state bicycle routes. Many of them follow rail trails, with conversion ongoing. The Ohio to Erie Trail (Route 1) connects Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland. U.S. Bicycle Route 50 traverses Ohio from Steubenville to the Indiana state line outside Richmond.

Natural Resources

Ohio is blessed with a rich and varied landscape — from rolling foothills, deep forests and parklands, to flat, fertile farmland. For the past 200 years, the state’s natural beauty and rich natural resources have played pivotal roles in its economic and cultural development. Since the 1800s, more than 3 billion tons of coal have been mined in Ohio. In 2011, Ohio’s oil and gas industry drilled an estimated 460 oil and gas wells in 42 of its 88 counties. Also in 2011, industrial minerals such as limestone, sand, gravel and salt were mined in 87 of the state’s counties, and each year, Ohio harvests 300 to 400 million board feet of timber.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

Ohio’s reputation as the birthplace of aviation is more than a catchphrase. The state’s aerospace industry has an annual economic impact of more than $8 billion. In 2014, the most recent fiscal year for which figures were available, Wright- Patterson Air Force Base’s total economic impact was $4.3 billion, with over 62,000 direct and indirect jobs created on or near the installation at any given time.

Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) has had a surge in spending on small business contracts, rising nearly 30 percent in the Dayton area and 33 percent in Ohio since 2013. The Wright-Patterson-headquartered command has spent nearly a billion dollars more — jumping to $4.6 billion in fiscal 2015 from $3.6 billion in 2013 with small businesses nationally, reinforcing local defense spending even while Pentagon budget cuts have reduced the number of military troops and weapons over time. AFMC spending on Dayton-area small business contracts reached $223.2 million in fiscal 2015, climbing from $171.9 million in 2013.

Communities bordering the base also have benefited: In Fairborn, AFMC spent $46.8 million in both fiscal 2015 and 2014, a jump from $40.4 million, or 15.6 percent in 2013. In Beavercreek, spending reached nearly $34.8 million in 2014, a 136.3 percent jump from $14.7 million two years prior, according to AFMC figures. Centerville saw the most dramatic percentage hike based on $10.7 million in AFMC contracts in fiscal 2015, compared to almost $159,000 two years earlier — up more than 6,600 percent. Xenia contractors captured $5.2 million in deals during fiscal year 2014 compared with $2.2 million in 2013, a nearly 130 percent jump.

Statewide, Ohio small businesses captured $387.3 million compared with $291.1 million in fiscal 2013, a 129 percent hike.

Employment Resources

Wright Patterson Employment and Economy Employment Resources

National Resources

At the national level such websites as www.monster.com, www.careerbuilder.com, www.jobs.com and www.indeed.com have extensive search capabilities as well as resume tips, forum support and professional networking options.

The National Military Spouse Network, a networking, mentoring and professional development organization, has a wealth of career information at its website, www.nationalmilitaryspousenetwork.org. The group aims to help military spouses build a meaningful, sustained career path and offers a library of articles that touch on topics from entrepreneurship, resume tips, self-promotion and more as well as a membership-only discussion forum. The organization also features companies that are military spouse-owned or military spouse-friendly on its Homefront Business Listings page.

Local Resources

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

4020 E. Fifth Ave.
Columbus, OH 43215

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services offers a wide range of assistance for Ohioans seeking work or to hire workers. This includes employment and training assistance, guidance for young people, grants for dislocated workers, an incentive program, labor market information, help for veterans, and more. Visit http://jfs.ohio.gov/owd for additional information about these services and how to access them.

State of Ohio


Employment opportunities with the state of Ohio are posted online. Search by category, department or location, then apply online.

Clark County

50 E. Columbia St.
Springfield, OH 45501

Clark County’s website has jobs posted online with benefits information, and applications are available for download along with submission instructions. You can also view developmental disabilities job postings and state of Ohio job postings.

Greene County

Jobs and Family Services
541 Ledbetter Road
Xenia, OH 45385

Jobs are posted by category, department and date. Benefits and salary information are included for most positions, and you can apply online. For help or support, visit www.governmentjobs.com/Home/ApplicationGuide.

Miami County

201 W. Main St.
Troy, OH 45373

Miami County’s website has jobs posted online with benefits information, and applications and submission instructions are available for download.

Montgomery County

Human Resources Department
451 W. Third St., Ninth Floor
Dayton, OH 45422

Montgomery County uses an online applicant tracking system. Applications must be submitted online. Jobs are posted online with benefits information, and applications are available for download with submission instructions. Call 937-225-6128 for information about vacant positions.

Preble County

101 E. Main St.
Eaton, OH 45320

Visit Preble County’s website for a list of current job opportunities. Information to apply for available positions is posted online with benefits information, and applications are available for download.

City of Beavercreek

1368 Research Park Drive
Beavercreek, OH 45432

From the main menu on city’s website, click “Employment” to connect with job opportunities and the city’s online application process.

City of Centerville

Human Resources Department
100 W. Spring Valley Road
Centerville, OH 45458

From the main menu on city’s website, click “Employment” to view job openings and download the city’s application for employment.

City of Dayton

101 W. Third St.
Dayton, OH 45402

From the main menu on city’s website, click “I Want To …” to view employment opportunities, register for access to city job openings and the city’s application, which can be submitted electronically or by mail.

City of Fairborn

Human Resources Division
44 W. Hebble Ave.
Fairborn, OH 45324

From the main menu on city’s website, click “How Do I?” then select “Apply for Employment Opportunities” to access Fairborn’s job openings and the city’s online application. You can also view and apply for volunteer opportunities and fill out a job interest card. Only online applications are accepted.

City of Huber Heights

6131 Taylorsville Road
Huber Heights, OH 45424

From the main menu on city’s website, click “Employment” to access job openings in Huber Heights and the city’s online application. You can also view and apply for volunteer opportunities here.

City of Kettering

3600 Shroyer Road
Kettering, OH 45429

From the main menu on city’s website, click “Employment” to access Kettering’s job openings and the city’s online application.

City of Riverside

5200 Springfield St., Suite 100
Riverside, OH 45431

From the main menu on city’s website, click “Apply For” then “Employment” to access city job openings and the city’s application, which can be submitted electronically or by mail.

City of Springfield

76 E. High St., Third Floor
Springfield, OH 45502

From the city’s website, click “Employment Opportunities” to find open positions, employment resources, positions that were previously open, employment applications, and answers to frequently asked questions. A general employment application is available for download and applications for current open positions can be turned in to the Personnel Department on the third floor of City Hall.

City of Xenia

City Administration Building
107 E. Main St.
Xenia, OH 45385

From the main menu on city’s website, click “How Do I?” then “Apply for Employment Opportunities” to access Xenia’s current openings. Unsolicited applications and/or resumes are not accepted. Applications can be downloaded online or packets can be picked up at City Hall. Completed applications can be hand-delivered or mailed to the Human Resources Department.

Employment Agencies

Wright Patterson Employment and Economy Employment Agencies

An employment agency can offer posts ranging from high-level administration to warehouse work. Many employers use agencies as their human resources department. Agencies advertise, interview, test and manage payroll. A temp-to-perm arrangement allows the employer and prospective employee to evaluate each other before committing to permanent employment.

Municipal and regional chambers of commerce include local employment agencies in their member lists, along with contact information. See Page 21 for a list of chambers of commerce in Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Preble counties.

Job-Seeker Tips

Wright Patterson Employment and Economy Job-Seeker Tips

Always keep your resume up-to-date and have different resumes that target specific industries and highlight your skills that fit their job descriptions.

Compile several reference lists with a good variety of people and former business associates. Be sure to first ask each if you can use them as references.

Compose a comprehensive, catchy and succinct cover letter of no more than a page (this is no place to ramble). It will introduce you and your desire to work for the company. Have a knowledgeable friend check it for errors; misspelled words and bad grammar hint at carelessness and indifference. Know what the company does, and highlight skills, work experience and education that apply to the position. Be aware that many employers now accept only online applications, so get comfortable with computers.

Maintain a positive, professional and broad-based presence on social media such as Facebook and LinkedIn; almost all employers search social media sites to vet job candidates, and your absence there will raise red flags. Also be very, very aware that images and comments posted spur-of-the-moment can be searched out forever and come back to haunt you.

Be prepared for an interview at any time. When you submit your application, a supervisor may want to talk immediately, or the phone may ring with a call from a hiring director. Compose — and rehearse — your one-minute self-promotional speech on who you are, an achievement or two and your strengths. It’s not vanity to make a good first impression. If a supervisor wants to know why she should hire you, be ready.

Always follow up with thank-you letters and calls. Even today, a letter as well as the quick-response email will separate you from a surprising number of the other applicants — to your advantage — and keep your name fresh in the interviewer’s mind. Judicious calls display your continued interest. Writing out beforehand what you want to say helps. So does rehearsal.

Be aware that due to the usually huge numbers of applicants, most companies are able to follow up only with candidates in whom they are interested. Don’t take it personally if you’re not notified that you didn’t get the job.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Civilian Opportunities

Federal Jobs

Visit www.usajobs.gov to search for Department of Defense jobs at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

NAF Jobs

For information about service jobs, including openings in lodging, marina, recreation areas and more, (nonappropriated fund positions), visit www.88thfss.com/humanresources.htm.

Exchange Jobs

For Base Exchange jobs, visit the AAFES career page at http://odin.aafes.com/employment and search for Wright-Patterson.


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Ohio Small Business Development Center

The Ohio Small Business Development Center offers small-business resources and workshops for those looking to start a business in the state. Visit www.cantonsbdc.org or contact the center at 6000 Frank Ave. NW, Dayton. Call 330-244-3290 for more information.



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